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Win XP Setup Bootloader - need to remove!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by fenderfreek, Mar 14, 2006.

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  1. fenderfreek

    fenderfreek Thread Starter

    Mar 14, 2006
    I tried installing a copy of Win XP Pro on a USB Harddrive from an ISO image, and it went and rebooted itself, and now that I don't have the ISO (obviously), when my computer initially starts up, it gives me a bootloader to choose my copy of Win XP Pro on my main drive, or the install for the external drive. If I go to the install option, it obviously hangs, looking for a virtual drive, but I can continue normally with the other option. It's really just a minor annoyance, but the side affect of this is that I lost my GRUB bootloader for Linux:mad: . I'm just wondering if there's an easy way to remove that bootloader, or do I need to wipe the MBR and reinstall GRUB?
  2. gurutech


    Apr 23, 2004
    You will need to reinstall GRUB, as the Windows boot loader overwrote it. As far as removing the "Install" option from you Windows boot loader, follow these steps:

    Open My Computer and go to C:\
    Look for a file called BOOT.INI (you may have to show hidden and system files to see it)
    Right-click on BOOT.INI and go to properties.
    Uncheck the "Read Only" attribute and click Apply/OK.
    Open the BOOT.INI file in Notepad.
    Remove the line that refers to the "Install" copy of XP.
    Save the file.
    Reset the Read Only attribute (not really necessary, but will prevent accidental modifications in the future).
    Reboot the PC and ... viola! :)
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