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Solved: More boot options than I'd like

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Westerberg, Jan 15, 2006.

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  1. Westerberg

    Westerberg Thread Starter

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    I recently reformatted and repartitioned hard drive and reinstalled XP. I messed something up because now when I boot comp, I'm given three different Windows XP options to boot even though I have only one instance of XP installed. What do I have to do to get rid of the two unwanted boot options?
     
  2. microwally

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    The hard drive still has the original Master Boot Record intact so it thinks that the old OS's are still there. Is the Windows that actually works the top choice in the list? If it is the easiest fix is to click start, right click on My Computer, and click Properties. Then click the advanced tab, then the settings tab under "startup and recovery". In there just uncheck the box that says "Time to display list of operating systems" Only do this if the OS that loads when the counter gets to zero is the one that works.
     
  3. Colossus610

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    or you could go to "Start--->Run then type in "msconfig" (without quotes) and under the boot.ini tab, you'll see a "Check all boot paths" button which you can click and should eliminate all irrelevant/non-functional boot.ini OS choices
     
  4. xSoilworkeRx

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    You could try right clicking on My Computer and going to Properties. Go to the Advanced tab, then click the settings button under the "Startup and Recovery" section. From here, click the Edit button to open notepad up for the boot.ini file. Under the section "operating systems", delete all the other entries under there except the first one. That should fix your boot problem.

    Or, do what Colossus610 said to do. hehe.
     
  5. Westerberg

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    Great tips all!! Thanks!!
     
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