Boot-up OS ID issues

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
February 15, 2010 at 14:12:31
Specs: Windows XP, P4 quad core
I uninstalled a virus infected copy of windows XP Pro from my F drive after loading a fresh install on my C drive. The issue is that when I boot up, the screen still is showing 2 seperate OS to chose from. Since I re-formatted the F drive I am certain it is not there. How do I get rid of that from the initial boot up screen?

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#1
February 15, 2010 at 14:42:57
... go to "start" run (type) diskmgmt.msc [press enter]

... how many partitions on the drive?

... go to "start" run (type) cmd [press enter]

... in command prompt (type) cd\ [press enter]

... (type) type boot.ini [press enter]

... post back here what you see so we know what needs to come off

... or go to "start" run (type) sysdm.cpl [press enter]

... click Advanced (tab) then by "startup and recovery" click settings then "edit"


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#2
February 16, 2010 at 06:01:45
Thanks,
1. There are 2 partitions ea on twin 320G HDs for a total of 4 drives available.
2.
C:\> type boot.ini
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi<0>disk<0>rdisc<0>partition<1>\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
default=multi<0>disk<0>rdisc<0>partition<1>\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"\no execute=optin /fastdetect
default=multi<0>disk<0>rdisc<0>partition<1>\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"\no execute=optin /fastdetect

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#3
February 16, 2010 at 08:28:18
... do you know whats on the other partition? It's not called recovery or the like is it?

... I am assuming that when it boots up displaying the two options to select the xp to boot to that its the same "one" that you land on.

... have you checked?

... I suggest removing the bottom "default=multi<0>disk<0>rdisc<0>partition<1>\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"\no execute=optin /fastdetect" from boot.ini after checking using the edit function described in Response number 1

... if you're not sure just place a text file on the desktop so that you know its the same desktop!

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#4
February 17, 2010 at 03:50:08
ok, I'll look into this this evening and let you know the results. Thanks

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#5
February 20, 2010 at 09:19:09
I went ahead and checked it out, I have been very busy and am just getting back to this. The second set of OS is listed to be on a drive that there is not any longer an OS on. So I assume that is surely the one to delete. Next question is: How do I delete that from the cmd line?

Thanks in advance!


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#6
February 21, 2010 at 04:49:12
... instructions are in response number 1 (last 2 lines)

(command prompt instructions below)
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1) Click Start > Run, (type) cmd [press enter]

2) (type) cd\ [press enter]

3) (type) Attrib C:\Boot.ini -h -r -s [press enter]

4) Click Start > Run, (type) Notepad c:\boot.ini [press enter] .....................................^^^^^ (or edit c:\boot.ini)

5) Edit the file to remove the extraneous line, change the "Default,"
and save it, and then exit Notepad.

6) Type Attrib C:\Boot.ini +h +r +s [press enter]

7) Close the command console.

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#7
February 21, 2010 at 10:36:01
Thanks!

That was easy. Cudos to you my friend!
I just used the intructions in the 1st reply to get in and popped up the edit Notepad and presto, success.

No more annoying OS link that doesn't exist.


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#8
February 21, 2010 at 13:47:23
Another way of doing the same thing as in Response 6....

Control Panel - Classic View - System - Advanced - Startup and Recovery - Edit
or
RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Advanced - Startup and Recovery - Edit

You MUST maximize the window - delete the entire line(s) below [operating systems] that is for the operating system(s) that is(are) no longer there.

Choose File in the top left corner - Save.


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#9
February 21, 2010 at 22:42:33
... ya same as "Response Number 1" last two lines ZZZzzzzzzz


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#10
February 22, 2010 at 12:59:06
"ya same as "Response Number 1" last two lines ZZZzzzzzzz"

In case you haven't noticed, in Topics I've posted in, I don't care whether others who answer want to read what I post. My intention is always primarily to be of help to whoever started the topic.
If others who answer agree with what I've posted, that's nice. If others who answer find fault with what I've posted because they think it's wrong, it's fine with me for them to comment about that.
But - if others who answer find my posts too wordy, or think I'm just stating the same thing in another way, or think I'm repeating the same thing, I think they should keep their opinion to themsleves and not post something about that here.


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#11
February 22, 2010 at 18:32:48
... nope just tired ..... peace n love!


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#12
February 22, 2010 at 20:29:03
Oops - okay then.

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