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Getting Rid Of Extra Boot Options


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#1 jay_rock

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 04:12 PM

I was wondering if any of you guys can help me out. I've not had any comp training and what I know is just things i have picked up myself. So if some of the terminology is not correct please forgive me

Pc is a Packard bell running xp pro
well here is my headache of a problem.
I need to get rid of an extra boot options. i say this in the meaning that i have two os when i boot up Windows XP Pro - the existing OS and Windows XP Home the one i upgraded from.

the boot screen goes something like this from memory

Please select the operating system to start:

Windows XP pro
Windows XP home
Use and to move the highlight to your choice

Press ENTER to choose.

Seconds until highlighted choice will be started automatically: 29


I tried to edit the boot.ini file but as far as i can tell i can only see one OS.
Here is the file.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
C:\ = "Microsoft Windows"

Also i think this may have some thing to do when my hard drive failed and my pc would not boot at all. I tried to rebuild the MBR or whatever its called..
I used a file recovery program to get some files back after i had reinstalled. and i think (cus it was a while back now) i undeleted a partition or unhid on the hard drive so now i have a /C being the drive my computer is on now and /D being called backup so i think i need to get rid of /D some how, All though i have a feeling /D is the packard bell utility for when you want to restore the pc?? Perhaps i just need to hide it again ? But i'am really struggling with this lol any help is great fully received

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:13 PM

Go to Start->Run, type in msconfig and press enter. Click on the "boot.ini" tab and check the displayed boot configuration. If it doesn't match the boot.ini file you edited, and shows the erroneous entries, click the "Check All Boot Paths" button. That should clear it up.

If it does match the one you edited, then I'm stumped...

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:24 PM

The boot.ini file is the original file it has not been edited and this is how it is now and i still get to choose which OS i use lol

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:25 PM

Start > Run > "%systemroot%\i386"

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:26 PM

What drive letter is Windows installed on, and which logical partition does that correspond to?

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:28 PM

Also someone else told me i could change the timeout to 0 seconds in the boot.ini file. I can see that this would work but surely this is just a means to overcome it not to put it right?

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:30 PM

What drive letter is Windows installed on


That doesn't make a difference

and which logical partition does that correspond to?

if you're refering to me, it's a locally-recognised command
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:32 PM

What drive letter is Windows installed on, and which logical partition does that correspond to?



window is installed on /C drive but to the second part of you question i am unsure can you explain it a bit for me?

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:32 PM

Also someone else told me i could change the timeout to 0 seconds in the boot.ini file. I can see that this would work but surely this is just a means to overcome it not to put it right?


Changing that timeout to 0 will automatically run the default OS, not recommended, because you can't do any debugging. and many things here require that
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:34 PM

Start > Run > "%systemroot%\i386"

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is this that utility that fixes stuff from the windows cd ?

you have to bear with me guys i am struggling with all this tech talk

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:38 PM

no, not yet anway. if that folder is there you do not need the CD. if it isn't you will need that CD

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:50 PM

no, not yet anway. if that folder is there you do not need the CD. if it isn't you will need that CD


That is unless the files in that folder have become corrupted or damaged.
Unless you intentionally copied this folder to retain as a source for sfc.exe or whatever I would recommend using the cd because the i386 folder on the cd will have no chance of being corrupted.

Copying it to a different hard drive as a repair tool is a great idea though. Something I had never thought of doing before, so thanks for the tip DemonSui.




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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:54 PM

That is unless the files in that folder have become corrupted or damaged.
Unless you intentionally copied this folder to retain as a source for sfc.exe or whatever I would recommend using the cd because the i386 folder on the cd will have no chance of being corrupted.

Copying it to a different hard drive as a repair tool is a great idea though. Something I had never thought of doing before, so thanks for the tip DemonSui.


Mine was coppied to the same hard drive. lol
It would have to be placed as I have said, otherwise windows won't recognise it as there. and there are a few files in that folder that are used for restore purposes (non-destructive)

And no problem, I'm full of ideas, just ask me, I'll tell ya ;)

and for the question as to where %systemroot% leads:

if your main hard drive is C it would lead to C:\Windows, if it was X it would lead to X:\Windows

it's simple a reference index that windows will pick up

Edited by DemonSui, 18 November 2006 - 05:58 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 04:04 AM

Ok guys I've just woken up and read all your replies and im a little lost as to what you want me to do

Start > Run > "%systemroot%\i386" do you want me to run this ?

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 06:57 PM

I dunno 'bout no i386 Miz Scarlett! :thumbsup:

Try booting from your XP installation CD and selecting the option to repair using the Recovery Console - by pressing "R".

Once in the Recovery Console, try these commands (pressing Enter after each one):

fixboot
fixmbr
bootcfg

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