How to change your Win XP boot menu

Question

I have 2 os choice menu both windows xp pro, only one works I just want to remove one on the choices, the one that is bad I want to remove.. Can you help pls

Answer

This question was answered on March 28, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

First save a copy of your boot.ini file in case that you encounter problems

Save a Backup Copy of Boot.ini

1 Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties

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In Control Panel, start the Performance and Maintenance tool, and then click System

2 On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery

3 Under System Startup, click Edit This opens the file in Notepad ready for editing

4 In Notepad, click File on the Menu bar, and then click Save As

5 Right click in an empty area of the Save As dialog box, point to New in the Context menu, and then click Folder

6 Type a name for the new folder, for example temp, and then press the ENTER key to create the folder named temp

7 Double-click the new folder named temp, and then click the Save button to save a backup copy of the Boot.ini file

Now to edit the boot.ini file

Edit the Boot.ini File

To view and edit the Boot.ini file: 1 Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties

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In Control Panel, start the Performance and Maintenance tool, and then click System

2 On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery

3 Under System Startup, click Edit

Sample boot.ini file

Sample Boot.ini File

This is a sample of a default Boot.ini file from a Windows XP Professional computer

[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file after adding another partition running Windows 2000 Professional

[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

To edit this file just delete the line you do not need in notepad left click file and then left click save, such as multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect .

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Posted by Ronald of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 28, 2005