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By shahab_ahmad_pk ·
On a system in my office Win2k Professional was installed. User requested for a fresh intall. During fresh install I deleted the old partitions and created new partitions.
When I completed the installation I found that my Boot.ini was having an entry for previous install. I want to know when I deleted the partations where does this information was stored?

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by mr.MCSE In reply to Boot.ini

The information was most likely already stored in system memory before deleting the partitions. It's easy to fix though, do the following:

1.) Browse/Explore to C:\boot.ini

Note: This is a hidden system file so you may need to go into Tools --> Folder Options, Select the "View" tab, then select the "Show hidden files and folders" option.

2.) Double click on "boot.ini" to open it for editing.

3.) Look at the line that begins with "Default="

4.) Now look at the lines that will appear under this line, "[operating systems]"

5.) Delete the line that DOES NOT look the same as the text that appears after the "default=" portion of the file.

Note:
If both lines under the "[operating systems]"
header are exactly the same then just delete one of the lines.

6.) Save and close the file.

FYI: You can change the value of x in the "Timeout=x" line to however many seconds you want the boot menu to appear before automatically booting to the default OS.

Hope it helps.

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by James A Bailey In reply to Boot.ini

I believe the boot records and menus you see are located in the MBR, and when you do a normal delete and reformat of a partition, this part of the drive is not effected. To start fresh with a new MBR, boot to a 98 floppy and type: fdisk /mbr, this well create a new mbr, removing all old stuff. Answer above well allow you to modify the info in the mbr though which is usually good enough.

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by James A Bailey In reply to Boot.ini

If you want to get rid of the Menu all toghether, right click on My Computer then Properties then Advanced. On this section you well see 3 buttons. Click the bottum one - Start Up and Recovery - In the Sytem Start up section, choose the OS you want to boot up, usually the one that is listed at the top, then uncheck the box that says Display List of Operating Systems.

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by Lo In reply to Boot.ini

Not sure about Win2K, on Win NT v4, BOOT.INI is on the 1st partition. There are 2-3 other files, NTLOADER? and such that boot the system.

If you didn't delete the C or whatever the 1st partition was, then those files will still be there and ans 1 will let you modify. Be careful, make a backup, if you corrupt it, you can't boot.

If you are going to reinstall, do that then after you have all that running, backed up, etc. do the edit. I got 2 Win NT when I installed/deleted/installed. Did same/similar edit as above and that worked OK, from Win NT even.

If your C isn't Fat32 or Fat16 (i.e. it's NTFS), you need to check that you have a means to recover if you get it corrupted (there were other posts about how to get around DOS and an NTFS partition).

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