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#1 hillbillygreek

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 03:41 PM

Another comp in the house just has a new HD installed & Windows XP Pro was also reinstalled. When it is being (re)started, it gets to a screen that shows an option of whether to choose XP Pro or XP Home including a countdown it goes through before it boots into Windows. Originally, with the old drive, there was a version of Home on the PC that was at a later date upgraded to Pro. Now it just has the Pro version. Is there anything that can be done to keep the screen with the choices/countdown from coming up? Using the keyboard to make a choice or to bypass the countdown does not work because it does not light up until after the countdown is complete & it starts booting into Windows. After that everything runs normally.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 05:46 PM

Use caution when modifying the boot.ini

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 06:51 PM

You can also go into the Recovery Console and use the command:

bootcfg /rebuild

As long as the extra installation of XPHome is truly gone.
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:19 PM

OK. Thank you both. I'll try this soon & let you know how it goes.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:42 PM

After playing with some Linux, I've used a 98 Boot disc to fix my boot mbr. At the a:> prompt I type in fdisk /MBR. There is a space between fdisk and the slash.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 02:32 AM

Easy enough. Removed the reference to XP Home from boot.ini file & it loads normally without count down. Thanks again for the help & links.

After playing with some Linux, I've used a 98 Boot disc to fix my boot mbr. At the a:> prompt I type in fdisk /MBR. There is a space between fdisk and the slash.


Thanks for that tip mommabear. I'll look into that option for future use.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 08:23 AM

Just FYI - but in the recovery console you can also use:

fixmbr

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fixboot
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Posted 11 December 2006 - 02:48 PM

I'll save those 3 commands you gave me. Thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 04:02 PM

Just FYI - but in the recovery console you can also use:

fixmbr

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fixboot

I know. And I've got my XP CD. I'm just lazy. :thumbsup:




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