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Q.  I recently installed XP professional, decided I did not like it and switched back to Home version of XP. Now upon booting up it always asks me which operating system to use.  Is there a way I can permanently delete Windows XP Professional from the boot menu so It does not prompt me that anymore?  Add/ Remove Programs does not show anything is there to remove

A.  The boot menu that prompts you for which operating system to log into is built based on information in the boot.ini file, which is located in the C:\ directory.  The first thing that you should do, though, is to make a backup of the boot.ini file, just in case something goes wrong while you are trying to go through these steps.

As mentioned previously, the boot.ini file is located in the C:\ directory.  If you cannot see it there from within Windows Explorer, then you will need to make sure that you have set your Folder Options view settings to show hidden files and to not hide protected system files.  If you still do not see the boot.ini file, let me know and I will help you find it.

Click on the Start menu and select the "Run..." option. Type "cmd" and hit enter. In the Command Prompt (DOS) window that comes up, type "bootcfg /query".  This will give you the current boot.ini information.  Make note of the Boot entry ID(s).  Type "bootcfg /delete /ID x", where "x" is replaced with the Boot entry ID for the entry that points to the Windows XP Professional installation that you want to remove.

If anything goes wrong during these steps, replace the boot.ini file with the copy you took of the file at the beginning. Then try the steps again.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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