I would appreciate guidance in correcting the current XP boot.ini, a copy of the current boot file is attached as a pdf. The only OS on the system is XP Home and my objective is to boot directly into XP, witout options. I have been using your EasyBCD in Vista and have been spoiled with the simplicity. If you could help me resolve the XP boot it would be appreciated, TKS,
Your current boot.ini is saying you've got 2 XPs, both home edition, one on the first partition, the other on the second, both on the same disk.
If you make no choice, after 30 seconds it will attempt to boot from the second partition.
Without you saying which partition XP is actually on, obviously I don't know which is the right one.
However if, when you let the boot default, the system comes up succesfully, then the XP is on partition 2 and all you need to do is change the timeout from 30 to 0 and you'll never see the menu again. (You'll get the same effect by deleting the last 2 lines of boot.ini completely and leaving the timeout alone, either way will produce the same result)
If however letting the boot default results in failure, that means XP is on partition 1, and you'll need to delete lines 5 and 6, and change the partition number in the default line from 2 to 1.
Unless you post a screenshot of your disk management, we can't tell from here where your XP is located.
Which one do you select when you boot ?
That's why I gave the instructions in the last post for either one being correct.
If you boot and take no action, after 30 seconds the system pointed to by the default line will be selected.
If that is successful, then obviously the default choice is the correct one.
If the system fails to boot, then the other one must be correct.
If you make a choice, then the default line is not used at all, but the lines relating to the one you chose are.
If you have a single system, then there should only be one of the 2 entries, and the default line should point to the same partition.
In reply to the last question, no. Don't change anything else in the file, just find which is the right partition.
When you have only one choice in boot.ini, you will not be presented with a menu at all.
If you have several choices, but timeout is 0, then the default line is used immediately without presenting you with a menu.
That's why I gave you 2 alternative ways of removing the boot menu.
In reply to your last question - No. Don't alter anything else, just identify which partition is correct and take one of the two courses of action I outlined before.