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invalid boot ini file? What does this mean?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by nastyjones, Jul 26, 2006.

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  1. nastyjones

    nastyjones Thread Starter

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    Every time I start Windows xp I get an error message "invalid boot ini file, booting from "C" windows. The "tech" guy from Staples says it's my old win98 trying to load.
    How do I prevent this??

    Paul
     
  2. Foamer

    Foamer Guest

    It's best to Upgrade Win9X by exploring to XP instalation CD then opening the i386 folder and activating the "winn32.exe" proccess.
    Doing so keeps the installation from confusing itself over whether it's installing an upgrade or a duel boot system and maintains compatabilaty.

    But you can fix the problem.
    You have to edit the boot.ini file.

    First...
    In the "Start" menu... point to "Settings" then click "Control Panel"
    Double click the "System" icon.
    When the System Properties window opens...
    Click the"Advanced" tab.
    Click the "Settings" button on the "Startup and Recovery" section.
    In the new window that pops up...
    Click the "Edit" button.
    Then copy and paste the boot.ini file content here so we can have a look at it.
     
  3. nastyjones

    nastyjones Thread Starter

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    When I follow those instructions & click the edit button a blank box opens up that says boot.ini-notepad. That's all.

    Paul
     
  4. Foamer

    Foamer Guest

    THAT isn't good.
    Witch would indead make it corrupt.

    XP Pro or Home edition?
     
  5. ozrom1e

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  6. Foamer

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    Actually...
    Since there is nothing in the boot.ini file...
    The fix is going to be putting the proper commands into the boot.ini file.

    Go back to the boot.ini file.
    Paste in these commands:

    For XP home...

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect


    For XP Pro...

    [boot loader]
    timeout = 30
    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" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    Select "Save as"... chose "All files" then save it as "boot.ini" if it's not already in the file name area.
    This will overwrite the boot.ini file with the proper commands.

    Reboot and the error should be gone.
     
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