how to clean up the mbr in a dual boot config.

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how to clean up the mbr in a dual boot config.

Postby len444 » Sun Oct 06, 2002 1:38 pm

first i have a win98, and win2kpro dual boot- os's on seperate hdd's- system works ok, but...

:arrow: :?: i installed, then deleted a win2k partition, then redid the format, and install of win 2k- this has placed multiple win2kpro's at the os loading screen (bootloader?)- how do i go about reworking the mbr to delete the multiple win2kpro os options, as they aren't tied to a partition (get an error right after selecting<enter>)????

:arrow: i tried fdisk /mbr- it got rid of linux's grub boot loader, but didn't make a distinction w/ the win2kpro selection (that isn't tied to a partition). i've surfed a bit looking for the referenced articles, w/ no luck so far. any assistance is appreciated!
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Postby rg560 » Sun Oct 06, 2002 3:07 pm

Its not in your MBR, its in "boot.ini" ( hidden file )
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Postby len444 » Sun Oct 06, 2002 3:19 pm

great, making progress.

found this link. i'll need some time to read up on it, and then i'll make an attempt at it:
http://www.labmice.net/Windows2000/install/bootini.htm
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Postby Hardware Junkie » Sun Oct 06, 2002 4:11 pm

i installed, then deleted a win2k partition, then redid the format, and install of win 2k- this has placed multiple win2kpro's at the os loading screen (bootloader?)- how do i go about reworking the mbr to delete the multiple win2kpro os options, as they aren't tied to a partition (get an error right after selecting<enter>)????


The reason your Linux one was whiped was because it was installed to the MBR. Windows 2000 and XP are installed to the partitions...

Your boot ini will look something like this:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=scsi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows

[operating systems]
scsi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows = "Windows XP"
scsi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows = "Windows XP"
scsi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows = "Windows XP"
C:\ = "Windows Operating System"


Just remove one or more multiple entries...
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Postby len444 » Sun Oct 06, 2002 8:58 pm

thanks for your reply HWJ, got it taken care of. :)
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