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Multiple WinXP install problems


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GovtCheese

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I was recently working on my wife's computer which had recently required a reformat. I couldn't get her computer to boot off floopy, cd, or anything else with both of her HDDs blank, even after checking my startup options in BIOS.

I decided to try setting up her master drive as my slave and installing XP on that. Needless to say, it didn't work... It installed it just fine on mine, but whenever I changed the drive and put it in hers, it did nothing.

Anyways, all is well now other than I have to keep selecting which Windows XP version I want to boot everytime I start my computer.

Could someone tell me how to get rid of this 2nd install?
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Start > Run > and type: msconfig

its in there somewhere :tazz:

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Start > Run > and type: msconfig

its in there somewhere :tazz:

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Ratmilk: It won't be anywhere near there as the problem is with the boot.ini file !!

Howdy GC:

Go to This Microsoft Page .

It will show you what your boot.ini file should look like and tell you how to edit it.. When you installed the second copy of XP on your wife's hdd, it changed the boot.ini file to reflect a dual-boot system!!

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That's almost got me where I need to be...

Thing is, I'm having trouble with this part of it:

Removing an Operating System
At the command prompt, type:
bootcfg /delete /ID#
Where # specifies the boot entry ID that you want to be deleted from the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file (e.g. 2 for the second Operating system that is listed.


What do I type instead of "#"? I've tried typing
bootcfg /delete /ID2
bootcfg /delete /ID#2

and I keep getting 'invalid argument/option' errors

What do I actually type?

Here is the text from my boot.ini file

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


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Murray S.

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You want to remove the last line..

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

Save the change and reboot..

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msconfig has access to the BOOT.ini
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msconfig has access to the BOOT.ini

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But, you can't edit it through msconfig.. That has to be done through a text editor such as notepad..

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I had the same problem and fixed it. Thanks for the help! My question is, how do I tell if I actually have two different XP's installed? Did this delete one, or just hide it when I boot? Thanks in advance.
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