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Windows 7: Two OS choices when booting but only one OS is Installed?

11 Mar 2012   #1
tomana

Windows 7 Home Premium (MSI Notebook)
 
 
Two OS choices when booting but only one OS is Installed?

I have Win 7 upgrade retail version. After installing, there is a folder labeled Old Windows (the WinXP I need to have on the drive in order for Win7 to upgrade). I deleted the Old Windows folder but I still get two choices when I boot the PC, as shown below ...

Earlier Version of Windows
Windows 7

How do I remove "Earlier Version of Windows" so the PC will boot right into Win 7 ? I checked using msconfig and it displays only one OS and it appears as follows:

Windows 7 (C:\Windows) : Current OS; Default OS

nothing else appears in the msconfig window


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11 Mar 2012   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

have you tried just setting the boot menu display time to 0?

That is a strange problem though, have you ever used startup repair on this system?
It really sounds like the bootmgr is confused.
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11 Mar 2012   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The windows.old folder contained your XP settings and files. Did you upgrade to Win 7 on the same HDD that XP was on?
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11 Mar 2012   #4
tomana

Windows 7 Home Premium (MSI Notebook)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
have you tried just setting the boot menu display time to 0?
No, because that would be too easy ... hehe

I tried it just now and it says 3 is the minimum I can enter ? So I tried 3 and that works ok. mAybe it still finds the deleted Old Windows folder? I'll try using a "space sweeper" utility to zero the unused areas and see if that fixes it.
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11 Mar 2012   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The Windows.old will not effect your OS options, its just a folder to save your former OS data.
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11 Mar 2012   #6
tomana

Windows 7 Home Premium (MSI Notebook)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
The Windows.old will not effect your OS options, its just a folder to save your former OS data.
Yes, and I deleted that folder right after booting to the Win 7 desktop for the first time after installing. I expected the Earlier Version of Windows to disappear, but it didn't.

I jsut wiped all free space on drive C and did a reboort but it's still there. No prob, it comes and goes in a flash and auto-boots to the desktop now.

thanks for the fast replies {8^D
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11 Mar 2012   #7
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

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12 Mar 2012   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You should have booted installer to avoid windows.old, have access to drive options to repartition, get a cleaner upgrade install. The installer sees XP at boot to allow use of Upgrade version key during install.

Enter msconfig>Boot to highlight then delete the extra listing.

If not there, use EasyBCD in Magus' link to Edit Boot Menu, delete ghost listing.
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