This follows on from my closed thread Dual Boot 3.
The Windows XP Installation I didn't want was on my D Drive. The one I kept is on my C Drive. Having fixed boot.ini to stop dual boot - thanks mainly to sknake and also to Fest3er, I searched D for all files with the recent date 18/6/09 on which I installed it, checked they and associated folders were right for deletion as far as I could determine, then deleted them. I didn't try shift delete, as I thought that just in case I have to recover then I'll just let them go to recycle bin.
I had a problem with the My Documents as I couldn't delete them from D, but I managed to delete (that is it went to recycle bin) using software "Unlocker".
As everything then seemed fine I next tried to delete from the recycle bin. I find it difficult to remember the exact sequence but it seemed I had deleted them; but they returned after closing and reopening the recycle bin. Up until then I hadn't used Unlocker on the recycle bin. Then I tried deleting the desktop in the recycle bin, and I used Unlocker to do it. It didn't delete all, but what that revealed is that even although the remains of the operating system that I am trying to delete, (which was on D) never had the same desktop as the one I am currently running on C, the deletion affected the current desktop, removing lots of icons and leaving the remainder randomly placed.
Next I tried renaming the folders in the Recycle bin and deleting them - that seemed to succeed, but again after closing and reopening recycle bin they are still there. I renamed My Documents - after, My Computer - after2, and the network one renamed after3.
Now I find that when I click on Start, these above names "after" "after2" and "after3" are there in place of the original names. But at least when I click on these it takes me to the folders and files of the current installation.
In the recycle bin there is a separate recycle bin and when I click on empty recycle bin in the drop down list area for the main recycle bin the recycle bin within the recycle bin emptied.
I would appreciate any help I can get on this.