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I have an older emachines laptop that now boots to the recovery partition (d) instead of the partition that the real windows installation is on (c). I have tried rewriting the boot.ini and doing fixmbr and fixboot but the computer still insists on booting to the recovery partition which has very little functionality. Please help!

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Hi Jaan,

You have to enter into BIOS and check the boot partitions that is set during the system boot process.

It must have set the D as default partition to boot. That needs to be changed to C.


Posted on Jun 06, 2010

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  • Mohammed Rizwan
    Mohammed Rizwan Jun 06, 2010


    Also please paste the boot.ini content here

    Steps to access boot.ini file

    1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.-or-Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.

    2. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.

    3. Under System Startup, click Edit.


  • jaanspach Jun 06, 2010

    Thanks for replying.

    I tried changing the BIOS order but that doesn't help. There is only one harddrive listed on the BIOS and no partition choices.

    My boot.ini looks like this:
    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
    Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP New" /fastdetect

    I always end up having to use the "New" one to get into the computer at all but it puts me in D. I should also mention that when I boot using the cd and get the recovery console, it shows me three installations of windows (1) c:windows (2) c: minint (3) d:windows.

    Any ideas?

  • Mohammed Rizwan
    Mohammed Rizwan Jun 06, 2010

    Try modifying the boot.ini file as below (excluding the seconday boot option)

    [boot loader]



    [operating systems]

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

  • jaanspach Jun 06, 2010

    Putting in exactly what you wrote (including "parition 1") sends me directly into the partial windows installation on the D: partition.

  • jaanspach Jun 06, 2010

    Also I should note that D shows up as the (system) partition when I look at disk management.

  • Mohammed Rizwan
    Mohammed Rizwan Jun 06, 2010

    In past, did you try the FIXMBR and FIXBOOT using recovery partition or windows CD? if you have windows CD; boot the computer on disc and please run these two commands.

  • jaanspach Jun 06, 2010

    I did try both of those before using a windows CD. The problem is that when I boot from the CD into the recovery console the screen brings up three seperate installations of windows.

    1: C:\WINDOWS (the one i think is the correct one)
    2: C:\MiniNT (no idea where this came from)
    3: D:\WINDOWS (the one it keeps booting into now)

  • jaanspach Jun 06, 2010

    I tried this in recovery console:



    COPY F:\I386\NTLDR C:\ (here F: refers to your cd rom)


    BOOTCFG /rebuild

    But when I actually boot I end up in D: instead of C even though thats where I wrote everthing to...

  • jaanspach Jun 06, 2010

    I just typed in bootcfg /list and the response I got was that the os location is d:/windows. How do I change that?

  • Mohammed Rizwan
    Mohammed Rizwan Jun 06, 2010

    1. Click Start, and then click Run.

    2. In the Open text box, type cmd.

    3. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /?.

    4. The help and parameters for BOOTCFG.exe will display.

    At the command prompt, type:
    bootcfg /default /ID#Where # specifies the boot entry id in the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file to be made the default operating system.

  • jaanspach Jun 06, 2010

    I see what you are saying, the problem is that in my bootcfg list there is only one operating system listed and it says its located on the D: partition. Should I just wipe the partitions and start over?

  • Mohammed Rizwan
    Mohammed Rizwan Jun 06, 2010

    Before we format; You can try changing the drive letter of the partition D using Disk Management to a different drive letter and check if it takes C on boot.


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