how to get rid of dual os if no write priviledge on editing boot.ini?

By ckck ยท 8 replies
Jun 8, 2005
  1. I have 2 win2k installed on 2 drives, one of them is broken which is the first choice to boot. I then go edit boot.ini; however, I was not able to save the changed file because the pop-up window says, this is read-only system file that I don't have right to change it.

    How can I change the priviledge on this file?

    I tried start->run->msconfig, it says no this file.

    I used search, both files were not able to be found; but I can open boot.ini. Any other solutions?
  2. Molson316

    Molson316 TS Rookie Posts: 67

    Give this a try.

    Go to c:\ and then
    under TOOLS>FOLDER OPTIONS, make sure the show hidden files/folder is checked and hide protected os files is unchecked. Right click the boot file that appears (refresh screen if it doesn't), and make sure read only is not checked. Then, try editing the boot.ini.
  3. ckck

    ckck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you

    it works perfectly fine now. Thanks!
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    You can also edit it, irrespective of permission settings on boot.ini, if you do this:

    My computer ---> Properties ---> Advanced ---> Start up and Recovery (settings) ---> Edit.
  5. ckck

    ckck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    can I delete boot.ini?

    Now that I have only one os, do I still need this file?
  6. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    Keep it

    patio, :cool:
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Yes, you always need it. Delete it and your machine will not boot.
  8. ckck

    ckck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    but do I need to have it to be shown in every booting?

    is it wise to make the wait time = 0?
  9. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    If you have only one OS, you can set it to 0, which effectively disables showing the bootmenu.
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