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searchdaddy

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Is there a way to turn of the dual boot menu?
the computer boots up to a XP Home or XP Pro menu... there is no XP Pro installed.

any suggestions?:rolleyes:
 

Cheeseball81

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What I used to do was right click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Startup and Recovery Settings button > Edit, then delete the line on Operating system, just don't delete the wrong line or else you will not be able to boot.

Under Default Operating System, do you get 2 listings?
 
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Cheeseball81's suggestion is the easiest.

The hidden file boot.ini is the configuration file that the boot loader NTLDR uses. Just edit the line out. With the long way to do this you need another system so use a XP or Win2k installation CD, a Vista or Win7 DVD and edit the file in the terminal (called Recovery Console by Xp or Command prompt in Vista/Win7). If you know Linux you can use it to edit the file directly as Windows hidden files are visible in Linux.

The Recovery Console commands are
Code:
cd \
attrib -r -s -h boot.ini
edit boot.ini
Save the file and then make it hidden again by
Code:
attrib +r +s +h boot.ini

It is pretty harmless as you can edit the boot.ini as often as you like.

I have booted a Xp in 126 partitions and all I did was to alter the boot.ini, hide the partitions except the one I wanted to boot to, as documented here.
 
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And save a backup copy of the boot.ini file before you edit it, just in case something goes snafu you can replace it and start over.
 
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Start > Run > type in msconfig > ok
Click on the Boot.ini tab
click check all boot paths button
It will now quickly verify each line mentioned in the Boot.ini to check if they are valid. If orphaned entries are detected, you'll be prompted with this dialog:

It appears that the following line in the BOOT.INI file does not refer to a valid operating system:

"multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional " /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn"

Would you like to remove it from the BOOT.INI file?
Choose Yes when the dialog box appears. This will remove the incorrect entry from Boot.ini file.

Much safer than editing the boot.ini file yourself, especially if you dont know what your doing
Job done :)
 

searchdaddy

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it tells me that i have to go into the normal set up mode on the general tab to start windows normally. i'm in diagnostic or selective startup mode
 
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