Duplicate operating systems

By Doctor U
Feb 3, 2008
  1. I think I accidentally copied my operating system. During bootup, I get a black screen telling me to choose my OS. Two are listed:

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    Choosing the second one gives me the desktop I want. Choosing the first gives me a system with no virus protection.

    So how do I identify and get rid of the one I don't want?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Hi Doctor U :wave:

    This is the "Introduce yourself" forum

    You need to post your question again HERE
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Kimsland - I just moved it, simplier than having him make a new thread.

    What did you do specifically to cause this? Are both installed to the same partition or different partitions?

    The simple 'solution' is to edit the first entry out of your boot.ini. Actually even simpler solution is to set the default to the 2nd and set the timeout to 0 seconds. You can do this by right clicking on My Computer, going to Properties, advanced tab, Startup and Recovery Settings, then choosing the 2nd one in that pulldown and setting the time to display list of operating systems to 0 seconds.

    I think the real question here is how you managed to do this and whether you actually have 2 copies of XP installed, or just 2 entries in your boot.ini. Then if you have 2 copies of XP are they installed to the same place or different places.

    Do you have a C:\Windows and a C:\WINNT?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP

    Please follow all steps in that link

    Let me know how it goes

    This is the one you want:

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