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An invalid reinstall


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#1 10 Beers

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:34 PM

I had multiple problems with Xp Pro so I decided a reinstall was the best bet.
I aborted the install. I hit the off button on the power strip - oops!
So, I decide to live with the BS I have rather than have to load all my apps back. I did the ERDNT which fixed most of the original problems.
Now, when I boot I get a choice of XP Pro or Windows Default. If I let it decide for itself I go to the reinstall which is a bad thing.
How do I get rid of that option? Is there a registry value I need to change? Am I an idiot for aborting the install?

It's not really so bad, but I have to watch when I boot and choose.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:12 AM

Did you try deleting the partition that had Windows Default (or xp whichever you dont need)

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:37 AM

I will.
And I shall tell if it works.
It's a hassle, not a threat, I just have to sit here when I boot to push the right button.
I bet you a dollar and a doughnut there's a registry value I can change that will stop this. But I don't know what it would be.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:53 AM

Before deleting anything...I would follow the directions under Resolution from the following.

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

Reboot following completion of suggestions.

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Edited by hamluis, 09 February 2012 - 07:54 AM.


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 02:57 PM

Here's what I found in MSCONFIG Boot.ini

[Boot Loader]
Timeout=10
Default=C:\$WIN_NT$,~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
[Operating Sysems]
multi(0)disk(0(disk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"/noexecute=optin/fastdetect

The third line is new if my memory is right.
I shall delete it and see what happens.

Edited by 10 Beers, 09 February 2012 - 02:58 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:15 AM

I'm still getting that choice of boots.
One is the one I want and the other I'd like to get rid of, but I can live with it.
I think my only option is a re-install.

I appreciate the help, Thank you.

(this problem is on my stand-by computer - not my main beast, so I'm not really worried, just curious as to why)


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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:21 PM

Right click on "My Computer"

Select the Advanced Tab

Then towards the bottom look for "Startup & Recovery"

In that se3ction of Advanced Click on the Settings button

Then Under "Default Operating System"
click the little down pointing arrow and select

WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"/noexecute=optin/fastdetect


Test. If that brings up the desired windows you can then set the
"Time to display list of operating systems:" to zero (0) Only after testing.

Good Luck
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:42 PM

I't been a while, but I'm back to let you know what's up.
I reintalled and got locked into a reboot loop after the reinstall was almost finished. WTF?
Fustrating, but I did something right and I am now using Win XP Pro in a pristine condition and All Is Right, so far.
Maybe my HD is going south, but all the tests tell me it's good to go.
I Thank You for all the help.
I have a problem with my 'A' drive, but that's a different post.




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