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February 13, 2014 3:41:52 PM

I found another thread and followed the advice, but it seems mine is a little different.
Opening the .. bini file(? I'm rather ignorant).. I have a boot load that says this:
[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
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS.1="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Can I just delete the "Windows.1"?
Thank you

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February 13, 2014 3:55:43 PM

That usually happens when you have to reload the operating system on a computer but didn't wipe the hard drive properly ahead of time. What you can do is adjust the timeout setting so that it never prompts you to select which OS to boot to. To get there, you'll right-click on computer and select properties. From the System settings window, click the advanced tab. On that Tab, click the settings button next to startup & recovery. On that window, uncheck the boxes asking about startup options.
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February 13, 2014 4:05:48 PM

game junky said:
That usually happens when you have to reload the operating system on a computer but didn't wipe the hard drive properly ahead of time. What you can do is adjust the timeout setting so that it never prompts you to select which OS to boot to. To get there, you'll right-click on computer and select properties. From the System settings window, click the advanced tab. On that Tab, click the settings button next to startup & recovery. On that window, uncheck the boxes asking about startup options.


Well, I'm not really concerned with the startup screen. All I have to do is hit enter. The main reason I ask is because my C: properties tells me I have 65 GB space used and 75 GB space remaining, but I can't even download a 2 GB program because it says I don't have enough "physical memory", so I didn't know if it was going towards the other OS or something.

As an aside(ignore if you like but another issue I'm having), I can only have my browser open for so long(Firefox) before it starts to majorly slow down(especially after accessing gmail and youtube, but just in general). I don't know if it's normal, but the Mem Usage for Firefox slowly goes up to around 300,000K. In order to get things running smoothly again, I have to close firefox, go to task manager and force close firefox, then when I reopen it runs a little more smoothly again(not taking a minute or more to load a window that should only take a second--I used to have really nice computer and now on this old 2002)
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February 13, 2014 4:14:54 PM

If you have the disks, I would recommend wiping and reloading - if that other OS install had a separate partition on your hard drive, you could use gparted to kill the data and then extend the other partition but it might nerf your system. Bottomline, wiping and reloading will work if you have a valid key and it's the cleanest way.
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February 14, 2014 11:16:04 AM

On the Boot.ini file just delete the WINDOWS.1 line and the startup should go normal...

On the physical memory problem, a 2002 computer would have at most 512MB and that is way small for today's needs... so you probably have to add at least twice the RAM and a AGP or PCI video card of at least 128MB to be able to watch Youtube videos more normally... make it a 256MB or preferably a 512MB video card for much smoother play.

The amount of data computers now handle since 2002 has increased dramatically. So, if you just install a new copy of Windows XP, it may recover the original stability and speed but as soon as you go into the Internet or open programs it will start going slower again. Those 300,000K Firefox is using when idle, are around 300MB of RAM being used and if you have 512MB of installed RAM, as the maximum RAM module size was 256MB in DDR and half that in PC133 RAM. So, a new installation only will not help much if you need better hardware performance.

If you can't or don't want to install a new copy of Windows XP or add more RAM and Video card to your computer,.. To slightly improve performance in your computer, apply the suggestions given here: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1731196/laptop-s...
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