Thanks for replying. I did what you said, and it did take one step out of the startup :-)
If I start the computer, I get a black screen that says
"Alert! OS Install Mode Enabled. Amount of available memory limited to 256MB"
Strike F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utillity.
I hit F2, entered the setup utility and then escaped. I then got a black screen that said
"This disk can't boot: it was formatted by CPBACKUP. Change disks and press a key"
I have no discs in any drives. When I hit any key, I get the same message. I then ctl-alt-del and when the XP logo comes up, I hit F12, then 2)Primary drive. I then F1 to continue, F2 to run setup. I hit F1 and then it finishes booting XP (this is where I had the choice between 2 XPs and I got rid of the second one using the method you posted).
I don't remember installing CPBACKUP, but maybe I did. I had that message before my computer started acting up a week ago. The MS tech guy helped me to format the harddrive (just wiped everything I had, which was ok since I didn't need what was on there as I backed up everything I wanted to keep) and reinstall windows. Everything I posted above this paragraph happens since the harddrive was formatted and XP reinstalled.
Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate it.