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Two XP's in same PC


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silver1

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I tried to do a clean install at work, and by mistake i added a second XP Operating System. Now everytime i start the PC i have to choose which one to use. What i would like to do is to remove the one i never use because this machine is unusually slow. I know it only has 128 MB of RAM but other computers at work are the same and are much faster. I don't get any errors at all and i don't think it has a virus or worm of any kind, eventhough i haven't run an antivirus in safe mode yet.
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Hi silver1!

You didn't really install two operating systems. Sometimes when you install xp the Master Boot Record (MBR) of the hard drive isn't complete wiped and therefore your computer thinks there are two versions of XP when in fact there is only one.

To fix this, right click on MY COMPUTER and select PROPERTIES, then click on the ADVANCED tab and then click on SETTINGS under the STARTUP & RECOVERY heading. Then click EDIT next to the line To edit the startup options file manually, click EDIT. Copy and paste in your next reply here what is listed and I will tell you what to change.

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as opposed to when I actually TRIED to install 2 XP's [dual boot] on a single HD............. I tried this using System Cdr 8.1 and it did not work. The most recent installed version takes precedence over any previous versions ov XP. Very strange, as I can get multiple 2k's to run on a single HD, but not XP's
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Thanks Fenor, i will do monday and let you know.
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Hi Fenor, i did it and here it's what you wanted
[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="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

Thanks

Edited by silver1, 14 November 2005 - 10:49 AM.

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Hi Fenor, This is the original reply.

Hi Fenor, i did it and here it's what you wanted
[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="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

Thanks
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Actually it looks like you do have two versions of XP installed on your machine. How many hard drives do you have in your machine? If you only have one, then I suggest you format the D: drive and then remove the line that saying: multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect from the boot.ini file and then reboot your computer.

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Edited by Fenor, 19 November 2005 - 07:01 PM.

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