View Full Version : Win 2000 Pro dual boot drama

16-07-2003, 05:56 PM
I have a machine that has Win 2000 and during the boot process it brings up two options - Win 2000 (current OS) and Win 98 (previous OS which has been removed from the hard drive).

Under Windows XP I am aware that this problem can be solved by running MSCONFIG and editing the boot.ini file.

However Windows 2000 does not have MSCONFIG - and I can not locate the boot.ini file.

How do I get rid of the Win 98 option?

16-07-2003, 06:28 PM
You can simply remove the display multple OS's by right clicking My Computer - Properties - Advanced - Startup and Recovery.

Win2k won't allow you to edit the Boot.ini file while it is running. The only way is to boot using a win98 floppy and then at the command prompt type edit c:\boot.ini

This won't work if you have formatted using NTFS.

Not sure if the service packs have made it possible to edit this file or not now but I know you couldn't before.

16-07-2003, 06:28 PM
Quickest and easiest way would be to disable the boot menu so that the PC automatically loads win2k.

Right-click My Computer then select Properties.
Select Advanced tab then Startup & Recovery button.
Make sure the default OS is Windows 2000 and untick the Display list of OS's for ???? seconds.

Restart the PC to test it!

16-07-2003, 06:29 PM
Doohh! Betten to it!

16-07-2003, 06:30 PM

16-07-2003, 06:39 PM
You can edit the boot.ini file now in win2k.
You need to go into any explorer window (thats Windows Explorer NOT internet explorer :)) then goto Tools - Folder Options - View and untick Hide Protected Operating System Files and click Yes to the warning that pops up.
You should now be able to see the boot.ini file in C:\
You might also have to remove the Read Only tick from the properties of the file.

16-07-2003, 06:41 PM
FYI , I have been told that if you have access to XP, copy msconfig file to win2000 machine and works happily.

19-07-2003, 11:12 PM
Thanks to all who replied regarding this. Haven't had much experience with Win2K or XP before but I tell you what - I'm sure learning fast!

19-07-2003, 11:45 PM
Yeah I can relate to that, been there, done that, still learning.