My computer thinks it has 2 OS's on it, any ideas?

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  1. M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L

    M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L I live in an igloo

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    Well, after owning my dell laptop for 2 weeks, the harddrive decided to take a shit and die on me. So I called up dell and they sent me a new harddrive (it arrived 10am the next day, which was pretty cool).

    Anyway, it came with 2 disks to I assume configure the harddrive so the laptop can recognize it. After loading that software up, and then installing Windows XP, everytime I start up my computer, I get a DOS-like prompt to chose to either load "Windows XP" or "Microsoft Windows"

    Is there anyway to get rid of this prompt, I just want XP to load.
     
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    BaZ 2004 ACC Champions

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    fix your boot.ini file
     
  3. M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L

    M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L I live in an igloo

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    Where do I find this file? I just tried a search and couldn't find it. (also searched under hidden files)
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    It's on the root of the Active partition. It's hidden.
     
  5. M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L

    M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L I live in an igloo

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    Ok, I'm a dumbass here.

    Root of the active partition? Does that mean its just sitting in c:\ I checked there and couldn't find any boot.ini file either.


    I don't think my harddrive is partitioned at all, its just a standard 60GB laptop harddrive, unless it came partitioned?
     
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    c:\boot.ini

    Remove the line for the OS you don't need.
     
  7. M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L

    M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L I live in an igloo

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    Ok, I finally found it, here it was it says:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(o)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)/WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)/WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
    c:\ = "Microsoft Windows"



    So which part am I removing? Sorry for being to specific but I really don't want to mess this up.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    The very last line - just ax it. While you are at it, you can also change the timeout=30 to timeout=0 (although the timeout has no effect with onlyh one option)

    BTW, the active partition in case you didn't know is the partition the BIOS will boot from. So in a 98/W2K combo, the 98 partition would be marked as active and from there it would use the boot loader to load up either 98 or W2K.
     
  9. M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L

    M_E_A_T_B_A_L_L I live in an igloo

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    Wicked, problem solved!

    Thanks everyone for helping :bigthumb:
     

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