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Old 01-19-2005, 08:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question disabling os choices

I recently put xp on an old dell system. When I turn the computer on, I get a list of choices of os's that i can use to boot with. Only problem is that xp is the only os installed. The rest say "choose second, choose third, choose...." or something to that extent. how can i disable this message to where windows automatically starts up?
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Right Click on My Computer and click Properties. Choose the Advanced tab and then click the Setting button under Start Up and Recovery. Choose one that you want to use and then uncheck the 'Time to display a list of Operating Systems' or you can Click Edit and manually change the Boot.ini file
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when i right clickon my computer i only see general and shortcut tabs
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edit the boot.ini. this method is the safest way to do it without accidently rendering your computer unusable. go to start>run type "cmd" without the quotes and hit enter.

1) type "attrib +a -s -h -r c:\boot.ini" and hit enter
2) type "edit c:\boot.ini" hit enter and it will bring up your boot.ini file

this is how a default win xp pro boot.ini should look like:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

after you edit the file, you can point and click to save and exit..

then type

"attrib +a +s +h +r c:\boot.ini" press enter and you are done!
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