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Everytime i boot up my computer, it asks me to choose operating system

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December 23, 2011 5:02:04 PM

Everytime i boot up my computer, it asks me me too choose operating system.

The two options are 'start windows xp professional' and start windows xp professional setup. (see picture below)



if i move the cursor to start windows xp professional, it loads normally but if I don't, it automatically goes to xp professional setup and then just goes to a blank screen.

Any idea how to get the computer to load windows normally without me having to choose which operating system to use?
December 23, 2011 8:02:26 PM

Open the Boot.ini file for edition in:
Control Panel\System\Advanced\Start and Recovery-Settings\Edit\.. The Boot.ini file should have two lines, one representing the installed Windows XP and another representing the Windows XP Setup, probably from an interrupted or deleted dual installation. The two lines should read something like the following text between dotted lines: (The suggested changes are higlited in bold text)
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[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup" /

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Just to discard the possibility of making the system unbootabe, Apply these changes only if you agree wih my idea that your system is installed in drive C (1st partition). And if you disagree, copy and paste here, the text in your boot.ini file.

To edit the Boot.ini file: on the line that starts with the word 'default', Change the number 2 between parenthesis to 1., And also delete the complete line which includes the word 'Setup'.

The end result should be as follows: (notice the partition number should coincide)
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[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
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After this, close and save file changes
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December 23, 2011 11:58:42 PM



Or you can go to nearly the same place and click the drop-down box there and choose which you want to be the default startup and then un-check the "Time to display operating systems." While you are there, go to the bottom and un-check "Automatically Restart" under System Failure.

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December 24, 2011 1:35:12 AM

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December 24, 2011 1:35:19 AM

Thanks for the help guys!
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December 24, 2011 5:43:48 AM

eightysicksd said:
Best answer selected by eightysicksd.

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