spike44
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XP problem

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Hi there

I have had some problems geting my laptop to recognise , a second user Hard drive , it had windows XP home edition on it , I decided to install my xp pro sp2 onto it , which it works ok now , but everytime I switch my pc on it comes to a window asking which system do i want run ,xp  home edition or xp pro , how do I get rid of the xp home edition , I thought it would do it when I put my xp pro on it , as anyone got any ideas .

 

cheers

 

spike44

 

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JRosenfeld
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Could you please copy and paste the contents of the boot.ini file It opens in Notepad. It should be in C:\ or you can access it from

Control panel, system applet, Advanced tab, click on settings in the startup and recovery panel, click on Edit. It will open in Notepad.

If you are familiar with the boot.ini contents, you could delete the line in that that refers to XP Home. But be warned, if you delete or change the wrong entries, your PC will not boot at all.

When you installed XP Pro onto the drive that had XP home, did you format the C:\ partition? If not, you could try starting over (but of course back up any personal files and data first, as the format will delete everything.

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Sounds like you did a parallel install of XP, meaning you now have both versions on the hard drive. No easy way to remove one of them, aside from a reformat and clean reinstall.

Run msconfig and click Boot.Ini tab. Click "Check Boot Paths" button and accept the offer to remove the invalid one. If it says they're both valid, you'll have to manually edit the boot.ini file to remove XP home from the boot menu. Be sure to follow the directions carefully.

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spike44
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Hi there Thanks guy's

Sorted , it was not valid so deleted all ok .

 

thanks again

 

spike44

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spike44
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Hi there

 

Sorry I counted my chickens to quick with my reply ,  I rebooted then it come up with the following message .

You have used the System Config Utility to make changes to the way Windows starts  .

The system config utility is currently runing in diagnostic or selective mode , causing this message to be dissplayed  , and the utility to run

every time windows starts .

Choose the normal start up mode on the general tab to start windows normaly and undo the changes you made useing the system config utility .

spike44

 

 

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spike44
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Hi again

 

just a bit more info , when i click on the ,check all boot paths , it shows partition (1) xp pro and partition (2) xp home .

 

cheers

 

spike44

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spike44
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Hi there

Sorted I deleted the line in the edit boot.ini with notepad and whala done .

 

thanks guy's for all your help .

 

cheers

 

spike44

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JRosenfeld
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Hi there

 

Sorry I counted my chickens to quick with my reply ,  I rebooted then it come up with the following message .

You have used the System Config Utility to make changes to the way Windows starts  .

The system config utility is currently runing in diagnostic or selective mode , causing this message to be dissplayed  , and the utility to run

every time windows starts .

Choose the normal start up mode on the general tab to start windows normaly and undo the changes you made useing the system config utility .

spike44 

 

 

 

For your information, when you make a change using msconfig, next time you boot you get that message. That is to allow you to undo the changers if you wish. If you are satisfied, check the box at the bottojm of that message window. Next time you restart, it won't show up.

Precision Tower 5810, Quadcore Intel Xeon E5-1630 v3, 3700 MHz
RAM:16 GB PC6400 DDR4 SDRAM 1066MHz
HDD: 2x ATA  ST500DM002-1BD14 500GB SATA non RAID
DVD:HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GTA0N SCSI and PLDS DVD+-RW DH-16AES SCSI
Video: nVIDIA Quadro K4200 PCIe 4GB
Audio: Recon3D PCIe, Altec Lansing ADA995 5.1 speakers
Monitor: Dell E2011H

7.1 pro sp1 64 bit

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