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Windows 7: 2 Boot up options of the same OS (XP)!

07 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
2 Boot up options of the same OS (XP)!

When I start the OS up I get an option to pick from Windows XP or Windows XP.
There both the same, I would rather have it go to the Os, instead of asking me every time. It acts like there are 2 partitions of the same OS out there, but again there isn't. How can I make it boot right to XP?
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07 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.



Install EasyBCD to see if there are 2 boot entries and if there are remove the correct one and that should do it and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


EasyBCD Free Boot Manager Software
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07 Feb 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Right click your My Computer Icon and select properties. Then under the Advanced tab click the settings button in the Startup and Recovery section. In the window that opens you can do one of two different things. You can select the default operating system in the drop down box and then remove the check mark next to Time to display list of operating systems. That will kill the selection window and load the one you select above it. The other option is to click the edit button and edit the boot.ini file directly. You should see two lines each beginning with multi(0)disk(0)etc, etc. If the two lines are identical you can just delete the second one. If they are not identical then you have a dual boot or something else going on. The boot.ini file is a hidden file in the root of your boot drive, the one with an active partition.
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08 Feb 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Yet another method
Type Msconfig in the start box. Open the "Boot" tab and delete the alternative line from there.
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08 Feb 2011   #5
Gw2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
Yet another method
Type Msconfig in the start box. Open the "Boot" tab and delete the alternative line from there.
This is my favorite option because it requires no outside tools, and I prefer using windows tools. I've always figure why install a program to do what windows can already do.
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08 Feb 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Actually for windows XP its slightly different. Once you open msconfig you go to the boot.ini tab and click "Check All Boot Paths". That will remove any invalid entries. You can't delete or edit any entries manually from there though, All you can do is change the order and set the default.
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08 Feb 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Correct. As we are a "7" forum, I assumed that was the op's preference. I can see now his problem is with XP
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08 Feb 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
Correct. As we are a "7" forum, I assumed that was the op's preference. I can see now his problem is with XP
No problem, I've done the same thing once or twice myself.
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10 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yea, I figure most people on this forum should be familiar with Windows XP as well. I will always go here first.

Thanks guys! I'll give this a shot and let you know.
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