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Missing BOOT.INI

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bob Parks, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. Bob Parks

    Bob Parks Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    After getting my computer back from the repair service I noticed a message "boot.ini invalid." Still the computer boots.

    The BOOT.INI is not merely invalid - it ain't there. In the attached PDF you can see what I see.

    How do I get the file back short of reinstalling Windows XP?

    Thanks,

    Bob
     

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  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    You can create a new one: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000648.htm

    If you know what to put in the file, you can also create a text file named boot.ini and save it in your root directory then use Notepad to edit it. For Windows XP Pro SP2 running on the primary partition of a SATA or IDE drive in a system that has only one drive, this will work:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=10
    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
     
  3. Bob Parks

    Bob Parks Thread Starter

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    Hi Frank,
    I guess I'm in for another repair bill. This machine has mirror RAID, partitioned drives and probably other features I don't know. Obviously not a task for a person with my very limited knowledge and skills. Thanks for pointing the way.
    Bob
     
  4. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    That does complicate it a bit. I would mention to the repair place you did not nave a boot.ini problem before they worked on it.
     
  5. Claymore

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    Hi,

    If you want to have a go at it yourself:

    boot.ini missing:

    Fix #1

    Boot.ini tab missing in msconfig

    --------------------------------------------------

    Fix #2

    Set to 'Show hidden Files and Folders' in Control Panel => Folder Options => View
    Then go to Start => Run and type in:

    %windir%\pss

    Look for a file named boot.ini.backup

    Copy it to C:\ and Rename it to remove the .backup extension leaving just boot.ini

    ------------------------------------------------------

    If the backup file doesn't exist, follow the instructions in this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330184
     
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