like a fool i tried to use a software to change my boot up screen, and when it didnt work i uninstalled it. now however, whenever i start up, i get two os choices. this is exactly how the options are given including the brackets: Windows XP(bootscreen) Windows XP and ever since this happened, my system never remmebers that i have the quick launch toolbar set to visible, that my volume levels are set to medium, and i have to keep resetting everytime i start my comp. while not life threatening, it is exceedingly irritating. could someone help please?