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When I upgraded my laptop harddrive I at first attempted to restore the OS via ISO backup (which didn’t work) so I re-installed the OS via USB>DVD
Probelm is that now I’ve got a boot menu that pops up with
XP 1 is the correct OS, and boots fine
XP2 is my old OS (overwritten) and doesn’t boot (bad.dll’s)
Eventually I want to update my second partition to Linux, so in the meantime I want to clean up my boot menu, I once used an excellent Boot manager that allowed you to change the OS boot menu order, timeout countdown and also OS choices, but I cant remember what its called, and google comes up with nothing similar, a bit surreal.
Can anyone reccomend a good’un?
I don’t have any software suggestions for you, but if you just want to get rid of that second boot option, you can adjust settings by doing the following:
Click Start –> Run. Type msconfig and hit OK.
Go to the Boot tab. Your multiple OSs should be listed along with the option to delete unnecessary ones.
Apologies if this is basic stuff you’re already aware of. 🙂
one good dedicated bootloader i’ve used is Acronis OS Selector.
it comes bundled with their disk director suite.
I usually use “Grub” as a boot manager for Linux/Windows system.. Maybe are you looking for this??
Another famous boot manager for Linux/Windows is LILO…
There are a lot of commercial software for boot manager… search in google with “boot manager” and get a lot of results…
Not sure if this is what you want, but if you install a Linux distribution it will most likely install the GRUB boot loader which can be customised in the way you want.
Edit: Beaten to it.
LILO!!!!! thats the wee beast.
Thanks, I’ve already gone the MSConfig route, but I want ot adjust the countdown too. Thanks for all help.
Personally I’d wait and install whichever boot loader comes with your Linux distribution rather than installing the LILO boot loader, which has for the most part been replaced as the default Linux boot loader by GRUB.
GRUB lets you reorder/add to/remove from the boot menu, timeout, default OS, theme, netboot etc…
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