Dual boot problem

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    Dual boot problem

    How do you remove a dual boot configuration for Windows XP?

    I used to run 2 Win XP Pro OS's on one HDD, got rid of one and its partition as well....However, when I boot up it still prompts for which OS I want to run. Where might I find some answers to this? Are there online manuals or is it a simple process?
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    u have to format/partiton your hdd. Use a utility or the FDISK command and wipe out all the partitons, make a new one, format, install windows.

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    Thank you.
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    a good such utility would be Partition Magic, imo.

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    Now you've opened a can of worms....

    I was using Partition Magic (7.0), this is part of my problem. I formatted the unnecessary partition, however, the boot process still prompts me for a choice of what OS I wish to boot up. So, although that partition no longer exists, the boot segment does not know this yet, it still acts as though it exists. Where can I change these settings?
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    You formatted the partition of you deleted it, big diff...

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    make sure that bios knows that the partition is gone...then, you'll have to check out the startup files, they may still think that the partition is there, if you try to open the OS that you formatted, does it still open? if it does then it was never formatted.
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    Or, do the easy thing and edit your boot.ini

    System properties -> advanced -> startup and recovory -> edit button in first window.

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    You could let Boot Magic do the editing for you.

    I believe if you right click on the OS that you wish to remove Boot Magic will give you the option of deleting it from your boot.ini file or as stated earlier you could just edit it yourself.

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    You could try the dos command FDISK /MBR . I'm not familiar with Partition Magic. I always use fdisk for windows partitions, anything else can be troublesome as I dual boot windows/linux. I don't have any experience with XP, so maybe this doesn't apply.

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    Another important question is what file system are your partitions?

    fat/fat

    fat/ntfs

    ntfs/ntfs

    ?

    Because if your running xp on a fat u may as well wipe the whole thing and put it on ntfs.

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    if he's using windows XP, i assume ntldr is handeling his dualbooting....

    in that case...all u'd have to do is edit your boot.ini file off your primary particion and delete the reference to your other OS.

    here's an example of a boot.ini file (my own)

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOW S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    C:\="Microsoft Windows"

    change it and save it and ur done. btw, it's a hidden file, so make sure you set windows to show you hidden/system files.

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