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Old 08-09-2005, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My son said he accidently put a second copy of windows xp pro in my cdrom and partially completed a windows install. Now when I boot up I have two choices: My orignal OS and the new windows install. How do I get rid of this 2nd install request log at boot?
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You'll have to go into your Boot.INI file........

Heres what a normal xp boot.ini will 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


This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows XP on a separate partition.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windo ws XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect


Just go into the boot.ini and delete the second installation
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Thanks!!!!! I had suspicion that is where I needed to be but now I'm going to have to remember how to access boot.ini!!
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Thanks!!!!! I had suspicion that is where I needed to be but now I'm going to have to remember how to access boot.ini!!
No problem, it's a hidden file don't forget, so you have to unhide it. Should be in the root of your drive.
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Haven't had a chance to do it yet but it's sort of moot because I'm reinstalling a fresh XP pro this weekend. For some strange reason, my XP pro update serial number isn't recognized my MS Genuine (?). I bought XP pro OEM. I want it for reinstall without previous windows verification anyway. Thanks for all your help!
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for the sake of ppl google-ing for the answer, all you have to do is right click my computer and go to properties (or use the windows key+pause/break key), click the advanced tab go to startup and recovery settings and click edit to access boot.ini.
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for the sake of ppl google-ing for the answer, all you have to do is right click my computer and go to properties (or use the windows key+pause/break key), click the advanced tab go to startup and recovery settings and click edit to access boot.ini.
I didn't google the answer
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neither did I... i just knew it
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Bump: Update. Editing the boot.ini file accomplished nothing. I had to boot from the XP cd and enter recovery : went to bootcfg /fixboot and and selected the primary os boot from there and..................done deal. Any speculation as to why modifying the boot.ini file failed?
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You didn't modify it correctly?...?
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