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Multiple Boot Options?

When I boot, I receive two options - "Windows XP Media Center Edition" and "Microsoft Recovery Console" as my boot-up choices. Media Center is automatically selected, but it wastes three seconds of my boot-up time (and it matters).

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  • Larry212 Jun 04, 2008

    That was a really fast response, thank you very much. It did the trick!


  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2008

    Since being "fixed" by the Geek Squad, my computer boots with a requirement for choosing one of 2 obtions, in two screen successions:

    "Boot MRI PE ..."

    "Client OS" (I have to choose this one, quickly)

    Then:

    "windows default"

    "windows default" (I have to move the arrow up to the first one, quickly)



    How can I make the system boot directly to XP again??

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Also reinstalling win from win should do the trick too.. dont do a clean install, just reinstall. It will keep your settings and the boot record will be rewritten.

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The problem is you've probably taken your computer to the GeekSquad recently and they forgot to uninstall their diagnostics program (which they set to the default boot program, it changes the BCD or boot.ini depending on the OS). All you have to do is take it back to Best Buy and they should remove the program free of charge.

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Start> right click on My Computer and select properties. Click the advanced tab. Under start up and recovery click settings. Uncheck the box labled Time to display list of operating systems. Reboot, all done.

Posted on Jun 04, 2008

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