XP-Pro Boot.ini question / help needed.

Mike Lynch - Jun 30, 2010 at 07:59 AM
closeup22 Posts 8923 Registration date Friday May 15, 2009 Status Member Last seen October 7, 2010 - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Mike Lynch Jun 30, 2010 3:07am BST
The following is my Systems Boot.ini file:

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /FASTDETECT /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN

When I Boot, I get a choice between "an older version of Windows" or Vista.

I only have Windows XP-Pro remaining of a Dual Boot System that had XP-Pro and Vista Ultimate.

To Boot into the remaining XP-Pro, I need to Arrow Up and hit Enter.

If I don't, I go into a Screen that basically says it cannot find Vista because it is no longer there.

Can someone help me modify the Boot.ini above so the System just goes into XP-Pro?

Best regards,

Mike Lynch

2 responses

jack4rall Posts 6428 Registration date Sunday June 6, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen July 16, 2020
Jun 30, 2010 at 09:41 AM

Vista no longer uses boot.ini to store boot information.

try this 1

1) Boot into your windows xp.

2) Place the vista DVD in the drive and Click on start ---> Run ---> type

G:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force

(Note : Here is assume that G is your DVD drive letter, if not replace with your

dvd drive letter.)

3) Restart your computer and now you can notice that boot selection menu is


4) Delete these two files "Boot.BAK & Bootsect.BAK" on your xp drive root folder.

5) Restart your PC.

6) Now you can format and merge the partition using partion tools.


Try this 1

1)Place the windows xp cd and boot from it.

2) When you find a window with "Window Recovery Console " press R

3) Select the drive number where Windows XP is installed. Mostly it will be "1".

Just enter 1 ---> press enter --->type administrator password.

4) Then enter these commands

fixmbr and press enter.

When it asks you that "Are you sure you want to write a new MBR" press y to

confirm it.

5) Then type this command

fixboot and press enter.

When it asks for confirmation press y.
closeup22 Posts 8923 Registration date Friday May 15, 2009 Status Member Last seen October 7, 2010 2,099
Jun 30, 2010 at 10:16 AM
Hi there,

The link below will be useful heloing you i=on the actual issue: