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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by searchdaddy, Apr 19, 2010.

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  1. searchdaddy

    searchdaddy Thread Starter

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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:
     
  2. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

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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?
     
  3. saikee

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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
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    cd \
    attrib -r -s -h boot.ini
    edit boot.ini
    Save the file and then make it hidden again by
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    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.
     
  4. itsjusme

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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.
     
  5. Jack Hackett

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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:

    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 :)
     
  6. searchdaddy

    searchdaddy Thread Starter

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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
     
  7. Bernardo

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    Just go to the boot tab.
     
  8. searchdaddy

    searchdaddy Thread Starter

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    Works fine... thanks u guys!!!! :)
     
  9. Cheeseball81

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