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Remove the items from multi boot selection menu

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I have multiple OS installed on my laptop, Windows ME,XP home, XP Pro 2 instances.

I have uninstalled the couple of installations of XP. But still all of these instances are appearing on my boot OS selection menu.

Can any body tell me how to get rid of unnecessary options from BOOT OS menu from ME and XP Pro.
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by:briancassin
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You need to modify your boot.ini file and comment out or remove the other o.s. line selections
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sorry was writing reply back ... sunray posted first
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briancassin,
> sorry was writing reply back .

np
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by:sirbounty
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Click Start->Run->MSConfig
From the Boot.INI tab, click the Check All Boot Paths button.
If there is a discrepancy, this should resolve it - otherwise, I would think the above reference to manually editing the Boot.INI file would resolve this - have you tried it?  Remember, it's a hidden file - click Start->Run-> \boot.ini
to load it...
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by:WarrenMason
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Hello There,

It is all to do with the boot.ini file as said above. By default the boot.ini is a hidden file..  As it is a system file and shouldn't be deleted.  Need to unhide system files.  Boot.ini will be on the root drive, ie C:\boot.ini


This is an example of a boot.ini file

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

U will have extra lines within this file ie..

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2003" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Server" /fastdetect


for example...


So 4 operating systems on one hard disk, each on a seperate partion.  U just need to delete the ones u don't want and then make the default "arc path" (each line above is an arc path ie where do I need to go to find the operating system?)the operating system u are using.


The first arc path multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect.

This means IDE controller 1, hard disk 1, partion 1 in a folder called winnt, and the operating system is win 2k pro..

Good luck and regards..




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by:Corey_King
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A beginner friendly way to edit your boot.ini file:

Make a bootable disk, easy way is to download the Win ME OEM bootme.exe from http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm.  Run the file with a 3.5 floppy in your drive.  

Now download http://www.bootdisk.com/files3333/editbini.zip
Unzip the file and copy editbini.exe file to the floppy you just made.
Boot from the floppy
At the boot screen select #4
At the command prompt type:

editbini.exe
Edit as WarrenMason describes above
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