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    Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    Whenever I boot up my PC, just before Windows starts, I get an error message saying 'Invalid BOOT.INI, booting from C/Windows.' Do I need to worry about this? I have 2 hard drives installed, C and D. Do I need to adjust my BIOS settings? Should I re-install XP?

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    First, have you looked at your Boot.Ini file with Notepad? See if yours looks like this:

    [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="Micros oft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect


    If not, post what you see and let's see if we can find what's bad. Otherwise, we'll have to see what else we can find.

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    Forgive my ignorance, but how do I look at my Boot.ini with notepad? Thanks. I use XP Home by the way.

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    If you haven't already done so, open Windows Explorer, Tools, Folder Options, View and make sure your settings look like this, otherwise you may not be able to "see" the Boot.Ini file. If you have to change these settings, you may have to close and re-start Windows Explorer. When you CAN see the BOOT.INI file in the root directory or the C: drive, right-click and select Open With and then Notepad. Be careful not to make any changes or save the file - don't want to do that - just get a look at what's in there.

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    Ok got it now.

    This is what I see -

    [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="Micros oft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect


    The Boot.ini file is in directory C/WINDOWS/pss

    Does it look ok? Thanks.

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    Other than the fact that yours is Home and mine is Pro, the files look the same, so I think that's OK. However, I think you hit it when you told me WHERE the file is located. the " PSS " directory as near as I can tell is for certain backup copies Windows keeps. Look again in the ROOT directory and if the file is not there, try right-dragging a copy from the PSS to the ROOT. Be sure you select COPY - we don't want to move the file. If that works, reboot and see if the error stops. It looks to me like your root directory copy somehow got erased and Windows has been "recovering" itself by using a backup copy.

    By the way, Welcome To The Lounge, Mate!

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    OK. I have found PSS in CWINDOWS, but where would I find ROOT? I cannot locate it? I tried using search, which is how I found the BOOT.ini file before. Thanks.

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    The root of C: means the top level folder, usually designated C:. See the screenshot.
    There should be a copy of Boot.ini in C:, so Big Al suggested copying it from C:Windowspss to C:

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    Well I have done what you said, and re-booted my PC.It still comes up with invalid Boot.ini, booting from cwindows. So not sure if it really matters, since XP is starting in the end. Thanks for your welcome as well. I appreciate your help. G'day from Australia!

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    Thanks, Hans! I was trying to stay nearby, since I knew that our new Lounger was "almost" in chat mode with me, but I had a, er, reason to leave the machine for a short while.

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    I'm stumped so far. Hopefully one of us will come up with another probable cause. Hang in there - as you said, at least she's running. One thing fer sure, I don't see anything wrong with the file unless there's something hidden in it that can't be seem from your paste of the content.

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    Well, I left the computer again, this time to take my morning shower. I always have some kind of meditative thought while showering <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    On my system, the file in the C:windowspss folder has a name of boot.ini.backup. Did you by any chance copy THAT file to the root (C? If so, that could be why it didn't help. The name needs to be simply boot.ini so you might need to rename it. Other than this wild one, I haven't thought of anything else yet. But I'll try...

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    Re: Invalid Boot.ini (XP)

    Back.....had to go to bed last night Aussie time. I can't rename this file. Just something I should have mentioned perhaps, my C drive has a small partition left on it from the last time I reformatted, could this have anything to do with it? It's not too much of a worry for me actually since I have a back-up hard drive, so I may just reformat and save the hassle. Thankyou so much for trying to help. Feel free to email me directly also. Cheers.

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