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Old 12-07-2006, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am currently using XP Media Center as my OS and I had partitioned Vista Beta but have recently unpartitioned it and put the space back to my C: drive. Now when i boot up, the message asking me what os i want to use is still there and it was defaulted onto vista. When i click it , the error message states that is it simply not installed and that i should install it. However, I want it gone so that Media Center will boot up normally on its own like it used to. What can I do to fix this?
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Edit your boot.ini file and remove the entry for vista.
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to do that, from a run command type 'msconfig'
one more way to do it is from 'my computer' properties, in the 'advanced' tab, select [settings] in the 'startup and recovery' section
from there you should be able to click on [edit] 'to edit the startup options file manually,...'

if that doesn't work you can enter recovery console from the OS install disk, follow the instructions to get to a prompt and type 'fixmbr' (for fix master boot record)
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Its still not gone... so i went to the unmodified boot.ini and then it also added xp pro to the list so I deleted that from the file but I'm still getting vista on the list as the default as well... however its not saying anything about vista in the boot.ini file...

[Boot Loader]
Timeout=3
Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windo ws XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

So Vista is still sitting there and my guess is that it has something to do with another .ini file doing it. Any suggestions?
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if that doesn't work you can enter recovery console from the OS install disk, follow the instructions to get to a prompt and type fixmbr (for fix master boot record)

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