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two boot system - how to delete old one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#1
I had a failure of some sort that caused the system to fail to reboot. I booted the system from the Vista CD and performed a repair. Now, I am prompted to choose the Operating System in the in the Boot Manager. I now have 2 files, Windows Vista Home and Windows Vista (tm) Home Premium (recovered). If I choose the NON-recovered file the machine will not boot. If I choose the (recovered) file the machine boots and operates fine. I went to System maintenance and changed the default boot system to the (recovered) file. Now, when I reboot it still goes to the Boot Manager screen and waits a while before it finally boots to the (recovered) file.

I would like to repair this machine to the way it used to work and not have the machine go thru the boot manager screen. How can I remove the defective one that is the previous safely and return system to normal state with recovered one?
 

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richc46

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#2

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    Dell XPS420
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    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
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    Fan
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    Dell USB 4 button optical
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Manyenya

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#3
Hi try this:
1. Boot into a working operating system.
2. On search bar type 'msconfig' and run as admin
3. From window appearing select 'boot' tab. Your two bootup os are listed.
4. Select the other OS to be removed and click on delete and restart your system
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP d530 SFF
    CPU
    Intel p4 3.00ghz, 2.99ghz with Hyperthreading
    Motherboard
    HP d530 SFF
    Memory
    1 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel i865g, 96mb
    Sound Card
    Soundmax
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 1940 TFT monitor
    Screen Resolution
    60hz
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital Cavier Blue 320gb IDE HD
    PSU
    Compaq
    Case
    HP compaq
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    HP Optical Mouse
    Keyboard
    Techcom USB keyboard
    Internet Speed
    256kbs

Lottiemansion

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP-Pavilion m9280.uk-a
    CPU
    2.30 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core
    Motherboard
    ASUSTek Computer INC. NARRA3 3.02
    Memory
    3582 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory (4 Gig)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS NVIDIA Geforce GTS450
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition 7.1 Audio (HP drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w2408 24.0" (Dual monitor)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1200, 1920 * 1200
    Hard Drives
    3*500 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    Plus 2x USB (160Gig each) external HDD
    BluRay & DVD Weiters
    HL-DT-ST BD-RE GGW-H20L SCSI CdRom (Bluray RW) Device
    AlViDrv BDDVDROM SCSI CdRom (Blueray) Device
    TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653N SCSI CdRom
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    40 Meg
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#5
So its my third time. I formatted my drive and boot again from Dell DVD.
Everytime i start connecting to internet, more than 100 updates it showed up and i installed all. THAT COULD BE THE RESEAON WHY I HAVE THE BOOT PROBLEM, IT is the microsoft update....AS SOON AS I INSTALL IT , laptop cannot boot again....OMG!!! ridiculous..
SO this time I have make the automatic update OFF...now I am successfully able to Boot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am very scared to install update...
What to do ...how to find the update which is creating problem.........!!!!
HELP
 

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richc46

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#6
I dont think that an update could cause the problem. It might make the problem known.
Download and run windirstat, lets see what on that drive, now.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

If you only have one drive or several that can be explained. Download a few updates at at time. Before each time you update make a system restore point. Then test the update, of no problem, add a few more after another restore point.
If the update is a problem, remove the update with the System restore and slowly install the others using the same method.
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76905-system-restore-how.html
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
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#7
Thank u Rich...
Safari and jet audio and windows update - these three only I had installed it before...
As you know there were more than 100 updates, It is techniqually bit difficult to begin installing one by one...on the top of that i am so scared to install update, thinking that at least now without any update and any program installed, i can boot the system perfectly well, but don't know for sure...what is the cause of reboot failure.
But safari or jet audio could be other possibilty for reboot failure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BUT STILL don;t know..
any way I am going to start Downloading and running windirstat....
 

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richc46

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#8
If you can, download at least the SPs. You should be SP2
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
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richc46

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One thing at a time. Look at windirstat. Do you recognize all the drives. Are they suppose to be there?
Do you understand basically, what is on each drive?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
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#11
As you know, I have not installed anything in the laptop. So basically i am seeing the same.... but as far as about Extension, i am not familiar with.
Is there anything particulary i have to see...I mean on any particular file I have to watch carefully?
 

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richc46

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#12
Give me a screen shot of Windirstat.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

richc46

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#15
If computer is working the way you want, why change it?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
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#16
Hi Rich..
Yes computer is working is working perfectly...but without installing any program and any updates..
sooner or later i need to update or install other program...right?
but installing update or or other programs distroy the booting system...
still i m confused what is the program that is destroying my system...
I need yr suggestion....
 

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richc46

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#17
If you have a little patience, you are in good shape. Install slowly one or two at at time, then test. If all works well, try the next.
If the problem happened suddenly, its probably an update or a program that you installed about the time the problem began. Install the SPs first. SP1 and then test, if ok, install SP2. If ok just install the updates that were issued a month before the isssue of SP2 and later. The others are included in the SPs. Do it slowly, one or two at at time and test. Thats all tha you can do.
It is not as bad as it seems. Before you begin to use the computer install a few. When done a few more. It will get done.
To refine the method a bit. The problem SP is the one that was issued about the time that the problem began.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

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