Windows XP appears to be installed twice (now I have a dual booting screen)

By soniclnd
Jan 8, 2005
  1. okay, i got a computer as a gift that had windows 98 on it, so i wanted to put windows xp (home edition) on it. i installed it correctly and everything works fine, but when i turn it on it asks me to choose the operating system and i'm being given the same choice twice:

    how do i uninstall the other windows XP or disable this screen so i go through start up normally?

    thanx in advance for any help
  2. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Posts: 492

    The hidden file C:\boot.ini contains the settings for bootup. You can remove the second entry from this, but BE CAREFUL and don't remove the one that works.
  3. soniclnd

    soniclnd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok, i found the file, and it opened in notepad but i have no idea where each starts(or ends...)
    here is everything the file says:

  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    The simpliest fix for this in your case is to right click on my computer, go to properties. then go to the advanced tab. then the bottom of 3 boxes is 'startup and recovery'. click on settings in that box. Then UNCHECK the box that says time to display list of operating systems.

    Problem solved.
  5. dundeesean

    dundeesean TS Rookie

    hi i have the same problem but i got the second xp running because had to reinstall, but takiing up space due to what was on the other one so how can i completly get rid of the unused one??
    Thanx for any help
  6. KingDingDong

    KingDingDong TS Rookie Posts: 16

    i did the same thing on vista, when i reinstalled it. I just reinstalled it again, but formatted the drive when it came up and asked what drive i wanted to install on. I clicked on advanced options and then it allows you to format then install. thats how i got rid of both my vista boots.
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    This is an Xp fault only, in boot.ini (which Vista doesn't have)
    Please do not reserect old threads (especially this big name one)
    for no reason at all
  8. KingDingDong

    KingDingDong TS Rookie Posts: 16

    well i did it three days ago on my vista ultimate 64 bit. and it have up with two boot optoins of vista.
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

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