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Unwanted start-up choice

By mickzer
Apr 12, 2006
  1. Hi All,
    I installed Mandriva Linux on partition H: (with Windows XP HE on C: ) just to see if I could learn a bit about it. Then I needed the space it was taking up, so I deleted partition H: and formatted it) from Windows through Disk Management (which saw it as “unknown partition”. Now I have a choice at boot-up of which OS I want to run. Luckily I had it set to run Windows by default or I would have been in bigger trouble now. My question is how can I get rid of the choice at start-up? I don’t remember what file system I used for Mandriva, but Win XP is on NTFS. Neither OS could see the other. I also can’t remember which boot loader I used when asked , but I think it was Grub!!!.
    I would like to do this from Windows if possible.I have a live Ubuntu CD ,if that could help any,but I would need exact instructions as I can’t get into Linux at all.
    Thank you all in advance and if you need any more info, let me know, OK.

    Mickzer.
     
  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    From here - Tidy

    "I have used FIXMBR to remove the grub loader on a windows xp sp2 system just a few days ago. I was running Windows XP and Fedora Core 3. worked just fine."

    and here - Tidy

    "Untick 'Time to display OS systems' in 'startup & recovery (or reduce timeout to zero)and select default from drop down menu.......

    If you only have the one OS?.....then fix the MBR at the recovery console with the fixmbr C"
     
  3. mickzer

    mickzer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 101

    Hi Peddant,
    I fixed it with the FIXMBR at the Recovery Console. Thanks.
    BTW What would have been the correct way to have removed Mandriva...or any other Linux OS? (Just in case)
    mickzer.
     
  4. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    FIXMBR then delete the partition through Windows or partition manager.Tidy
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hi Peddant.

    Where do you find all the links you post?

    You must spend hours trawling the web or something lol.

    Nontheless, You`re doing a great job.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  6. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    I`ve got a diploma in Boolean googling :)
     
  7. mickzer

    mickzer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 101

    Hi Peddant,
    So I did it completely the wrong way round!! Figures!!

    I agree with Howard. You must have a link for every fault(HaHa)
    mickzer
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Ah, that`s what it is lol.

    Do you think you could start using the hyperlink feature Like this?

    It just makes posts tidier.

    Cheers mate.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Tidy! Tidy! I only do substance,Howard.I leave style to you.lol
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Very funny mate.

    Go on give it a try. you might find you like it lol.

    Regards Howard :haha:
     
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