Boot up query



Bill Ridgeway
07-10-2005, 01:11 AM
I have re-installed Windows XP. Now, on boot up it goes into a screen which
offers to boot from either of two instances of XP.

I have seen this before but haven't got to the bottom of understanding the
cause. Is the fact that the hard disk originally had a small partition
which I deleted to format only one partition got anything to do with it?

Could someone please tell me the cause of this and what to do so that it
goes boots directly into the Windows XP desktop.

Thanks..

Bill Ridgeway
Computer Solutions

Wesley Vogel
07-10-2005, 01:11 AM
You probably have two installations of XP.

To see if you do...

Start | Run | Type: msconfig | OK |
Boot.ini tab | Check All Boot Paths button |
A dialog box will open detailing the location of any invalid operating
system locations | Confirm you want to remove the entry and reboot

[[Check All Boot Paths - This button will check the boot paths for all
operating systems listed in the BOOT.INI to ensure they point to a valid
operating system. ]]

Msconfig image
http://www.winnetmag.com/Files/16/20784/msconfig.gif

If there is only one you will get:
It appears that all BOOT.INI lines for Microsoft operating systems are OK.

If you have two...

I have two installations of XP on the same partition
http://michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html

Scroll down to and expand...
20. I have two installations of XP on the same partition.......


[[You reinstalled Windows XP on your computer thinking it would overwrite
the existing version of Windows XP and now there are two copies when you
boot up. Crap! What to do now? Not to worry, here's the solution.]]
http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-reformat-winxp/two-copies-xp.html

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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:d72rh8$ndl$1@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk,
Bill Ridgeway <info@1001solutions.co.uk> hunted and pecked:
> I have re-installed Windows XP. Now, on boot up it goes into a screen
> which offers to boot from either of two instances of XP.
>
> I have seen this before but haven't got to the bottom of understanding the
> cause. Is the fact that the hard disk originally had a small partition
> which I deleted to format only one partition got anything to do with it?
>
> Could someone please tell me the cause of this and what to do so that it
> goes boots directly into the Windows XP desktop.
>
> Thanks..
>
> Bill Ridgeway
> Computer Solutions


Boot up query