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Windows XP not automatically kicking in at startup


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#1 cazshie

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 03:41 PM

I recently ran a couple of malware programs to try to clean up the PC and getting it running faster, but I've found that at startup now it doesn't automatically start up Windows XP but does a 30 second countdown before it starts.



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Posted 01 December 2013 - 04:11 PM

What does the countdown look like? 


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:03 PM

Its a black screen (similar to safe mode option) that has

"Please select operating system .."

 

xxx

xxx

xxx

 

"Use up and down keys to select ..."

"Seconds until highlighted choice is started: 30 secs"



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 06:24 PM

It used to go straight to the Windows XP startup after it was switched on, any ideas what's gone wrong?



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:02 PM

See this link on how to edit the boot.ini file.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:44 PM

Thanks for the link. This is what the boot.ini file says ..

 

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS

[operating systems]
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
UnsupportedDebug="do not select this" /debug
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

[spybotsd]
timeout.old=3

 

What do I need to change?



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 06:37 PM

Not exactly sure why you have Windows on D:\ or partition 2 though. Do you still or Did you have a previous Windows installed, dual boot on C or was it intended that way? Recovery Console and Spybot is also listed.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 07:14 PM

Spybot search and destory seems to have changed your time out values... I would edit boot.ini to look like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=3
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 07:24 PM

I have Windows on the C: disk .. although I have a back-up disk E: which is a clone of C: (using seagate software to clone from time to time)

The D: is the DVD drive.

 

Do you think the PC has started booting up from the cloned disk?



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 08:47 PM

what the boot.ini tells me is that your computer is booting from the second partition of a disk that is in your computer. It does not give the specifics of how many disks are in your computer or what is on that first partition.

Drive letters such as c and d can be changed depending on the way the computer boots up.

Edited by AngryRaisin, 03 December 2013 - 08:52 PM.





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