Aborted Win 2000 installation: How to get rid of boot menu?

Posted on 2006-05-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I was starting to install Win 2000 over a Win 98 installation when I had a change of heart and decided to keep the box at 98. I had gotten to the point in the Win 2K install where it asks what you want to do with the existing FAT32 partition and I chose to convert it to NTFS. Just before it got to the conversion, I rebooted the box. Now when it boots, it presents a boot choice of Win 2000 or Windows, defaulting unfortunately to Win 2000! I'd like to remove this boot menu but don't know how.

By the way, the Win 98 OS still loads fine, the Win 2000 choice proceeds with the file system conversion routine. I need to get rid of that menu or make it default to Win 98. How?

Question by:luxurylink
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    Edit BOOT.INI file in your root (mostly C) drive. BOOT.INI file is hidden, so if you edit it with notepad, just go to open file dialog, go to C drive (or whatever drive you boot from) and then enter BOOT.INI into the file field in that dialog.
    Once opened, change timeout to 0 (TIMEOUT=0) and remove the Windows 2000 record from the [operating systems] part.
    Save it and reboot.

    You might also want to clear all contents from the W2K installation dir (not sure what it is exactly, might be hidden as well, the original folder is WINNT).

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