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Windows 7: two windows xp professional showing boot up

07 Aug 2013   #1

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 
two windows xp professional showing boot up

hello ! i recently had to do a clean install on xp Professional SP2, but now I've got two OS choices at start-up. I'd like to remove one, but am not totally sure which to keep. can anyone lend some assistance. Please tell me any existing tool (Software) for removing this.

Thanks.

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07 Aug 2013   #2

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Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi,

This is a Windows 7 forum, but I maybe able to help.

You will have to edit the Boot.ini file in order to remove one of the installations.
This usually happens when you have re-installed XP, or when you didn't complete an installation fully.

Important: Please ensure you remove the correct installation, usually you would leave the default one
and delete the 2nd installation.

I would suggest backing up all important data before attempting anything.

To remove an XP installation from boot:

1. Right click on 'My Computer' and select properties.
2. Go to the advanced tab and click on 'settings' under startup and recovery.
3. Click on the 'Edit' button. The Boot.ini file will open in notepad and it should look something like this:

Code:
[boot loader]
 timeout=30
 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partiti…
[operating systems]
 multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WI… Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
 multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WI… Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
Now you will have to delete the last line starting from multi(0)disk.... /fastdetect (Showing in Red bold). Save the file and reboot your computer to see the changes.

Cheers

Dave
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07 Aug 2013   #3

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for your quick support , but how i can recognize which one is important for me (mean which OS i use) and how i can take back up of "boot.ini".
instead of do these all of work you can tell me removing the dual boot option at boot time.
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07 Aug 2013   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi,

Is the first one the default installation?

Are they both on same partitions? Or separate?

Do both XP installations boot?

Post up a screenshot of your Boot.ini file.

To back up your Boot.ini file:
  1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    -or-
    Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
  3. Under System Startup, click Edit. This opens the file in Notepad ready for editing.
  4. In Notepad, click File on the Menu bar, and then click Save As.
  5. Right click in an empty area of the Save As dialog box, point to New in the context menu, and then click Folder.
  6. Type a name for the new folder, for example temp, and then press the ENTER key to create the folder named temp.
  7. Double-click the new folder named temp, and then click the Save button to save a backup copy of the Boot.ini file.
cheers

Dave
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07 Aug 2013   #5

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Post the BOOT.INI file please
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07 Aug 2013   #6

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Both Boot . basically First one i use


Attached Files
File Type: txt boot.txt (321 Bytes, 3 views)
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07 Aug 2013   #7

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multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

2 exact same lines!!! Delete one line, save the file and reboot. Fixed?
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07 Aug 2013   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Delete the second line as stated in my 1st post!
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07 Aug 2013   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi,

You have marked the thread as solved, can you tell us if it was fixed using
the methods suggested or by another means?
This may help other users with the same issue, in the future.

Thanks

Dave
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08 Aug 2013   #10

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

@Northernsoul55
I solved my query, methods that suggested by you and Kaktussoft.

Thanks for your support.
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