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Have 2 windows xp home to pick at boot, one works one doesnt. How do I remove one?

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At boot there are 2 Windows XP Home to pick from.  The first one dont work. The 2nd boots fine.  How do I remove the broken one?
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After you completely boot-up into the one that works:

Start --> Run --> CMD
C:
CD \
ATTRIB -S -H -R BOOT.INI
notepad BOOT.INI

You will see something like this:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional x64 Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional x64 Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Remove the offending line (make sure it is the one that does not work, they display as ordered so the first one will be the first selectable, the second one the second selectable, etc. etc.)

Close out of notepad, saving the file when asked if you would like to save the changes.

Click on your Command Prompt Window

ATTRIB +S +H +R BOOT.INI
EXIT

Next time you boot the computer you will only see the one option.  If you do not choose to remove the correct one, then you will need a boot disk to reaccess your computer.

-saige-

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