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rexchronos

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i have delete window at second hard drive E:.but always need choose window when start the pc.can help me remove it?
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rexchronos

Welcome to GeekstoGo.

I realise from reading your post that English is not I presume your first language.

If that is the case, you have sone well, but could you please provide a little more detail and try your best to make the query just a little clearer.

Do you have two Windows installations, one on C drive and one on E drive.
If so is the E drive a separate DRIVE or simply C drive partitioned.

If you have TWO windows installations and simply want to remove the requirement to select which to boot to here is how to remove one from the boot.ini
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022

This will not DELETE the installation it will simply remove whichever you select from the boot.ini.
BE CAREFUL if you delete incorrectly, your computer will not boot.

IF the installation on E drive is the one not required then using thie below as an example and the link above for the procedure

This example of a boot.ini

This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition. [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)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

has xp Professional - ID1
Windows2000 - ID2

if you wanted to remove the Windows2000 on partition 2 from the boot.ini you would edit out that line.
Therefore, YOU would edit out the line applicable to the one you do NOT want to appear as an option of the boot.
Once you have ONLY one O/S it would then go to the Welcome screen , rather than asking which option you wished to select.


UNINSTALLING the actual system on E drive would need further details from you before I could advise you.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 11 November 2011 - 09:09 AM.

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:yes: sory for bad english.
-my hard disk have 3 partition C:,D: & E:
-partition C: have window xp pro & E: have window 7
-i already format partition E:(delete window 7)
-but at the boot screen(before welcome screen) have 2 option "window xp" & "window 7"
-i don want option of the boot appear

I already try your way,but I not find window 7 in boot.ini.this my boot.ini:

;
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=3
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT


thanks for help me. :)

Edited by rexchronos, 12 November 2011 - 05:32 AM.

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Not a 100% sure but I think that when you formated your partition E it did not format the boot sector of the partition (since it is all on the same Hard Disk) so the two choices you see when you start the computer were from the Boot.ini of windows 7 and since it is still there you still see the choices of both OS when your start.

Download and run Fdisk, with this program you will see all the MBR on your hard disk and if I am right you shoulkd have 2 one on C and one on E, delete the one on E and you should not have that message when you start your computer.


Hope that helps
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Go Start, right click my computer and click properties, on the window that opens, click the advanced tab

On the Advanced tab, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.
Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the operating system you want to start when you turn on or restart your computer.
Select the Display list of operating systems for check box, and then type the number of seconds you want the list displayed before the default operating system starts automatically.

If you set that very short, that will get rid of the requirement to choose and allow you to boot directly to XP

In relation to the actual Windows 7 installation on E partition go to Control Panel Administrative Tools Computer Management, Disk Management and post what is shown there regarding the drives.

If you are reasonably happy to continue without further guidance you can use EasyBCD

http://neosmart.net/...read.php?t=8890

and here is the download for the free edition, scroll to the bottom of the page for the free download

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1


Re the post from Alzeimer he is right and you can do it that way, but if you make a mistake, using FDisk you will end up with a system that will not boot at all.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 12 November 2011 - 11:41 AM.

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:) where to download fdisk.i only find super fdisk.
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Edited by rexchronos, 13 November 2011 - 06:44 AM.

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Firstly -
You have insufficient free space on your drive C. 7% free space is not enough and you should always maintain at least, and that is the least 10%.

However to deal with the issue to hand - HAVE you proceeded as per my post 5 in relation to the three paragraphs.

You said earlier that you had formatted partition E - do you mean that you had simply DELETED the Windows 7 installation on that drive. OR have you formatted it and now installed other data.

You should really have sorted out the boot requirements, BEFORE you uninstalled Windows 7.

Go to the links I sent for the EasyBCD, download run it and see what is shown on the View Settings tab, then you need to go from there.
All the information you need is there on the link
In essence run the CD click the View Settings tab see what is shown.
but basically you are going to do this.
Use EasyBCD > BCD Deployment > Install XP bootloader > Write MBR.
After that XP will be the only OS that boots (reverting to NTLDR / boot.ini instead of bootmgr / BCD)
You can then format the W7 partition and reinstall it on a new PC.
When W7 is dead, you can delete the \boot folder and the bootmgr file from XP. They won't be used once NTLDR is back in control of the boot process.


OR that part of it that is now applicable to you.
Does this assist
http://www.lytebyte....l-windows-7-rc/

Edited by Macboatmaster, 13 November 2011 - 07:22 AM.

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oic .thanks.yup.i already install game in E: :) .
finally!!!!!!!!!It work.option boot not appear.picture step is easy to follow up :)

U the best bro :)


THANKS

Sorry for bad english :yes:

Edited by rexchronos, 13 November 2011 - 07:58 AM.

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I am pleased it worked for you.

I could have typed it all out for you, but that is rather time consuming and as you say a picture paints a 1000 words.
Good luck with it come back whenever you need to and welcome again to G2G

Do not forget to keep an eye on that free space on the C drive.
Always remember of course that you can install programs etc related to C drive on the other partition with plenty of free space.
You cannot easily move then over now of course as the registry entries etc relate to C drive.
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