I have 2 operating systems

Microsoft Windows xp pro x64 (64-bit) en...
September 2, 2009 at 14:07:09
Specs: Windows XP
I have 2 operating systems trying to reintall windows. My desktop was completely missing, so I reinstalled.

on boot.ini it says
default =multi
operating systems

wish i knew how to copy it correctly.
please help Ive lost all my space on computer,and the windows with all my files has no desktop or start menu
thank you

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September 2, 2009 at 14:34:44
angela you need to post your entire boot.ini not just a piece of it. Thanks

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September 2, 2009 at 16:05:27
Doesn't sound good.

You can rather safely use repair but when you re-install that is normally a bad thing. As you say you have two systems.

Can you boot to one or the other by selection at power on? When booted to one or the other can you view folders or other drives anywhere?

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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September 3, 2009 at 03:15:18
i think the error is that you did not delete the current winxp that contain error when you are reinstalling it, it use a lot of hardisk space thats why you have lost space an your computer...

the best you should do is to reinstall the winxp and delete the current OS to remove the error and free-up your hardisk space...

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September 3, 2009 at 13:09:28
If you can display the entire boot-menu details here "we" can likely help you resolve your problem more easily...

Also can you actually boot to one of the two installations at all - and get to a desktop?

Is there any data or persoan files etc. on the drive at present that you wouldn't wish to lose?

Also whereabouts are you located?

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September 4, 2009 at 17:45:57
sorry here is my boot.ini...thought I responded with it...cant find the response...also im in cincinnati to answer that question...and im really not wanting to do a clean install...because ill never find all my programs again...Thank all of you for your responses and ideas and help

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS.0="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut
C:\GRLDR=*System Menu*

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September 4, 2009 at 18:02:40
I can boot to either win XP ...The one with no desktop or start menu ,is the win XP with all my programs and personnal stuff...The other one is just a shell with basic or minimal winxp items....and I can not see any of my personnal stuff or other XP...

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September 4, 2009 at 19:10:25
Pretty easy...

- Boot into your selected XP installation
- Delete the redundant Windows XP folder
- Open Msconfig, go to the Boot.ini tab & from there click "check all boot paths"
- Apply the changes & simply reboot your PC

Alternatively, you can try the longer solution.

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September 5, 2009 at 16:02:03
OK did all of that...And thank you it deleted the other Win XP on startup...But I still have no desktop or start menu????

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September 5, 2009 at 16:07:59
have you tried doing a repair install?

I had a similar problem after removing multi viruses and trojans and a repair install got it running again.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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September 5, 2009 at 16:26:18
Very carefully - use the XP CD and run a repair installation - as per this link. Read the info at this link very carefully so as to fully understand just which "version/type" of Repair routine you use...


Pay close attention to steps 3, 4, and 5.

Also can you boot to safe-mode - and if so is the desktop etc. still missing?

You're obviously (and understandably) concerned about your data/files etc. Might be a wise move to get a Linux variant on a CD (Knoppix or Ubuntu); boot up with that and then copy off all data etc. to optical-media... Verify those copies are truly accessible on at at least one other system too.

Both variants can be downloaded as an iso and then burned to a CD; boot up etc. with that CD...

Once data is secure... then set about resolving your present dilemma as above (via a Repair Installation)?

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September 5, 2009 at 18:29:26
actually the link I gave works very well as I have never lost data in a repair installation.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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September 5, 2009 at 19:44:53
thank you ...gonna try this now...

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