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#1 aztec73


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Posted 21 March 2009 - 05:57 AM

I have just tried to reformat my Acer5610. I thought I had followed the instructions but I now have a problem
When I start my laptop I now get a black screen saying 'Choose which operating system to start' and both options are Windows XP.
I don't know a lot about computers but this suggests to me that I somehow didn't delete the other xp installation when I reformatted.
How do I get over this? Reformat again? (if someone tells me where I went wrong last time!)
Or is there a way to delete one of these?

Thanks :thumbsup:

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#2 Zllio


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Posted 21 March 2009 - 06:32 AM

Normally, if you end up with two copies, the newly installed one will be called Windows(1) or something similar, they won't both have the same name.

Will one of them boot up for you? See if you can select on using the arrows and if so, allow it to continue. If that one doesn't work, try the other one the next time. Make a note of whether either works and what happens.

If you can get one to boot up, go to C:\ and look for the boot.ini file. Right-click on it and select open. Copy the contents here.

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 06:51 AM

Do you have a partitioned harddisk? Maybe you just formatted one partition, and installed windows there, while the old windows was on the other partition.
I would boot from XP CD, and where it let you choose where to install the new XP, delete all the partitions, create new ones and format them (the setup will tell you how to do that), you can choose there how large your partition must be.

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#4 hamluis



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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:22 AM

Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm

XP FAQ, Two XP Installs On Same Partition - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html#20


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