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    Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    That text you pasted in is exactly the same as my BOOT.INI file, in other words the standard. On my "primary" drive I have two partitions. I'm surprised you find a backup copy and not the original or main one. It should be in the root directory of your C: drive. You do have the Folder Options set to display hidden and system files, don't you? I can't imagine that your XP would run if that file weren't there.

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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Al,

    I have the folder options set to show hidden files. I even have the search criteria set to look for hidden and system files. I searched again and still no
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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Ouch, I keep forgetting about you NTFS gurus! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Since I DON'T have an NTFS boot partition I can't help you check it out, but YES, the MSKB article title sez it's for a FAT or NTFS system. So I would make that backup copy the BOOT.INI on the floppy disk. Also, in your case you will have to go to the XP CD to get the other files as the article says. In my case the files were all in the root directory of my hard drive. Post back when you've tried it out. I don't have a NTFS boot machine here at home and I'll have to wait until Friday when I go to work to check one over there.

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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Al,

    I think the other files are on my computer now because of the SP-1 update. I searched for them and they both appear to be on the hard drive in C:WINDOWSServicePackFilesi386 directory. I would tend to believe that they would be the latest version of the files I need on a boot disk.

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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    I have an NTFS partition as my primary boot disk, and this is my boot.ini, from C:

    <!t>[boot loader]<!/t>
    timeout=5
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Micros oft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    C:CMDCONSBOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

    The last line is for the recovery console the you can install to allow you "DOS" access if your Windows goes down the <img src=/S/toilet.gif border=0 alt=toilet width=24 height=26>

    An I think that you should use a boot.ini file on your boot disk.
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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Bryan,

    I wonder why I wouldn't have a boot.ini on my C: Drive. Any ideas? I hate to try to copy or create one on my C: drive when it for some reason doesn't have one.

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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Check out http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...KB;en-us;q99743 Purpose of the BOOT.INI File in Windows 2000 or Windows NT

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;EN-US;314081 The Purpose of the Boot.ini File in Windows XP

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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Dave,

    Thank you, that answers a lot.
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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    I'm not sure, but if you follow the link that Dave posted, follow the steps to get to the Boot options and just change one setting, like the time delay from 30 to 29, then it should probably create one for you.
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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Is it possible that you haven't un-checked the option in Explorer to show super-hidden files?
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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Mark,

    You're correct. That one was checked. When I uncheck it I do find a boot.ini. Thanks
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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Hi Seems life could be made difficult

    Can you not boot WinXp direct from CD rom?
    If you need bootable floppy disk, them your need MSCDex and also i would run normal boot disk to do this, with oak software

    Rem WinXp does not come shipped with BOOT disk, i would strongly suggest win98 boot disk, i know its funny, but will work agro free, ive never had and issues.

    BTW i read for format on this feed to run FDISK and Format??

    I would from dos boot run on CMD

    FDISK/MBR
    FDISK
    FORMAT

    This kills the master boot registry, wont look like its done much, but oh it will, good tip for housekeeping
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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    It seems you've misunderstood the thread, my friend. Making a Win XP boot disk is quite different than using a DOS boot disk, Win98 or otherwise. An XP boot disk allows you to RUN your Windows XP if anything goes amiss with the normal boot process.

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    Re: Boot Disk (XPP SR-1)

    Al,

    Thanks, I was somewhat lost on that one. Didn't know exactly how to reply.
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