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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Controlling Startup Using Boot.ini

If your system can boot to one or more operating systems other than Windows XP, you’ll see the OS Choices menu at startup, which will be similar to the following:

Please select the operating system to start:

     Microsoft Windows XP Professional
     Microsoft Windows

Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.
Press ENTER to choose.
Seconds until highlighted choice will be started automatically: 30

If you do nothing at this point, Windows XP will boot automatically after 30 seconds. Otherwise, you select the operating system you want and then press Enter to boot it.

The specifics of the OS Choices menu are determined by a hidden text file named Boot.ini, which resides in the root folder of your ...

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