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My computer won't boot to second operating system.I have 2 OS and can't select the one I want to boot to. Please help..

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Most OS require that as you install them you select how / where you install.

If you selected the same directory as your first installation then you will not be given an OS boot option.

For dual OS it is normal to select a second drive as the location.

If you had two OS before and they were working fine then you may have corrupted the boot loader in some way.

Knowing which two OS's you have may have been useful as Linux brings new challenges to the table.

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  • Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
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  • Select the Display list of operating systems for check box, and then type the number of seconds for which you want the list displayed before the default operating system starts automatically.

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If under various circumstances you had to install a second Windows OS on the same system, you should have already met the dual boot option. It will pop up before booting the system permitting the user to select which OS will boot.

Boot.ini, the house of the dual boot option Boot.ini is a system file found in the system root. Because it has a major importance for the booting process.so we have to edit this boot.ini file to remove multiboot popups.

How to edit Boot.ini

1.Go to Start Click on Run
2.Type msconfig.

Once the system configuration window pops up, you will notice that Boot.ini has its own tab. Select that tab and where you see "timeout," set it to a lower or higher value. Remove/Add Operating Systems in the dual boot menuThis is the main issue.

Step 1:Right click on My Computer icon and select Properties.

Step 2:From the properties window go to Advanced > Startup and Recovery > Settings.

Here, you can both edit the timeout value and modify the Boot.ini file by clicking Edit. If you remove the second operating system from Boot.ini, the dual boot option won't appear before booting.

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The problem can be solved easily if the second operating system was a windows based operating system.If it was a windows operating ,the following steps will give you a solution
In order to regain the boot path for old operating system
follow the following steps
1.Insert the Microsoft windows xp installation cd into a cd drive and boot the computer from the cd
2.In the microsoft setup page select the option of R ie recovery console
3.Select the operating system in the recovery console by selecting the operating system NO eg 1 and type the administrator password
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It sounds like the computer is asking what operating system it should boot into. You can remove the choices all together and have it default to which ever one you want. Now to actually do this depends on what OS your running.
XP:
  1. Right click "My Computer" and choose Properties.
  2. Click on the "Advanced" tab
  3. Click on the "Settings" button listed under "Startup and Recovery"
  4. Select the Default Operating System: from the drop down. - this is the OS you want to boot by default
  5. Under "System Startup" there is a check box next to "Time to display list of operating systems". Uncheck this box.
  6. Now OK out of "Startup and Recovery" and "System Properties"
Vista:
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Just keep in mind if you select the wrong one then your system will not boot. Just be sure to select the correct entry.

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To resolve this:

1. Click on Start -> Control Panel -> System.

Or, Click on Start, right click on the My Computer option and select the option Properties.

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2. In the System Properties option click on Advance tab.

3. In the Advance, click on Setting option under Startup and Recovery option.

4. Under Startup and Recovery option un-check the boxes:

a. Time to display list of Operating Systems.
b. Time to display list of Recovery options when needed.

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5. Then, Click OK, then Apply and OK in the System Properties window.

6. Restart the Computer.

This should resolve the issue.

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Here is the steps,

1.Turn on your computer.

2.Insert the reinstallation media (Dell Media Direct CD/DVD) into the CD/DVD drive, then restart the computer.

3. press F12 when the bios page comes up and then select CD/DVD drive from the boot menu.

"Option 1" from the menu if you wish to use all of the hard drive for you operating system installation. This is the most common selection and how is your computer was originally shipped to you, unless you specified an operating system partition size at the time you ordered you computer.

"Option 2" to designate a size for your operating system and have a data partition. This allows you to specify a size for the operating system partittion, leaving the remainder, of the hard drive configured as a "data" partition ("D")

4. Once you have prepared the drive and you have returned to the main recovery menu, remove the installation media and replace it with you operating system reinstallation media. Select the option to reboot your computer. If your computer does not automatically start the media, press <F12> to access the boot menu and select the Cd/DVD boot option.

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Hey sorry about your pc sir..

OK first let me explain to you the problem you are having and the various ways we can solve it ..

ok the reason some of the files were removed is cause they were infected..
The cd you have is windows Xp, but during windows updates you updated with service pack 2, so obiously the system will ask for windpws xp cd with service pack 2,, (MICROSOFT BUGS :( )

now you have a mbr with 2 operating systems. cause the main mbr is non functionaly a secondary oe was created leaving your current file system intact, but with the bad effects of having 2 operating systems on the same partation.. hence slow sloppy behaviour..

we can remove boot sector and rewrite mbr to remove the bad operating system but that would not help the speed..

Here is what i believe is your best solution and the one i recommend..

1.) BURN all your important data to a dvd or cd so you wont loose it

2.) Boot off the the windows xp cd.

3.) delete the entire partation and format the drive(full format)

4.) reinstall windows and drivers and software..

NB.. when windows ask if you want to repair select no and install a fres copy,, when it ask if you want to leve the file system intact say no, delete the partation, and it will say unpartationed space, hit enter there and select full format..

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