Previously I ran a demo version of Windows 2000 on my self built machine, a version which could however, not be updated. The single hard disk already had three partitions, one for the OS, one for DATA and one for DOWNLOADS. Then the OS would not start, saying that HALL.DLL was missing and had to be re-installed. I did not manage to do this. This was reason to buy and hoped to install an OEM Windows XP Home Ed.UK, after I created and set active a new partition with PartitionMagic 8.0. Things did not go smoothly because there was a bad sector in the partition I wanted to create, so I decided to format the old Windows 2000 partition and hope for the best. Well I succeeded and the machine works OK, but every time I boot I get the famous question: “Please select the operating system to start” and I can choose between Default and Default.
Right clicking on MY COMPUTER, PROPERTIES, ADVANCED and clicking on SETTING in the STARTUP and RECOVERY section, I find in editing the boot only:
On my laptop there is a whole lot of data under [operating systems]
I deleted the √ in the box: Time to display list of operating systems and left the one in the box: Time to display recovery options.
But the question “Please select the operating system to start” keeps coming and it is bothersome because the cursor goes to the second default, which is not the right one, so if you forget to move the cursor it gives the error:
I/O Error accessing boot sector file
How can I correct settings and get rid of the awkward question?