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#1 Nickat Night

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 06:16 PM

I have Windows XP Home, SP 3 on a Dell Desktop PC. Whenever I boot (or reboot) I get a screen that requests that I choose the Operating system to use. It times down from 30 seconds and chooses the 1st option if I do not choose one of them. However, the 2 choices are exactly the same ... MS Windows XP Home Edition (and it makes no difference as to how the system boots ... or how the PC works after booting if I pick one or the other).

I cannot restore to an earlier point as it has been going on for a long time. I don't know exactly when it started. ... but I suspect it happened during a re-formatting of my hard drive.

Any idea how to stop this ?? Thank you

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 06:43 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

This should eliminate the situation (I hope): Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 06:49 PM

Just curious here, if you look in the Disk Management how many partitions do you see?

Go to Start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Disk Management.

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#4 Nickat Night

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 05:29 PM

Louis .....
Thank you very much. That fixed the issue. :thumbsup:

dc3 - I checked that before I tried Louis' fix. There was only 1 partition- for the C Drive

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 11:05 PM

Thank you to Nickat Night for posting this! I had my HDD reformatted and a clean install of WinXP Home done mid-february and have been getting this boot up black screen as well ever since! I too went from a former 2 partition HDD to a 1 partition drive, per the tech that did the work. Did Ramesh's instructions to fix per Louis' link and the ugly black screen has gone and Windows regular boot up screen jumps right in now. So far, Ramesh fixes and easy-to-understand instructions have always done right by me on several occasions over the years, I have to say. Glad I stopped in & saw this post!
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