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Posted on 2004-09-15
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I have WIN XP on one hard drive then i installed a new hardrive and i wanted to test out windows server 2003.. then i removed the hard drive and when i boot up i continue to have two choices for an operating system.. how do i get rid of the inactive one? .. sorry did not mean to put this topic under storage
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by:tdZ80
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can you find the boot.ini file, on C:\?  it is a hidden read-only file.  you should see an entry in the boot.ini pointing to the second hard drive. < I'm thinking you installed the W2K3 OS on the second hard drive the was "added" >.  that is the one you'll want to remove.  be careful, if you pick the wrong one, you'll render the disk unbootable.  if you feel more comfortable, open up the boot.ini in "notepad" and paste the contents here.  also, please verify that XP is what you're booting from the first hard drive.
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LimeSMJ earned 50 total points
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First make a backup copy of your C:\BOOT.INI file before you edit... then...

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;289022
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thank you i was having trouble finding that
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by:Gserver
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i take that back .. sorry .. it didnt work.. i edited the boot.ini and wen i rebooted it wouldnt start.. it said sum file in the windows directory is missing.. luckily i found my way around it.. so i still need to find out how to get rid of it
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by:Gserver
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[boot loader]
timeout=0
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Enterprise" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
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by:Gserver
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the one above.. i went to properties wen u right click my computer.. advanced.. settings... edit under the boot thing.. but wen i type in boot.ini in search in C: .. i get 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 Home Edition" /fastdetect


but windows server 2003 continues to pop up on startup
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by:LimeSMJ
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You're probably getting an "Invalid BOOT.INI" file error...

You might want to try and setting Windows to just bypass that boot screen altogether :

Goto System in Control Panel.  Then goto the Advanced Tab, and select the Startup and Recovery Setting button.  In the settings window, choose the default oprating system in the drop down menu (Windows XP in your case) and uncheck the box that says "Time to display list of operating systems"...

I will continue to help you in this matter since you gave me the points without a succesful fix...  
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