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edit os choice menu during boot-up

By tujordan20 ·
i installed two os on two different pcs. in one case, two xp pro on two HD,one of whitch was later removed.In other case xp pro & vista rc1(on two different HD, & both are still on same PC).Vista was envetually removed and drive reformatted.Both pc have partion magic 8 installed.
Both pcs still shows menu choices of OS during boot up. The boot ini files have been edited to only the remaining OS but the menu choices are still there.
does the OS get it's info from somewhere else?
does the bios have any thing to do with it?
Is there anyway to edit the boot option short of
reintalling OS ?

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by 3xp3rt In reply to edit os choice menu durin ...

You must verify again the boot.ini file. It?s possible to restore the old boot.ini by the system restore. Also verify if your boot.ini file have the following content:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

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did not help

by tujordan20 In reply to

copied/pasted your file on to my boot loader
(i'm missing line after default=-------)
did not work either, modified by replacing "default" with "xp pro" .now i get "invalid
ntldr, boot from c: windows" but it went to the right OS &no more menu choice! any ideas how to fix it "properly"?

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by wcp In reply to edit os choice menu durin ...

Windows Vista uses different boot loader (BCD or Boot Configuration Data) from Windows XP and it is managed by bcdedit.exe in Windows\Syatem32 folder. Bcdedit.exe is a command which must be run from Command Prompt and it is not user friendly at all.

Probably the easiest way to remove Windows Vista boot loader is to use VistaBootPro from
You can uninstall the Vista boot loader, hence boot to Windows XP Pro directly and then reinstall it later, hence dual boot again if you wish. Choose Bootloader and then either Reinstall the Vista Bootloader or Uninstall the Vista Bootloader (use to restore XP).

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by wcp In reply to

Because you formatted the Windows Vista HD, you cannot use bcdedit.exe.

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vista boot pro worked

by tujordan20 In reply to

thank you,vista boot pro did work even after
vista 's partition was reformated.required install of .netframwork . can't find bcdedit.exe in xp pro?

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