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    Just last week XP Home/SP3 on the HP desktop started extremely restart after a program Nero 10 update during which an update to Adobe flash showed an available update. I tried to install the Adobe update which failed because I was not connected to the Internet. Then I restarted again and that's when the slow restart began. Also some applications such as DSClock, Windows Security Essentials, and several others would not load on the restart. Complete computer shutdown and bootup had no effect. I noticed after the initial windows screen (black background) and before the blue "Windows is starting up" screen a very brief flash message stating "Invalid Boot.ini" and something else I can't make out. I did a System Restore to the previous day which allowed all the missing programs to start normally.

    But after installing an Epson scanner update, the Invalid Boot.ini is still there and the program loading on startup recurred again reqiring the System Restore again.

    How do I fix this?

    Harry

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    You may have some virus or malware activity going on. You may want to run some Online scanners such as ESET Online Scanner. there are others as well. I would also download and run MalwareBytes to check for malware. be advised some infections will not allow these scans to be done, or even allow you to go to the respective sites.
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    Thanks for the suggestions on virus and malware. I will follow through. Here's another facet to the now mysterious Boot,ini file. Searching for the file using both the MS Search and JV16 Power Tools does not locate Boot.ini. So where is this invalid Boot.ini located?

    BTW once I do the System Restore, all the missing programs load normally. Any application loads normally and execution is also normal. So the boot.ini affects only the bootup and its nasty effects are negated by System Restore. I also run 24/7 so restart requirements may be monthly or more.at best.

    Harry

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    Update on the Boot.ini file. I googled Boot.ini and there is a repair procedure outlined in detail on About.com requiring the XP CD and the Windows XP Recovery Console contained therein. Following it to the letter has fixed the problem. I did ESET Online Scanner with no infections showing up. I have been running Windows Security Essentials based on Fred Langa's experience and results for two or more months.. Same results as his. Excellent.

    Harry

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