Removing Dual Boot Options


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Smiffie72

Hi,
This is what my boot.ini file looks like at the moment
[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 Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS2="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

I presume that they are listed in the same order as shown in the bootup
options.
I don't need the first 2 as I was reinstalling Xp on one drive and wanted to
put a backup on the second drive but put it on the first drives second
partition.

So to remove the options of choosing between the 3 bootups and going back to
one, do I just delete the first 2 OS options?
Thanks
 
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Bruce Chambers

Smiffie72 said:
Hi,
This is what my boot.ini file looks like at the moment
[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 Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS2="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

I presume that they are listed in the same order as shown in the bootup
options.
I don't need the first 2 as I was reinstalling Xp on one drive and wanted to
put a backup on the second drive but put it on the first drives second
partition.

So to remove the options of choosing between the 3 bootups and going back to
one, do I just delete the first 2 OS options?
Thanks


Graphically:

From within WinXP, Start > Run > Msconfig, Boot.ini Tab > "Check
all Boot Paths."

Manually:

1) Click Start > Run, Type "Cmd" and then press <Enter>.

2) Type "Cd\" and then press <Enter>

3) Type "Attrib C:\Boot.ini -h -r -s" and then press <Enter>

4) Click Start > Run, Type "Notepad c:\boot.ini" and then press <Enter>

5) Edit the file to removed the extraneous line(s), save it, and then
exit Notepad.

6) Type "Attrib C:\Boot.ini +h +r +s" and then press <Enter>

7) Close the command console.


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Jose

Hi,
This is what my boot.ini file looks like at the moment
[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 Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS2="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

I presume that they are listed in the same order as shown in the bootup
options.
I don't need the first 2 as I was reinstalling Xp on one drive and wantedto
put a backup on the second drive but put it on the first drives second
partition.

So to remove the options of choosing between the 3 bootups and going backto
one, do I just delete the first 2 OS options?
Thanks

First make a copy of what you have.

You can modify your boot.ini easily from Windows (it is made that
way).

Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Startup and Recovery,
Settings, Edit

If you have just 1 bootable partition and it is C:\WINDOWS, I suggest
this to start (beware of line wraps)

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Consider adding the Windows Recover Console to your system someday...
It will show up as a second boot option and come in very handy for
that day when XP decides not to boot properly.
 
S

Smiffie72

Jose said:
Hi,
This is what my boot.ini file looks like at the moment
[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 Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS2="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

I presume that they are listed in the same order as shown in the bootup
options.
I don't need the first 2 as I was reinstalling Xp on one drive and wanted to
put a backup on the second drive but put it on the first drives second
partition.

So to remove the options of choosing between the 3 bootups and going back to
one, do I just delete the first 2 OS options?
Thanks

First make a copy of what you have.

You can modify your boot.ini easily from Windows (it is made that
way).

Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Startup and Recovery,
Settings, Edit

If you have just 1 bootable partition and it is C:\WINDOWS, I suggest
this to start (beware of line wraps)

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Consider adding the Windows Recover Console to your system someday...
It will show up as a second boot option and come in very handy for
that day when XP decides not to boot properly.


The reason I did a reinstall was because Windows wouldn't start and luckily
had a duel boot installed on a second drive.
But there used to be and option to to press F10 when booting which started
the pc manufacturers own recovery. (It's a Mesh, UK company) but that didn't
restore it.
I had installed System Mechanic not long before I had problems and made a
bootable recovery disc, but that didn't work and it found no problems with
the drive.
So started Recovery Console from the windows disk but that didn't work either.
But the F10 disappeared. There is a partition n my primary drive which has
been named recovery, but I couldn't access it. Did have a back up of the reg
and tried reistalling it but that didn't work.

Anyway cheers for advice, I'm still learning!!
So I presume the recovery partition on the drive named recovery is what was
supposed to be accessed when pressing f10. But if it doesn't work, shall I
delete it and install Recovery Console?
 
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dadiOH

Smiffie72 said:
Anyway cheers for advice, I'm still learning!!
So I presume the recovery partition on the drive named recovery is
what was supposed to be accessed when pressing f10. But if it doesn't
work, shall I delete it and install Recovery Console?

No, they are two different things.

The partition you have is (most likely) one put there by the computer
manufacturer to allow you to return the computer to the pristine condition
it was in when you purchased it. It may or may not have options that allow
you to keep your installed programs and personal data.

The Windows XP Recovery Console is part of the Windows XP install disc
(which you may not have). It contains various utility programs that may or
may not help you fix XP if it isn't working properly. It is sort of the XP
equivalent of a boot floppy.

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