I have an old PC that runs WinME and I thought I'd try loading XP onto the 2nd hard disk. It wouldn't complete the installation due to hardware or bios issues (can't remember what the message said); so I reformatted the 2nd disk. However when it boots now I see a screen to pick an operating system (ME or XP) with about 3 seconds to make the choice and the default is set to XP which obviously generates an error. How can I get rid of this dual boot option?
First Control Panel~System~Advanced~Start-up/Recovery. In the Default Operating Window edit out XP line or leave it and increase the 'Time to Display Operating System' to 30secs or so.Then this will give you plenty of time to choose ME and get the kettle on.
What has happened is XP has over wrtten the boot record in Windows 98, so try this; boot your PC with a Win98 boot floppy or CD and when the dos prompt A:\ appears, type in sys C: and press ENTER. This will write new Win98 boot information to your C: which XP might have overwritten.
using a windows98SE startup floppy disk, at the menu choose command prompt "shift + F5" and once at the prompt A:> type
press return, after one or two seconds the prompt will return, remove the disk and reboot, your problem will be gone.
however, as for the second drive you wont be able to setup a dual boot with win98 as the XP is on drive C: and you should have installed the oldest version on drive C, then xp on drive D:, xp would then create a dual boot bootloader. there was another thread about this not long ago and no-one seemed to have a good answer except doing a full format and re-install of all partitions. probably something you want to avoid.
anyway, the method outlined at the top will at least rid you of the faulty bootloder.
Try loading Xp onto the second drive again.You can leave it as slave.In the bios Disable IDE master ID0.If XP installs ,in the Boot Order then set 1st device to ID1. Reverse this process to get back to ME system.This way means you will not get dual boot problems and you wont have to change cables and jumpers.
You need to download the tenth file from top click here and yes it is a Win98se OEM boot disc. after you download put a clean Floppy in drive and double click the download, this will make a boot disc. Start computer with the above disc choose start without CD Rom support, it will go to A:\> then type FDISK/MBR and poress Enter and reboot