Missing BOOT.INI

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Bob Parks

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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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Frank4d

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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
 

Bob Parks

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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
 

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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.
 
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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

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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

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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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