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Undo the Dual Boot

Undo the Dual Boot

Have you ever tried to put two different operating systems on your computer, but you either A.) changed your mind or B.) failed for some reason or another? If you have, I bet you have run into something new and possibly confusing when you start your computer up the next time. Am I right?

It will probably go to a new screen. This screen can say a variety of things, all depending on what you tried to install. In the case that it tries to load the wrong thing (the operating system that failed to work), it will tell you about it and ask you to reboot your computer. Once you do, continually press either up or down on the arrow keys. The reason for this being, that it will allow you to select which operating system you want to boot up from.

Be sure to select the working operating system. For me, it was Windows XP, so that is what I will explain. Once you get your working operating system to load, do the following:

Click Start, Run.

Type “msconfig” (without the quotes) in the box and then click OK.

Another window should pop up and look something similar to this:

Next, click on the BOOT.INI tab and a new screen should appear, one that looks like this:

While a lot of the text on this new window may look really confusing, don’t worry too much. The only thing you will need to do on this screen is click “Check All Boot Paths.” Once you have done that, yet another screen will appear. Yours will say something about an operating system being invalid. After you read through what it says, click Yes. Once you exit the System Configuration Utility, you will be asked to restart your computer. Close and save all your work and then proceed with restarting your machine. If it loads up normally, you have fixed the problem. If not, try it again. If this process gives no results, it might be time to give your computer to a specialist.

For those of you that it does work for, your computer should load up the same way it used to, with absolutely no hassle! Just to make sure you did everything correctly though and to ensure that there is nothing else wrong with the boot up, go through the process again: Start, Run, type “msconfig” (without the quotes), click the BOOT.INI tab and then click “Check All Boot Paths.” If everything has worked out, a screen should pop up and say this:

In other words, you have successfully fixed your computer and saved yourself money that you would have spent on a simple fix. Congratulations and hope this tip helps you out!

~ Dylan Essing