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Old 10-19-2005, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I initiate bootup it says briefly upon starting something to the effect of invalid boot.ini file booting from c:/windows. what exactly does that mean and is it something that needs to be fixed?? anyone, anyone?
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Does it boot normally after seeing that message.

the boot.ini file is very important. After POST it tells BIOS where to find the operating system or operating systems if you have more then 1 on a separte partition.

Itd be a good thing not to have that message though.
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This is what the boot.ini should look like with one OS on it


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


Go to start, run, type msconfig. Do you see the boot.ini file? If you dont, you need to rebuild it.
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The fastest way will be to do a repair with your XP cd.
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Go to start, run, type msconfig. Do you see the boot.ini file? If you dont, you need to rebuild it.
There are several tabs, Warez: General, System.INI, Win.INI, Services, and Startup. No boot.INI. though. And, I have to say, and Im sorry for my ignorance, I dont really know what you mean by saying, "you have to rebuild it."
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building boot.ini is not hard, you have to understand the code.

look at this:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW
S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

all you have to change is the partition no, if you have a c drive, you don't change anything.

for more help, go to http://www.geocities.com/thestarman3...br/bootini.htm
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http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;323427

after putting this thing into notepad, save as boot.ini.
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I think the only way around this is to do a repair. I have the missing tab also.
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OK, I got it figured out

Make a file called it boot.tmp Open it with notepad and use this.
[boot loader]
timeout=1
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
save the file to a bootable floppy.

Get a boot disk http://bootdisk.com

Boot to dos. at the A:\> type:

copy boot.tmp c:\
attrib -s-h-r boot.ini
rename boot.ini boot.bak
rename boot.tmp boot.ini
attrib +s+h+r


Remove floppy, then reboot machine.
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I will proceed with said directions and keep you guys updated
thanks, as always.
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was that supposed to be a link, Warez?
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