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Windows installed twice.. Even after reformat?


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Paulie7

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A PC I'm currently working on has just been reformatted (by me(twice now)) and is showing TWO installations of XP each time it gets reformatted. Is there a way to remove one? Shouldn't there only be one in the first place?
There is only one drive plugged in at the moment so there's no chance of XP being installed on another drive.

One of the times I reformatted it, it ended up coming up with an error about 'hal.dll' missing. Research revealed that it was a problem with the BOOT.INI? This happened before Windows would even begin to load.

It is becoming quite frustrating. I have no idea what to do now.

BTW - The OS is XP Professional SP2

System specs are as follows (If they help?)

Intel C2D E6700
ASUS P5B-Deluxe-WiFi
2gb DDR2
Geforce 8800GTS
80gb SATAII


Cheers guys :whistling:
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Hi Paulie7...

Do you actually have two operating systems aboard or are you just getting prompted for which you want to start when you boot the machine?

Open Local Disk C:...how many folders with "Windows" in the name do you see?

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Thanks for the response :whistling:

The HDD has been completely wiped.. So there couldn't be any old files residing on the hard drive.
I have installed XP Pro ONCE.. yet during the boot process it asks me whether I want to choose 1: XP Pro or 2: XP Pro.

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Does it boot when you choose the top one?

Open Control Panel (Classic View) and double click on the "System" icon. Click the "Advanced" tab. In the "Startup and Recovery" section, click on the "Settings" button. In the window that opens, click on the "Edit" button. A notepad window (boot.ini) will open. Copy and Paste the contents of that window here for me.
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Yes, it currently boots when the top one is chosen.

The PC in question is actually at home. I'm at work at the moment and am unable to access that info.
However, I will be able to paste it in here in about an hour and a half.. Maybe less. If you're still around then :whistling:
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Go ahead and paste it for me...if I'm still up, I'll deal with it tonight. If not, first thing in the morning. It's nearly midnight here.
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No worries. I've got the owner of the PC coming over in a bit over 4 hours. Hopefully I can suss it out by then.

Bugger about the time zones. It's only 3:50pm here.
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The boot.ini should look similar to what I have below. Removing the line of text shown in red should remove the prompt at startup. Once you remove the line of text, click "File" on the toolbar and choose "Save". Close all open windows and reboot.

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

Make sure the information next to "default=..." is the same as the remaining line under [operating systems].
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Excellent! Thanks wannabe1, I will check this shortly
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Yes, it had the extra line.

I've now removed it. Hopefully things go smoothly.
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