Reinstallation of Windows XP Pro

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
April 24, 2010 at 17:23:39
Specs: Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3
After reinstalling Windows XP, Professional, I get a startup page that requests that I make a choice of which operating system I want to use:
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Professional

As you can see, they are both the same name. When I choose the first one it runs fine. If I choose the second one, I get a message on a blue background stating that there was a problem starting Windows and that I should stop. This was the same message that I had gotten prior to reinstalling Windows XP Professional. Does anybody have an idea what is going on?

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April 24, 2010 at 17:42:49
Please post the content of your C:\boot.ini file.

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April 25, 2010 at 06:54:25
Thanks for responding, Wahine...
I'm not as computer savvy as many of you, but I think this is what you are looking for:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers, check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run chkdsk/F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.
Technical Information:
Stop: O0000007B (OXF78A2524, OXC0000034, OX00000000, OX00000000)"

I did the chkdsk/F, but it ran too fast to note what happened. I do have an external hard drive with my backup information via Acronis True Image, but can't access it at this point due to a serial number problem, so I don't want to remove that drive.

I am beginning to believe that my original Windows XP Pro was corrupted, and when I reinstalled the OS I should have formatted the drive first? It seems like I have two OS systems installed?

I hope this is enough information to help. Thanks so much!

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April 25, 2010 at 07:18:11
You might have 2 copies of XP installed, but unless you choose a different partition, probably not. Your Boot.ini file will show what your computer is trying to boot to. In response 1 above he is trying to 'see' that file so he can tell you how to edit it so windows will not ask you about booting to a non-existent OS. Please look for or do a search for THAT file so others here can help you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 25, 2010 at 07:25:11
Go to RUN and type msconfig in the box. Then click the boot.ini tab. Copy the contents and paste it in your next response.

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April 27, 2010 at 07:10:12
[boot loader]
Thanks for the info, grasshopper, guess I'm more unsavvy than I thought; anyhow, couldn't copy and paste, but did type the init.boot file:

[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noexecute=optout

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May 18, 2010 at 16:33:36
your boot.ini file should look like this when opened

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

copy this and replace what's in your boot.ini and it should clear it up...

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May 19, 2010 at 07:37:46
After reading this post I took a look at my boot.ini file remenbering it had 2 listed B/4 O/S and it looks like mine is showing the same as Carol JW's ? Now I did take a 5.22G.B. partiton on my H.D. that was probably the factory restore partiton Dell puts on your PC so you can restore it back to the was it was when you recieved your PC. For me the factory restore partiton was useless due to a lost adminstrator password . I have since folllowing Dells tech service performed a fresh install ,reformat H.D. and installed Windows MCE2005 with Update Rollup 2 and all the other software supplied by Dell on CD. I took the 5.22 G.B. Partiton formatted it and use it to store some documents ! Here is a copy of my boot.ini file >
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
Does everything look OK ? Or like the originial poster of this thread do I have 2 installations of WindowsXP on my PC ? To Carol JW , I apoligize for highjacking your post ,hope you dont mind ? To all that reply a big thanks in advance ! FYI,my internial H.D. is 250GB H.D.and I have 207G.B. available.
Again Thank You Very Much ,

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May 19, 2010 at 09:37:02
mmm - if you choose to and actually boot into the one that actually does boot up OK..

Then go to:


you will see dispalyed in the "box" at the top the actual path for the version to which you have booted... You can also "edit" the boot.ini there...

When you click on the edit option it will open up/display the boot.ini (in notepad/wordpad - whichever) in its entirety. And you will see clearly the exact and correct enrty for the version to which you have (successfully obvously) booted.

Look below that top line (default OS to boot) and you will see that same line - and the other version... Those two lines will be "slightly" different... Delete that "other" entry only; the one that is different to the one in the default OS to boot...

Save changes and exit; and when next you boot up you will have only the single (working) entry there and the default OS to boot will be that only/working installation.

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May 20, 2010 at 06:51:07
Sadly Iam a little confused ,it appears that on the second line only one O/S is listed and thats the correct one to use the Media Center Edition ,again this is my boot,ini file>>>
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect <<<<<<

The chevrons I added to make sure the boot.ini is isolated ! I did not edit anything because under O/S there is no second line it list only one and its the correct one I use ! Please if you have anything you see that I should edit out let me know and thanks for your help always greatly appreciated !
Take Care, Nick

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May 20, 2010 at 09:24:20
Your boot.ini as posted suggests you have two partitions on the first/Master drive?

What make is this system; and did it arrive with a Full version XP CD, or a dreaded Recovery disk... And how did you go about re-installing XP?

Also can you confirm the number of partitions on the drive; and if truly two (or more) - which is what; as in Primary and Extended?

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May 20, 2010 at 10:39:29
mmm and oops... Didn't realise this post is also addressing a question from Nick Richie... So to answer "his" question...

On the original Dell supplied system you would have two partitions - one rather "small" and hidden; the other obviously larger and where the OS etc. was installed. And on that original installation the OS would have been shown as in partition(2) - as now...

Dell advised you to reformat that larger (second) partition; and thus your boot.ini correctly shows the OS to be in the second partition... Unless you ran Killdisk or similar... the hidden partition will still be there; but obviously "hidden" and inaccessible... (and will be partition(1))

So your current boo.ini is OK...

About ARC (the info in the boot.ini that actuall tells one what is where in terms of drives, partitions, and installed OS):

and possibly easier to follow:

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