asked to Select OS at startup

Microsoft Administering windows xp pro
August 2, 2009 at 10:13:55
Specs: Windows XP
I have recently installed a fresh copy of Windows XP on a Toshiba Laptop computer. Works fine, but when I first turn the computer on I get a message that says,

Please select the operating system to start:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows
Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice. Press ENTER to choose.

This message is in DOS format and shows prior to any Windows/XP program loading. Very similar to the "Safe Mode" screen that shows from time to time to ask you how you want to load.

I've tried both choices and they load the same system. No differences. But getting prompted to this screen every time I turn the computer on is a problem I don't want to live with.
Please help. How can I bypass this screen? OR how can I set it to load one of the other automatically?

(For background; my laptop doesn't have a disk drive so I had to take some interesting steps to get XP loaded. I erased the hard drive, loaded DOS on the hard drive and then copied the I386 file from the XP disk. After that when I first turned on the computer, DOS loaded and from there I was able to get Windows XP to install from the I386 file. This was the suggested way to handle things when the laptop doesn't have a disk drive.
Maybe this extra bit of info will help in solving my current problem.)


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#1
August 2, 2009 at 10:19:39
WARNING: If you screw this up, you probably won't be able to boot into Windows, and there's no way to know if you screwed it up until you try to boot.

If that didn't scare you off, post the contents of your boot.ini file, found in the root directory of your boot drive. (Probably C:\)


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#2
August 2, 2009 at 10:44:15
Found this after I made my post. It worked. It was from 2002.

Right click on My Computer and select properties. Click the advanced tab at the top. Click the bottom "Settings" button under "Startup and Recovery" Under where it says "Default operating system" make sure Xp is selected and uncheck the box that says "Time to display list of operating systems:"

If you don't have a My computer icon on your desktop you can right click the My computer in your start menu.

The reason that you have a dual boot setup is because you probably used the /s switch when formatting the drive. When you format just use "format c:" and you won't get the dual boot setup.

Manually editing the boot.ini works too but if done wrong can cause your pc to become unbootable.

Hope this helps,
Sandman


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