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    worldpease's Avatar always annoying
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    Im not even shure how to start, but here I go.
    I did a clean install of Xp on one of our computers but somehow, Im almost shure that
    something went wrong.
    To better try to explain my self, I'mm post a picture...


    I don't know, but I seem to remember that in previous times I've done a clean install, there where more than one line when I get to that screen.
    Well, the PC does work fine and all,
    if anything, it only takes unusually long to start.

    I know how dumb this seems (even to me when I read it ),
    but what do you think.

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    If there was another line there, then perhaps it was another partition which may have been lost in the formatting process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worldpease View Post
    Im not even shure how to start, but here I go.
    I did a clean install of Xp on one of our computers but somehow, Im almost shure that
    something went wrong.
    To better try to explain my self, I'mm post a picture...


    I don't know, but I seem to remember that in previous times I've done a clean install, there where more than one line when I get to that screen.
    Well, the PC does work fine and all,
    if anything, it only takes unusually long to start.

    I know how dumb this seems (even to me when I read it ),
    but what do you think.
    Don't take my word for it b/c I very well may be wrong, but the second line, or partition was probably your boot info. It tells the PC what to do before Windows even starts.

    Are you using an OEM Windows disc?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Skizo View Post
    Don't take my word for it b/c I very well may be wrong, but the second line, or partition was probably your boot info. It tells the PC what to do before Windows even starts.

    Are you using an OEM Windows disc?
    Damn... my Boot info . lol.
    and is it bad to erase that?, how can I get it back to how it is suposed to be?
    Coud that be the reason my PC takes like a minute in the 'log in' screen?

    and if by OEM you mean original, the I have to say No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worldpease View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Skizo View Post
    Don't take my word for it b/c I very well may be wrong, but the second line, or partition was probably your boot info. It tells the PC what to do before Windows even starts.

    Are you using an OEM Windows disc?
    Damn... my Boot info . lol.
    and is it bad to erase that?, how can I get it back to how it is suposed to be?
    Coud that be the reason my PC takes like a minute in the 'log in' screen?

    and if by OEM you mean original, the I have to say No.
    If you're able to get to the log-in screen for Windows, then you have not erased the boot info.

    It's a bit off topic but I'll say it anyway. When you turn your PC on, there is a sequence of operations that must occur before Windows even loads. Basically, the boot sequence checks for a few things and then begins the Window startup because it's been told to. Here is a detailed example of the things a computer does before you even see the initial Windows boot screen.

    http://www.pcguide.com/ref/mbsys/bio...equence-c.html



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    If there were 2 partitians prior to this re-install, it may have been the OEM version that was reflected in the second partitian. Sometimes it is there to assist you will a quick way to reset to factory settings. If you are experiencing a delay in the bootup, it is most likely the sequence that it is trying to boot in. For example disc/server/hard drive. It will check in that order, so there will be a delay until it gets to checking your hard drive for the boot info. Had it happen to me last night. LOL I re-installed a driver for the Toshibas tool assist and it allows me to set the priorities in the control panel. Not that any of this helps, just thought it was funny to see this after I was trying to figure it out last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skizo View Post
    Don't take my word for it b/c I very well may be wrong, but the second line, or partition was probably your boot info.
    No.
    The boot.ini is a part of Windows and is located in your primary partition.

    If your PC is a recently manufactured (Dell,etc.) machine, the second partition could have been the "recovery partition" which held the image of your fresh install. These are typically formatted FAT32.

    If not, it was just a regular partition, apparently now missing.
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    What is the big deal if Windows boots?

    Anyway, the second line may have been unpartitioned space. I know I get that a lot, even when I dedicate the whole hard drive to Windows. For some reason, it sees like 70MB of unpartitioned space.


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    just re fdisk the H.D

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