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#1 Roadblock

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 01:28 AM

Hey guys just recently i was trying to reformat on my older computer.. So i did the usual and when it came time to delete the partition it didnt want to let me. sayed something like "There are files on this partition needed to setup windows" so it couldn't delete the partition..... So i had no idea what that was so i decided to leave it how it is and not to reformat anymore.

But now the PROBLEM is that everytime i boot up the machine it comes up with the option of choosing which Operating system
Windows XP Home
Windows Installation


So i now cannot boot up normally i gotta click boot from windows xp Home every single time... Does anyone know how to fix this problem please It is very important for my to fix this... I wanted to my computer to be for the better and i ended up making it worse off than it was :thumbsup:....

I can still acess my desktop on it.. but having to choose Windows Xp home boot up every single time gets quite annoying and not very pleasent for anyone who would be using this computer (such as my father, which i was planning to give this computer to)... Maybe someone can tell me what the whole thing about the "There are files on this partition needed to setup windows" so it couldn't delete the partition is about.. How to bypass this to do a clean install. or how to get these files that i dont know about.

Or if someone knows how to bypass that so it never asks me where i want to boot from, so that its default boot is from Windows Xp.. not installation

By the way i have Windows OEM on that computer. but it came with the windows XP cd and i know i can reformat since i just did it on my newer computer with Windows OEM aswell.

Thank you in advance for your help and support.. and any advice would be greatly appreciated

~Roadblock!~

Edited by Roadblock, 09 July 2007 - 01:35 AM.


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Posted 09 July 2007 - 05:55 AM

Yep, you can fix this by editing the boot.ini file. You'll have to change the attributes on the file so you can read/write to it. It's located in the root of your boot drive (usually C:\)

But, before editing it, I'd suggest reading this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022/
After that it's basically just locating the entry for "Windows Installation" and removing it.
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Posted 09 July 2007 - 12:21 PM

This will fix the problem with having to choose the operating system, or being able to delete to partition to make a new one? :thumbsup:.. And this won't cause any problems with reinstallation right? Cuz I'm pretty sure even if its OEM windows if you have the cd you can reformat correct?
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Posted 09 July 2007 - 02:23 PM

Nevermind that last post.. theres many options in the link you gave me.. thanks a bunch :thumbsup: Problem fixed

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 06:08 AM

Glad you got it fixed!
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