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Win XP Pro Dual Boot

By nhiep_nguyen ·
Hello everybody,

I have installed Win XP Pro in two instances on two separate primary partitions of my first Hard Disk. One is meant for general usage, the other is reduced two the bare essentials, using a minimum of resources so that ressources is saved for Video editing.
My problem is that at the dual boot screen it displays the two boots with the same name (Windows XP Professional) so that it is confusing as which is which.
My question is : is there a way to change one or both boot names? Also is there a way to suppress this dual boot option as with Boot Magic from PowerQuest?

Thank you in advance for the help you could provide me with.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Win XP Pro Dual Boot

you can change or eliminate boot options by editing boot.ini, a hidden, read-only, system file located in the root directory. backup a copy first and good idea to have a working boot floppy first as this can make your system unbootable. see support.microsoft.com search for boot.ini for more info

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The boot.ini can be edited with start, control panel, performance and system but it does not say either the names of the prompted boots can be changed. I have changed it but the boot prompt screen still displays the same names.

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by bart777 In reply to Win XP Pro Dual Boot

The names are in the boot.ini file in quotes.
Such as:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Standard"

If you change the name in the quotes you will see the difference on the screen. You will want to edit both of these names at the same time.

First make a backup copy of the file so that you can recover if anything goes wrong. Then make the changes and reboot.

Have fun.

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