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Boot to non existant OS

By inkwell ·
I am running "ME" on one of my computers, & decided I would install 2000 on the secondary drive, forgetting that the boot would still be on the C drive.

I have since removed the second drive, but every time I start the computer I am given a choice of "ME" or 2000. The only problem is that 2000 isn't there.

Is there any relatively easy way to get rid of the 2000 boot prompt so I can automatically boot to ME?

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Boot to non existant OS

Just edit the hidden file BOOT.INI and remove the line that mentions booting the Win2k instance. You can just use Notepad to edit the file.

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by dmiles In reply to Boot to non existant OS

1) Make a Windows 98 Boot Disk. If you don't already have one, you can make one by following one of the three methods below:


a) By going to Control Panel\Add Remove Program\Boot Disk (Win9x)


b) By right clicking on the a: drive and selecting "format" and make sure to put a check to copy system files...


c) Format the disk by typing format a: /s at the DOS Prompt.


If you don't have access to a Win98 system to make a boot disk, you can go to www.bootdisk.com to download it.


2) After you make or download the Win98 Boot Disk, boot the system using it. ( Make sure you have the option "Boot Sequence" in the BIOS to boot from A).


3) After you boot with the Win98 boot disk, you will come to a DOS prompt. Simply type sys c: from the A Prompt and reboot the system.

EX: a> sys c:
Socal i gotta bookmark/ search this one for my other box lol

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BBA NDC...in you first scenerio, just to get rid of W2K boot manager, the only things you have to do are:

1. Boot to a win98 floppy contaning sys.com and fdisk.
2. Type 'fdisk /mbr'
3. Type 'sys c:'

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by TheChas In reply to Boot to non existant OS

Either answer will work.

However, for answer 2 from dmiles, you should use a Me and not a W98 startup disk.

If you want details on the boot.ini commands, there is a command reference posted at www.systeminternals.com

Chas

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