Windows Legacy OS forum


Clarify the boot sequence in Windows XP?

by eddiejoepopcorn / April 13, 2013 5:53 AM PDT

This is my first time using cnet forums, and not everything is clear to me yet, such as where is the search function? Searching is the only effective alternative to spending (hours) reading through posted headers and messages. (I have sent a message to the system operators on this, so please don't answer it here.)

OK, on with it. I am using Windows XP, service pack 3. I have to start with a general description of my system, which I will keep as brief as possible. I started with XP installed on the primary disk (disk 1), and later installed Ubuntu Linux on the secondary disk (disk 2). After that, I installed Windows 7 on disk 2, using the standard procedure from the install disk. So far, everything is hunky dory. I can change the bios to boot first from either disk 1 or disk 2; currently, it's booting from disk 1.

Now, if I boot from disk 2, it goes straight into Ubuntu Linux. No big problem there. When I boot from disk 1, the boot manager gives me the following two choices, listed from top to bottom: a) Older operating systems, and b) Windows 7, with choice b) being the default. Here's the active content of the boot.ini file:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"

This, as far as I can make out, is what governed the boot process BEFORE I installed Windows 7 on disk 2, since it contains no mention of the alternate login. My guess is that the Windows 7 installer modified the boot process somehow on disk 1 to make Windows 7 the default (timeout) operating system. The question is, where and how? What I want to do is re-format disk2, after removing any partitions it may have on it, but I want first to gain complete understanding and control over the boot sequence on disk 1. And that, dear reader, is my question.

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Clarify the boot sequence in Windows XP?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Clarify the boot sequence in Windows XP?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Clarification Request
"gain complete understanding and control over the boot seque
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 13, 2013 6:06 AM PDT

"gain complete understanding and control over the boot sequence"

Sadly this is unlikely to fit into any reply here. There are many articles on the internet to read and a lot of knowledge required to reach your stated goal.

Would it suffice to discuss possible solutions such as a boot manager?

-> About the search. It's at the top of the page and before you ask, it's not that good.

Collapse -
Sound advice on boot sequences

You are quite right to suggest that I do more research than I already have, and I will close this item out and follow your advice. Incidentally, I found the Search window right at the top, staring me in the face! And you are right, it's not as good as it could be. Thanks for your input.

Collapse -
Sound advice on boot manager

Oops. I thought I had posted a reply, but then clicked Close, and lost it. Anyway, thanks for the good advice. I will do more research, and close this item out if I can figure out how. Also, I found the Search box, staring me in the face!

Collapse -
If you want to discuss boot managers
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 14, 2013 1:36 PM PDT

That's one thing but to dive into how the actual process works is something they cover in a semester or longer after the computer science basic courses. A little deep but many don't need to go that deep and use one of the many boot managers.

To make this extremely hard the new UEFI BIOS is going to wipe out what you learned and you get to start over.

Collapse -
by eddiejoepopcorn / April 16, 2013 3:42 AM PDT

Thanks for the heads up!

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Big screens for the big game

Still looking for the best TV deals ahead of Sunday's game? Here are our top three big screen picks.