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    WIN XP or WINDOWS at startup (WIN XP Home)

    A friend's hard drive crashed - Dell arranged for a tech to install a replacement. The tech switched hard drives and then began the installation of WIN XP Home edition but left with instructions on how to finish the installation. When the computer starts now, my friend has the choice of WIN XP or Windows - even though he does not have a dual boot setup. I clicked on the WINDOWS choice, and the computer went to the C prompt. The WINDOWS XP option takes him to the normal startup process. Is there any way to bypass the startup option and just boot to WIN XP? Also, how does one change the time before the computer will actually startup WIN XP. It is now set to 30 seconds. Thanks for your help.

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    Re: WIN XP or WINDOWS at startup (WIN XP Home)

    Press Windows and Pause/Break keys simultaneously (or, if you prefer, right-click "My Computer" icon and from pop-up menu choose "Properties"), then click "Advanced" tab and under "Startup and Recovery" section "Settings" button.
    Uncheck the first checkbox "Time to display list of operating systems" or, if you wish, set time to 1 or 2 seconds.

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    Re: WIN XP or WINDOWS at startup (WIN XP Home)

    You need to edit the BOOT.INI file. It lives in the root of the C: drive and is a hidden file, so you won't see it unless you have it turned on. You can edit this file in Notepad, or alternately run the XP version of MSCONFIG.

    Either route you go, you will see lines in the BOOT.INI that resemble something like this:

    <pre>[boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINXP
    [operating systems]
    c:bootsect.dos="WINDOWS"
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINXP="WinXP" /fastdetect</pre>

    <big>AFTER</big> you make a backup copy of that file, remove the line that refers to bootsect.dos. While you're editing it, a timeout of "0" will remove the boot loader screen.

    If you simply want to remove the time-out period and select the default, follow the instructions in Kaplin's post.
    -Mark

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