How to Delete - Multiboot

May 3, 2005 at 04:40:11
Specs: Home & Pro, 2.4 256

I would like to know how to get rid of one of the boot options on a multiboot... or basically to return to just one normal boot and not multiboot.

Both Home and Pro are on the same partition.

Thanks in advance...
Tracey

Windows 98SE
HP Pavillion
Celeron 533MHz
HDD 10GB + 4GB
64MB RAM
Antiquated & Poor Quality
Runs like a dream.


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#1
May 3, 2005 at 05:05:56

Right click on My Computer and select Properties, Advanced, Startup and Recovery's Settings button.
Click on the Edit button and modify the file to have only a single OS to boot from.

Mine is a single boot with XP Pro and looks like:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut

Yours, if on partition(1) should show as partition(1) instead of (2) like mine.
And, change 'multi' to (0) like mine.
Point is to have it only show the single OS.

Before making any changes make sure to copy and paste it's original contents into a Notepad file and save it as boot.ini.txt for safe keeping.

HTH
Bryan


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#2
May 3, 2005 at 05:45:17

Ideally boot to the preferred version; set is as default OS to boot; then edit boot.ini to remove unwanted entry (typically via MyComputer\properties\advanced-tab\startup/shutdown button). This however will still leave the unwanted installation on the drive/partition - taking up space. Use Explorer to locate/delete it from the scene.

Setting the "default OS to boot" first ensures you know clearly which line in the boot.ini to remove. The preferred entries will the same in both the "default OS" line and in the listing of installed OS (at least as far the folder name and rdisk/partition references).

Reboot to verify all is well - it should be...

Then empty recycle-bin and defrag the drive to tidy up the scene.


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#3
May 4, 2005 at 03:51:40

Thank you guys!!! Thank you very much! All done.

Windows 98SE
HP Pavillion
Celeron 533MHz
HDD 10GB + 4GB
64MB RAM
Antiquated & Poor Quality
Runs like a dream.


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