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Still getting OS selection screen after clean install of Win2k on Win98 machines -- how can I get th

We are installing Windows 2000 on our Windows 98 machines, by performing a "clean install," not the upgrade. We are also converting our file system to NTFS. After the install, I am still getting the OS selection screen during boot up. The selections being Win98 and Win2k -- if I select the Win98, the system hangs because it is gone. How do I get the system to boot directly to Win2k? Do I have to wipe the hard drive prior to install?

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You will need to edit the boot.ini file in the c: folder. You can script this fairly easily and make it part of the installation process if you are using an automated method for installation. The boot.ini file looks like this:
 [boot loader] timeout=0 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Your file will contain entries for DOS, which translate to Windows 98. Just delete the lines. Make sure that the default= points to the Windows 2000 installation prior to restarting. You may also wish to change the default timeout to 0 as I have done here.

This was first published in July 2002

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