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I just installed Windows 7 over win xp. I deleted my windows.old folder and emptied it from the recycle bin but I still get older version of windows and a windows xp pro setup options in the boot menu.

I searched my computer using windows search for a boot.ini file but it did not find anything.

If I were to somehow securely delete my free space (some utility that wrote 0s) would that get rid of it.

Any advice? Thank you.

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The issue of Windows XP showing in your boot menu is not one of your computer still thinking the files are there - there is an entry in your BCD (Boot Configuration Data) store pointing towards the now-gone Windows XP install. – Jared Harley Aug 28 '09 at 3:45
And I would edit my bcd through the command line since BCDEdit does not display this entry? I'll have to look into the command line config a bit more before I attempt anything because I am not completely competent with the CL. – CT. Aug 28 '09 at 3:54
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Use bcdedit from the command line as Administrator to modify boot options. Here is a list of the options:

You can also use EasyBCD.

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I've used EasyBCD with much success before. Simple and easy to use. – Jared Harley Aug 28 '09 at 3:43
Thank you. Using BCD I was able to remove the earlier version of windows option. Unfortunately Windows XP Pro Setup option still exists. Any advice? – CT. Aug 28 '09 at 3:44
It does not list Windows XP Pro Setup anywhere in EasyBCD – CT. Aug 28 '09 at 3:45
If you type bcdedit from the command line, what does it display? – hanleyp Aug 28 '09 at 4:00
bcedit is not recongnized as an internal or external command, operable program, or batch file – CT. Aug 28 '09 at 4:04

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