Win XP Pro Boot Loader question

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KrisInFla

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Hi everyone and thanks for reading.

I should probably make it clear that I have 2 hard drives in my PC and I am not referring to seperate partitions on the same drive.

I have a fresh install of Win XP Pro SP3 on my C: drive and whenever I boot the PC I get options on which windows install to boot into. I had a Win 2000 install on my D: drive at one time but that drive has since been reformatted, so I'm at a loss as to why I have to choose an install at every boot.

I tried to rebuild the boot.ini file using the XP Setup Recovery Console but that only added a 3rd option to the list of installs to choose from at boot-up. :eek:

When I look at Startup and Recovery settings in the Advanced System Properties I see the following;

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /Fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

The 1st line under [operating systems] is the one that showed up after using the recovery console,
the 2nd line is the is the one I was booting to before the recovery console rebuild, and
the 3rd line is the Win 2000 install on D: drive... (even though D: has been reformatted)

My question is, can I edit the startup options manually and delete the 2nd and 3rd lines, or is there another way to clean this up so my rig boots to the C: drive automatically every time?

I would prefer not to set the timeout to 0 since I may reinstall Win 2000 on the D: drive again in the future, so its probably best to have a proper boot.ini file to build upon.

Thanks a ton in advance for your time and help. :)

UPDATE... Problem solved by folks at http://www.techsupportforum.com/

Thanks again for your help
 
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