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    I assume you could use partition magic or something of that sort on the Windows side, but I'm not certain.

    If you want to start over, you can boot off an XP CD and off you go. Alt/Option to get the boot menu up in EFI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave323Ci View Post
    Ok so for the moment I'm going to be lazy and keep asking (rather than searching). I originally installed OSX/bootcamp and XP both because I was going to experiment with which I liked better.... but now...I'm going to stick with windows since what I want it to do is working great (except for boot time). Can I remove OSX, and re-size windows partition without doing a total re-install? I tried using... oh I forget.. some windows partition tool and it wouldn't let me re-size the OSX partition.

    Related question.... is the XP only install a different boot process than bootcamp?
    I dont have a mac mini, but my boot time for xp from a cold boot is 27secs. Search youtube and the internet and you will get some video tutorials. There are a few tricks you can do to modify some of the values in the registry.

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    Thanks Guys... I may try a re-install. Got a list of stuff to try now... Hope the many hours I burn trying to speed up my boot are offset by the seconds I gain

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    When I installed xp only on my mini, i got the folder icon with a ? on it for a couple seconds for actually booting windows. I'll have to check again but im pretty sure having osx loaded didnt make things any slower than when i had only xp. I ended up installing osx again to get rid of that folder from showing.
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    that icon shows when the EFI can't find your selected startup disk/partition. It then searches for others and if it finds one it boots from it. If you set the mini to XP as the boot disk then you won't get that icon while it looks for a bootable volume. I suspect you had the startup disk set to OS X before nuking the OS X partition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeonDev View Post
    that icon shows when the EFI can't find your selected startup disk/partition. It then searches for others and if it finds one it boots from it. If you set the mini to XP as the boot disk then you won't get that icon while it looks for a bootable volume. I suspect you had the startup disk set to OS X before nuking the OS X partition.
    Well the thing was, i booted from the windows install disk, nuked the partitions from windows install, then installed windows after. so youre saying if I specify to boot from windows in osx(using that startup selector in the settings menu), then start the windows install over again, nuke ALL the partitions created on the drive, and install windows, I should be able to boot without that folder icon appearing?

    or would it be better to do the boot camp setup, then when you boot into windows setup, nuke all partitions, and proceed with install?
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    honestly I think all you should have to do is boot up with the option key held down then select the XP boot volume and that should effectively change the EFI setting.

    also If you installed windows using boot camp I think apple supplied a "startup disk" program for windows that you can use to set the XP volume as the boot disk
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    hmm. i figured it would do that automatically since the windows partition was the only partition and the previous time i booted, i used "c" to boot from cd. oh well, its in the process of installing windows, ill update if all goes well.
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    the c key just tell the mac to boot from the disk drive; it doesn't actually change your boot disk setting
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    right, but id figure it would have automatically known after it had installed windows.
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