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#1 zig2be


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 01:10 PM

When I start up my HP Pavillion 553x desktop, I get a black screen first with a message to choose what operating system I would like to use. And they are both the same.
XP Professional Version 2002 so I always choose the 1st one.

How to I get rid of this and why are there 2 of the same operating systems on my computer? I should only have 1 am I correct?

If someone could help me with this problem as soon as possible I would greatly appreciate it because I think I have more problems than this but want to do this one step at a time.

Thank you!

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#2 Allan


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 01:14 PM

Just edit the boot.ini file and delete the line with the invalid os.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 01:15 PM

Boot into the install that you want to keep...and then try Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm .

I suggest that you try to boot into each apparent install...and examine each carefully before making your decision.

Sometimes...attempted installs are reflected on the boot.ini file, giving the illusion that there are two installs when there is actually only one working install.


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 01:18 PM

Edit: Hamluis got here quicker.

Edited by dc3, 15 January 2011 - 01:19 PM.

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#5 zig2be

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 02:19 PM

Thank you so much for your quick response and help. It worked!! Problem #1 down. I may post another topic as I go along to getting this computer working the way it should be.
Many Thanks!

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