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Hi,

I have an xp machine and decided to create a new partition which would have vista on it. After a while I decided that I no longer wanted this partition (and Vista) and formatted it. Problem is I still have the boot option on start up and can not seem to remove it.
I have edited the boot.ini file to make sure there was nothing still thee but to no prevail. Here is the boot.ini file :

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;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
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[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 Professional" /FASTDETECT /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN

As you can see there is no mention of either the other partition or Vista. Any ideas?

Fyi I did not remove partition only formatted it.

Thanks in advance for any help in resolving this matter.
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Question by:cyberswannie
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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I think that you are using other bootloader.

Has you installed another OS?
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by:cyberswannie
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Hi Drashiel,

No I have only the XP os which I first started with.
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rindi earned 500 total points
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Try booting the XP Installation CD into it's recovery console, then enter fixboot and fixmbr so XP's bootloader is restored.
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by:cyberswannie
ID: 36548200
Hi Rindi,

I will do, and i'll let you know if it fixes the issue.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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from the vista install disk in the boot folder
from a command prompt run
bootsect /nt52c: /force /mbr

now you should be back at your windows XP boot screen
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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bootsect /nt52 c: /force /mbr

(had a space missing)
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by:cyberswannie
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Thanks Rindi

Your solution seems to have solved the problems. Thanks again.
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