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At the 1st prompt I get a choice of:

  • WinXP
  • another OS (now defunct)
  • Win Recovery

If I select WinXP, I get a 2nd prompt with a choice of:

  • WinXP
  • Win Recovery

If I select WinXP at the 2nd prompt, then WinXP boots normally.

My question is: Where is the boot.ini for the 1st prompt? I can see the boot.ini for the 2nd prompt, on the root path of the booted WinXP. The booted drive has 2 partitions: WinXP (with the 2nd boot.ini), and a Windows swap partition. I can't see a boot.ini in the swap partition (using dir /a:h)

The boot.ini within XP is:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
c:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /CMDCONS

This matches the 2nd prompt.

And I only just noticed that the 1st prompt is titled "Windows Boot Menu", but the 2nd prompt (matching boot.ini) has no title.

Is the 1st prompt coming from the MBR?

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What is displayed in the OS list within XP? – Karan Jul 2 '13 at 20:47

Try using EasyBCD to rebuild the MBR bootloader. I have this problem with my desktop, that loads first GRUB and then Windows bootloader with the same options, but I don't really care about that. EasyBCD might help.

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