XP installation went wrong, now whenever i boot up it asks for the boot disk

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by joesenior91, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. joesenior91 macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2007
    Hi There
    I attempted to install XP on my mac using bot camp a couple of weeks ago, purely for something to do and maybe have a mess about on some games and the like, so i grabbed a copy i had lying from my old computer, started boot camp setup thing and off i went.

    I got half way through the installation when i was told i needed another disk or something so i though forget this, waste of time anyway. So i went back to OS X and deleted the partition i'd created for it and all was well.

    But when i turned my mac back on i got a blck screen with 'Please insert boot disk' in the traditional, hideous XP setup font i'd come to hate so dearly. To get into OS X i have to turn the mac off and on again and then hold the function key to select the Mac HDD. even though it's the only option there.

    Is there anyway i can completely remove the semi windows installation it appears i have even though i've deleted it's partition. Erasing free space doesn't seem to work. Obviously i could wipe the disk and start again, and even though i probably should as i have a lot of stuff i don't use on here, it's too much hassle really. any suggestions?

    cheers, Joe
  2. dannyminick macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008
    re: help

    go to Sys Pref, Startup Disk, and click Macintosh HD, restart.

  3. joesenior91 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2007
  4. Amber macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2006
    This happened to me so much. Evertime I've put XP on I've forgotten how I did it.

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