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Windows Questions and Answers - Extra Operating System Choice When Computer Reboots After Reinstall

Kurt writes in with a Windows question

Question:
I recently got the zlob trojan which completely shut me out of the OS and often caused BSOD to appear so I did a clean installation of XP Pro and now I have 3 boot options and not 2. I’m running XP on HDD 1 and the other with server but it seems like I have a ghost drive as it keeps telling me to choose older versions of programs. I’m trying to install yet there should not be any on here. Any ideas on how I can remove the 3 option on boot as all it does is reboot the laptop and if you have any ideas how I can fix this it would be a great help, many thanks.

A. It sounds like a case of the server having the entry for the old Windows XP installation in the boot.ini file. The boot.ini file tells the computer what operating systems you have installed and gives you the option of which one to boot from. I would boot into your server version of Windows and edit the boot.ini file and delete the old XP entry. The easiest way to do this is to right click My Computer and choose Properties. Then go to the Advanced tab and click on Settings under Startup and Recovery. There will be an edit button that will open the boot.ini file in notepad and allow you to delete the old XP entry. From here you can also change how long before the computer starts the default OS on its own and which OS will be the default.

 

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