Two Operating Systems on Boot Up

  Evolution 14:25 29 Nov 10


My son's Dell laptop has just had a fresh install of Windows XP Media Edition (SP3) due to some issues he was experiencing.

Now, upon boot up, the machine doesn't enter Windows immediately but instead he is presented with the following:

"Please select the Operating System to start"

Windows XP Media Centre Edition is then listed twice.

He chooses the top entry and all is good. Windows loads very quickly and the issues he previously had have gone.

Choose the second entry and he is advised that:

"windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from selected boot disk"

Now this isn't an issue as the first option works just fine but it's a bit of a pain to either choose this upon boot up or wait for the computer to go through the process itself, if there is no user input.

Can anything be done to overcome this and force the first entry to load every time or is there a way of removing the second entry?



  Evolution 14:42 29 Nov 10


Did a bit of digging and used the bootcfg command, (via command prompt), to delete the second entry.

Worked perfectly!

For info following commands were used:

bootcfg /query (this lists the OS boot settings)

bootcfg /delete / ID 2 (this deletes the entry from the boot settings, where ID 2 is the second OS entry)


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