multiple boot selections on xp startup

By olpallix ยท 10 replies
Dec 17, 2006
  1. hi everyone
    i have a seagte hard drive which gives me different boot choices and i cant seem to erase the ones that are now corrupt.
    It gives me 3 choices:

    1 windows xp
    2 windows xp
    3 windows media center

    i know its because i installed those before and its has kept a reference to these old boot sectors. but i have since then reformated both partition in my single drive C: and D: and thought this might help go back to a single selection. only one selection works. and that is number 1?
    how can i erase those 2 i dont need and dont work? is it in the bios memory?
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    You need to edit the Boot.ini file:

    1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.

    2. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.

    3. Under System Startup, click Edit.

    Copy and paste the information in that file into this thread, and we'll tell you what to edit out.
  3. olpallix

    olpallix TS Rookie Topic Starter

    muchas gracias DonNagual!

    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Currently only option one is working correct?

    Delete the 2nd and 3rd lines after [operating systems] using notepad. Save and reboot.

    Let me know if this fixes you up! :)

    PLEASE NOTE: Before editing the boot.ini file make sure you make a backup of it first on a floppy disk. Should any problems happen after you have edited the file you can then always copy the original boot ini file back to the C: drive.
  5. olpallix

    olpallix TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks it works.
    but im confused, cause fully formatting my drive should have cured that problem ? any ideas why it doesnt erase that ini file?
    cheers buddy
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    When you format or delete a partition on your hard drive it doesn't wipe your Master Boot Record. It is not a part of the partitions on your system. It is in the first sector of the hard drive and unaffected by reformatting.

    Glad it worked. Cheers.
  7. olpallix

    olpallix TS Rookie Topic Starter

    really? so can that small sector be affected by viruses? how would one be able to eradicate those?
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Yes, there is a such thing as boot sector viruses. Your antivirus software (assuming it is a good one) will automatically be checking the boot sector for viruses there as well.

    If you want to be sure you don't have one, you can run this online scanner:
  9. olpallix

    olpallix TS Rookie Topic Starter

    just find it strange that formatting in dos doesn't clear the boot sector? tried the housecall software and all is fine. cheers don!
  10. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    format through dos doesn't do the whole HDD, best if you want the whole HDD cleaned out is to do a low level or 0'ed format. This will revert the HDD to near factory conditions, taking out all filesystems and partitions present on the target hdd..
  11. olpallix

    olpallix TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Great, thanks for your kind help! hope you have nice crimbo.
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