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    When windows starts, it shows two windows XP Home Edition

    I have windows 98 SE and windows xp Home edition installed on my computer. I formatted the drive that had xp on it and reinstalled windows xp. Now when windows starts up,i get two windows xp Home Edition names on the opening screen. I want to delete one of them.Kindly guide me in doing the same.



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    Re: When windows starts, it shows two windows XP Home Edition

    Since you had a dual-boot system, we assume that you had windows 98 SE on the C drive and windows xp home on,say the D drive. A dual-boot system such as yours uses the windows XP boot loader to boot.This is located on the c drive, and there is also the "boot.ini" file,which resides in the root of this drive. The various operating systems that are installed and into which the system can boot are listed in this file. When you reinstalled windows XP over your previous installation,though the D drive was formatted,the C drive retained all its files,including boot.ini. This file is updated every time you install a new OS and an entry for this OS is made. This file must be edited to correctly display just one instance of winsows xp Home edition in the boot menu.To edit "boot.ini",go to control panel>>System.Click on the "Advanced" tab. Under the "Startup and recovery" section,click on "Settings".Now under "System Startup" click "Edit". It will open the boot.ini in default text editor mode and you would be able to see following text:
    [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 Home Edition" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="MICRO SOFT Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
    C:\="Windows"
    As you can see,there is duplicate entry for windows xp Home edition under the [Operating Systems] section.Just delete one of these two lines and save the file. However take a backup of boot.ini file before doing this.
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