Posted 14 October 2006 - 08:56 AM
I recently got a new Dell Optiplex 745. It came pre-installed, but I made an error installing new applications, so I reinstalled Windows XP Professional from the Dell reinstallation disk. Or so I thought. Even though I took my time to try to understand and follow the instructions, I seem to have ended up with a parallel installation instead of a clean, new one. I tried again, but with the same result. Now, when I boot, I get the screen where there is the message "Please select the operating system to start". Both options are for Windows XP. I set the timeout value in the boot.ini file to 3 seconds, on the advice of the Dell technician. That's all they could help me with. The installation disk does not have the option to do a clean install or a hard drive format. Please help! Do I have two parallel installs of the o/s or not? Why do I keep getting the screen to choose an o/s? Why can't I do a format and clean install? This is driving me nuts. Thanks for any help anyone can give me.