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How to remove dual boot option?

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September 18, 2008 4:28:09 PM

A couple months ago, I had Vista on my PC and it crapped out due to stupidity on my end. I ended up losing the boot sector or something other and it would no longer boot. So, I reinstalled Vista. But, I did so without formatting the drive (to keep my files intact).

I didn't realize it would create a second boot option when I did this. So, now when I boot my PC, it asks me which Vista I wish to boot from (the old option doesn't even work). So, I have to sit there for 30 seconds or hit enter...

Do any of you know how to delete the old boot option?

This is Vista 32bit Ultimate.

Thanks!

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September 18, 2008 7:37:45 PM

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

Never tried it but I hear it works well and it's free.

Once you get the boot options straight I suppose you want to delete the old Vista partition? Should be doable in Control Panel/Administrative tools/computer management/storage.
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September 18, 2008 11:02:01 PM

Well now...thanks for the link! Looks like it may be of some use to me.

btw, I only have 1 partition. But, the bootloader thinks there are two versions of Windows Vista on it.
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September 19, 2008 12:55:15 PM

modify boot.ini :D 
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September 19, 2008 1:06:52 PM

I think bcd has replaced the old boot.ini method in vista? Or so I have read. Not had need for it myself.


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If your computer is a multiboot configuration, you can still change which
Windows operating system opens by default, and how long to display the list
of operating systems, by using System in Control Panel.

1. Open System by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel,
clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.

2. In the left pane, click Advanced system settings. If you
are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the
password or provide confirmation.

3. Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Startup and
Recovery, click Settings.

4. Under System startup, choose a default operating system and
the amount of time to display the list of operating systems, and then click OK.
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September 19, 2008 3:49:32 PM

fowang, I don't know how to modify it manually. But, if it comes to that I will learn *fear* :D 

Thanks notherdude. Very helpful, I'll try it this weekend.
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September 19, 2008 8:52:35 PM

goto start|run type msconfig enter
goto boot and highlight the one that you know works and set it as default.
The one you know that doesnt work and press delete and your good to go.
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September 23, 2008 3:33:49 AM

I still need to try that neosmart link. But, I did try editing the msconfig/boot section. There was only 1 listing for an OS (not two), so I couldn't delete one. Good news is, since I can change the wait time to 3 seconds, it's not really an issue anymore.

I'll still try the neosmart program one of these days.

Thanks for the help, everyone!
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November 19, 2008 10:38:46 AM

pat mcgroin said:
goto start|run type msconfig enter
goto boot and highlight the one that you know works and set it as default.
The one you know that doesnt work and press delete and your good to go.
Thanks for the info here....I had the same situation with xp pro and xp home. The pro needs removing but after following the msconfig directions above I see no way to actually delete it. :hello: 
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