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Remove Setup Windows XP option from startup

Posted on 2007-03-31
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I have started the process of installing windows XP, and when my computer reboots I am given the option of choosing between my existing windowsXP or the Setup for WindowsXP.  However I dont want to install it anymore cause I changed my mind.  How do I remove the 2 options from the startup promt when my computer starts up everytime?  I dont want to see the option for Setup Windows XP anymore.  I just want it to startup normally now.
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by:LeeTutor
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Are you given this option in the boot loader menu constructed from boot.ini?  Boot.ini is a "superhidden" file in the root directory of the System drive/partition.  In order to see it, you need to click on the Tools menu of Windows Explorer, select Folder Options, click on the View tab, put a dot next to Show hidden files and folder, and also remove the check marks next to Hide protected Operating System file (recommended), and next to Hide extensions for known file types.  Then you can edit it as described in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;289022
HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP

Another useful article on Boot.ini:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314081
The Purpose of the Boot.ini File in Windows XP
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Right click on My Computer icon and select Properties.
From the properties window go to Advanced > Startup and Recovery > Settings. Here, you can both edit the timeout value and modify the Boot.ini file by clicking Edit.

Under the "[operating systems]" section you will see one line with ="Microsoft Windows XP" and one line with ="Setup for Windows XP" remove the line with ="Setup for Windows XP" then click on file and save.
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by:qz8dsw
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DOH, Sorry Lee, I seem to be having a bad day of it.
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by:joshuadavidlee
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[Boot Loader]
Timeout=5
Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup"


qz8dsw:
this is what I have but not sure what part exactly to alter
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Remove the line
C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup"

Change the line
Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
to
Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS


Terry
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by:qz8dsw
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As a follow up once you've done that and rebooted to confirm the entry is really gone you can delete the C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT directory.

Terry
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by:qz8dsw
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Oh, one more thing.
When you try to save it, it might say you can't because it's read-only.
If it does, click on start, then run and type in cmd      and hit enter.

then type in attrib c:\boot.ini -r -h -s
and hit enter.

Then you will be able to edit it and use File, Save.
Windows will re-hide it and reset it's attributes on the next reboot.

Terry
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by:LeeTutor
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joshuadavidlee, any feedback?
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