2 XP Home Entries at Startup!

January 26, 2009 at 12:04:17
Specs: Windows XP Home, unknown
I had to delete/reinstall Windows XP Home on my brother's PC. In the process, I deleted the existing partition and installed a clean version of Windows on the non-partitioned drive.

Now, at startup, a boot menu appears, containing two (2) "Windows XP Home" entries.

Since the PC has only one non-partitioned hard drive and only one operating system installed, how can I safely eliminate the boot menu from appearing at startup?


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January 26, 2009 at 12:16:37
"I deleted the existing partition"
did you create a new partition and format it?
To do the install, you must have created a new partition, it sounds like you didn't format it and now you have 2 installs. If this is the case, you might want to start over by deleting the existing partition(s), creating a new partition & doing a full format.


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January 26, 2009 at 12:23:58
A side note: Dell PCs normally have two partitions. The windows partition and a small partition of about 10gb for the restore image. If you are not using a Dell CD for the install, but are using a Microsoft CD, you need to delete both partitions.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 26, 2009 at 12:26:07

When Windows asked where I wanted it installed, it showed a partition 0 and a c: drive. I deleted partition 0 and indicated that I wanted Windows installed on the C: drive. It then formatted the hard drive and began installing Windows.

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January 26, 2009 at 12:26:44
You edit the boot.ini and remove the inactive entry.

boot.ini is a read only hidden file on c:\
you have to take the readonly attribute off to edit and save the file.

google edit boot.ini for more info

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January 26, 2009 at 12:30:51

Yes. I deleted the smaller partition and installed Windows on the c: drive, using the original Dell installation CD.

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January 26, 2009 at 12:34:07

Will removing the inactive entry in the boot.ini file make the boot menu go away? I do not want the boot menu appearing at startup.


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