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how to disable a new windows 8 startup option in xp

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April 26, 2013 2:01:16 PM

I could not find a resolution in the Forum here so, I thought this might help someone else trying to Disable a New Windows 8 Startup Option in XP?

My graphics card went bad so I replaced it with a graphics card with 3 monitor ports. So I upgraded by adding another monitor, but could only display 2 of the 3 monitors at any one time.

I needed to try a newer operating system that would extend the limitation that XP had with multiple monitors (which is the inherent inability to display more than 2 monitors at the same time).

After formatting drive D: an existing partition on the same hard drive as the XP O/S; I installed Win 8 Pro (64 bit version).

All 3 monitors worked so I began removing Win 8 Pro to perform an upgrade to Win 8 Pro from XP. I began by formatting the D drive (erasing all files and directories of the new installation of Win 8 Pro) and altering the text in boot.ini.

First Sign of Trouble:
There wasn't any reference to Windows 8 in the Boot.ini file, so just in case I saved the file as boot.old.

This brings me now to my problem of trying to Disable a New Windows 8 Startup Option in XP?

Every time I tried to boot up to XP, Win 8 Pro tried to repair it's O/S files and of course they were erased, so there would be No Joy there.

I tried bcdedit.exe at a windows /system32 cmd prompt, but it was not recognized.

After more searching, I gave up and tried the XP install disc to fix the MBR, which was successful.

After restart it still would not boot up to XP.

Resolution:
There is an Advanced Options buttons available after Win 8 Pro tries to repair the files.

Click the Advanced Options button, set XP Pro as the default O/S.

That all Folks!!!

Of course you still have that second Win 8 Pro O/S dual boot option to clean up.

Haven't figured that out yet......

Brad




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April 26, 2013 4:06:00 PM

bradsue said:
I could not find a resolution in the Forum here so, I thought this might help someone else trying to Disable a New Windows 8 Startup Option in XP?

My graphics card went bad so I replaced it with a graphics card with 3 monitor ports. So I upgraded by adding another monitor, but could only display 2 of the 3 monitors at any one time.

I needed to try a newer operating system that would extend the limitation that XP had with multiple monitors (which is the inherent inability to display more than 2 monitors at the same time).

After formatting drive D: an existing partition on the same hard drive as the XP O/S; I installed Win 8 Pro (64 bit version).

All 3 monitors worked so I began removing Win 8 Pro to perform an upgrade to Win 8 Pro from XP. I began by formatting the D drive (erasing all files and directories of the new installation of Win 8 Pro) and altering the text in boot.ini.

First Sign of Trouble:
There wasn't any reference to Windows 8 in the Boot.ini file, so just in case I saved the file as boot.old.

This brings me now to my problem of trying to Disable a New Windows 8 Startup Option in XP?

Every time I tried to boot up to XP, Win 8 Pro tried to repair it's O/S files and of course they were erased, so there would be No Joy there.

I tried bcdedit.exe at a windows /system32 cmd prompt, but it was not recognized.

After more searching, I gave up and tried the XP install disc to fix the MBR, which was successful.

After restart it still would not boot up to XP.

Resolution:
There is an Advanced Options buttons available after Win 8 Pro tries to repair the files.

Click the Advanced Options button, set XP Pro as the default O/S.

That all Folks!!!

Of course you still have that second Win 8 Pro O/S dual boot option to clean up.

Haven't figured that out yet......

Brad






I suspect you've altered the mbr on your primary drive and it's still trying to find win8. I have had issues like that with dual booting windows and linux, and I found that boot-repair-disc is very good at "fixing" broken boot strings, etc. You can find it here: http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair-cd/home/Home/

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April 26, 2013 5:18:36 PM

Mark,

Thank you for this information. I was pondering what my next step should be. I am considering my current status by evaluating my BOOT.INI file in System Startup of Startup & Recovery of XP (which I have pasted below).

With XP as the default it will boot up, but I am still getting the dual boot window prompting me to choose which O/S to boot. I want to clean this up because I would like to officially upgrade my XP (32bit) to Windows 8 Pro (64 bit).

If I am not mistaken, upgrading would not have resulted in a dual boot scenario. Although I intentionally wanted and expected to see the option to dual boot (to perform functionality testing of the multiple monitors feature previously mentioned). I just want to make sure it is a clean install when I upgrade.



Any ideas before I employ ZE Rescue Disk as a next step?

Brad

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;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT /USEPMTIMER
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April 26, 2013 5:42:48 PM

Unfortunately, I don't use w8 so I am uncomfortable in addressing w8 problems directly. That being said, if I remember correctly, when the betas of w8 came out, there was some consternation that if you tried out 8 in an "upgrade" of 7, you could not revert to 7. I don't know if that has any bearing here.

If you are planning to just plain upgrade to 8 and don't have any data or files you need to save from XP, just do a clean install and I believe 8 will do a clean format and install and you should end up with just two partitions - repair and your main drive.

Boot repair disc is very good at what it does and it will generate a log for your review. You could also try Hirens boot cd - it has all kinds of tools, including boot clean ups.

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