Please choose which operating system to start: (timer on)

When I start it, I get a black screen with white text, asking me to choose a system to start - and a countdown timer.

I have two identical choices (identical wording - Microsoft Windows XP... for this purpose). By selecting the first load my Windows XP. The second seems to load an earlier version and invite you to select Admin or (other) user. Selection of a user for the second version is not let me go. There is no program or OS this backup. I want to know is, how can all I eliminate the second choice. It causes no problems, I just want it tidy.

I added this to the previous answer;

If you're on sp3 follow these steps:

1. go to start, my computer, local disk, right-click on the boot.ini file, click Properties, ensure the read only checkbox is disabled, if necessary press on apply, ok, ok

2. now, double-click it to open the boot.ini file (should open in Notepad)

3. first of all, go to file, select Save, save it somewhere you can find it as your desktop or in your documents,

then revert to the original and edit it by removing the line:

"multi (0) disk (0) rdisk (0) partition (1) \WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional "/ fastdetect / noexecute = OptIn
Save and close.
Open the file and check to see if it says this:

A simple example of type

[boot loader]
timeout = 30
default = multi (0) disk (0) rdisk (0) partition (1) \WINDOWS
[operating systems]
"multi (0) disk (0) rdisk (0) partition (1) \WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional "/ fastdetect

3. If so close and restart, you should have no possibility to choose that starts now.

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