Originally Posted by Alpha
Got a question. I formatted my 700m and now when it boots it gives me 2 options... two XP Homes to boot. The first one works, the 2nd one saids something about a boot disk... wtf is this? Right now I'm doing another format to see if it was something I did wrong.
it sounds like you tried to or you installed the OS twice on your computer rather than doing a clean format. if you are going to format, make sure you format it rather than just installing the OS. if you are booting to OS disc, you should have the option of formatting, so format ntfs and then go from there. go to www.theeldergeek.com
and it shows you how to do a clean install.
if you do not want to reformat, check to see if you have two versions of a "windows" folder in your "c" drive or whichever drive or partition has your OS. normally it will show "windows" and "windows.000" (or something like that) if you have installed OS twice. if not, then just do the following:
tools > folder options > view > uncheck hide protected operating system files. go to "c" folder or do search foor boot.ini
right click on boot.ini and if it is "read only" uncheck it. then click on boot.ini
you should get something that looks like:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
if under [operating systems] you have more than one windows, then delete one and make the line look like what is above (if you have windows xp professional, if not, it should say windows xp home)
also note the "timeout" under [boot loader]. 3 is the lowest you can set it, so if it is some other number than 3, change it to 3...that speeds up your boot.
the "default" line under [boot loader] should look like what i have listed.
the only number in () should be 0 except under partition. if you have partitioned your hard drive, the partition number should be whichever partition you have installed the OS on..normally the first partition.
after you have done your changes, save the file, right click on boot.ini again and check the "read only" box. if you have questions, copy and paste what is in your boot.ini and i will post corrected boot.ini which you can just copy and paste onto your boot.ini file.
you can also change the "timeout" if you go to start > run > msconfig, go to boot.ini tab and in bottom right you can change the timeout value. you can also check all boot paths, but since you already have done this while booting up, it isn't necessary. you know which boot string is bad.