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well, it finally went to 33. It took ten minutes.
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ACK!
Still 33 minutes.
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Ok...let it run for a bit more while I boot my machine into recovery console...I'll see if I can get to the boot.ini file and edit it. We'll need to remove that setup from there to get it to stop.

I'll get back to you shortly.
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sounds good to me.
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Hi there! You know, I really have to get to bed. I have to be up by 6, and even though it's not quite midnight, Im fighting off a cold and am soooo tired. The comp is burning my eyeballs, lol.
I will try any suggestions that you put here. And if I have to log off and go to bed, I relaize that it might take a bit of time for us to re-connect tomorrow. (unless there is a time that you are most likely to be on here, im available most of the day)
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Let's give this a try...

Remove the cd from the drive and reboot. During bootup, tap the F8 key to access the Safe Mode options screen. In the list of options, towards the bottom, there is an option to "Go back to OS list" (or similar)...select that option and press "Enter".

Post back with what is listed for operating systems. Be sure to note any differences in wording.

Tomorrow will be fine...it's an hour later here than where you are. :whistling:
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Okay, well, I did the F8 tap, it brought me to a screen that said
Please Select Boot Device
removable device
hard drive
Atapi CD-Rom

I picked hard drive, whcih of course brought me back to the familiar Windows Installation screen. Which should I pick when I do this again?
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When you get the boot order window, press "Esc" for default and continue tapping the F8 key. That should take you to a Safe Mode options screen.
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Okay. There are two Os systems
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Both exactly the same.
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Was one of them already selected? Perhaps the bottom one?
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the top one is highlighted
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Ok...let's assume that one is the Setup. Select the other one and press "Enter" Let me know what happens.
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selected the lower one, and it brought me back to windows installation. should i insert disk and let it go? or perhaps go back and try the upper one?
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Try the top one. Where I'm headed is to try to get to the original installation and get it running, but we need to stop this Setup from running on boot. :whistling:
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chose the top one. It still goes to setup and asks for the disk.
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