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boot.ini file and preferences

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by ekih, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. ekih

    ekih Thread Starter

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    Used winxp repair function, booting from cd.
    Before this I used the file and settings transfer function and saved settings to my hard drive.
    After doing this everything looked normal. I loaded Mcaffe security suite and rebooted, every thing normal. I reloaded all the winxp updates and installed, all 64, everything went normal. Rebooted everything came up as normal. Didn't need to use file and transfer function to put things back. Everything was as before. I checked browser and email functions, all was ok.
    I switched users to set an email account in the other user. Didn't have the info that I needed so shut down the email program. When logging off and going back to the orig user is when I lost all of my settings. I tried using file and transfer function but that was unavailable. My browser, email client, icons on desktop, picture for wallpaper etc. no longer has my preferences.
    When booting one splash screen comes up saying:
    invalid boot.ini record
    booting from c:\windows
    I have tried different system restorals, with no luck.
    Any help?
    thanks
     
  2. daddyhominum

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    I am not clear on where your boot process ends but have you tried booting into safe mode? Perhaps you could edit the boot.ini file from there.
     
  3. ekih

    ekih Thread Starter

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    [boot loader]
    timeout=20
    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

    I looked for my boot.ini file, there wasn't one. I guess that is why I was getting the error message. I loaded the boot.ini file from the repair function in WinXP repair. That is what is above.
    If the computer was still booting why do I need a boot.ini file?

    I still don't know why I lost everything. All the programs are still there and the like.
    My desktop picture has gone as well as the shortcut icons on the desktop.
    The program Mozzila is missing bookmarks and other preferences.
    The program Thunderbird is missing the mail and address book.
    I haven't tried anything else.
     
  4. daddyhominum

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    Now that you are booting successfully, did you check the system restore function to see if you could return to some earlier time when all was well?
     
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