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i recently built a pc and installed a xp pro on it... but then decided to use a differnt version of xp that i had knocking around... so i put the disks for windows professiona xp custom.... ?w/e tht is? lol and installed it. e verything worked fine and it is much better than the normal xp for waht i wanted to use my pc for... appart from it seems to have failed to install over the old version so now when i turn the pc on... i hav 2 choose which os i want 2 use

the choices are:

Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Professional

!?!?! both the same. so anways. i chose one of them (which appened to be the new one i put on) and went to my computer > c drive... and i have 2 files called "Windows" and "Windows.0"...
i checked out the dates that there were created and seeing as both folders contaimed similar subfolders/files... deleted the oldest one as i thought it was the older insalled version of xp...
but not i only have one file called Windows.0... but i still get the choice of 2 os's on bootup. when i select the older version i am told it cannot run due to missing files and the pc restarts and i go back to the os choice menu.

i have had windows xp pro and mac osx runnin g at the same time before but that was with acronis os selector and on an old pc... what is going on? and how can i delete the old os files... or just get rid of the choice and make it automaticaly boot up with the working xp???
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boot to the working version of windows, click on the start button, then the run button, in the box type "notepad.exe c:\boot.ini" without the quotes...notepad should open up with some words in it....copy everything from that file to your next post
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Notepad document reads as follows...

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS.0
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS.0="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
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so you deleted the windows folder and kept windows.0?
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yes because that was the latest one... it was the one with the most recent creation date...
i did wrong? lol
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heheh...you answerd that question in too many parts...

windows folder is gone

windows.0 is still there correct?

if this is correct

do the start > run > notepad c:\boot.ini again and delete the following line

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

then save the boot.ini file and reboot...you should now not have any choices..and you should boot directly into windows
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Yes thats right... ok will give it a shot... thanks :whistling:
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Oooooookay... so i did what you sugested.. and it worked :whistling: ...
but... for some reason it seems to take over a a full minute and a half waiting on the black Windows XP Professional loading screen...? any ideas as to why it has suddenly slowed down quite so much since i did that? and another thing... when i do finaly get onto my user account, the display settings are all back to defualt... and i have to set them back to a viewable size etc before i can do anything... and i seem to always get a 'New Found Hardware' notification popup... telling me about my 'HID compliant mouse' and keyboard and that i should let the wizard search for new software updates etc...
why is nothing ever simple??? haha
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