Incomplete EasyBCD Uninstall

#1
I'm fairly familiar with the Windows booting process and the role of boot.ini. I installed EasyBCD to evaluate its possible use and then uninstalled it. However, I've since been plagued by a rogue EasyBCD choice menu at startup and cannot get rid of it. What other files need to be removed so that Windows only uses native boot processes and files?
 

Terry60

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#2
EasyBCD does not have a start menu. It's not a boot manager.
It merely manages the contents of the MS BCD (Vista onwards functional replacement of boot.ini) and has no application in an XP-only environment.
Can you post a screenshot of what you're seeing.
 
#3
Thank you for your helpful advice. Although I am very familiar with the Windows XP boot process, I now realise that I didn't understand Windows !0 which is different! Can I boot Windows 10 from an entry in boot.ini in Windows XP, or do I always have to boot Windows 10 from a Windows BCD entry? I can boot Windows XP from a Windows 10 BCD entry.
 

Terry60

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#4
You can't boot anything later than XP from boot.ini.
In fact you can't boot any newer windows from any older.
There's complete backward compatibility, e.g. W10 can boot W8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, but each generation of bootmgr only knows the digital signatures of earlier winload.exe generations (how can it know future dig-sigs ?), so dual-booting W8/10 cannot be done from W8, only W10.