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How do you create a Boot.ini file configured for your computer?


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How do you create a Boot.ini file configured for your computer? I looked at an example, but I don't know how to modify for my computer.
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Hi Calvin and Hobbes...

First off, what exactly are you trying to accomplish?

Can you post a copy of your boot.ini here for me to see?

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Well, I'm trying to fix a problem on my computer. When I start my computer I get a message saying NTLDR is missing. Press CTRL+ALT+delete to restart.

I went to this site to create a boot disk and it says I need to create a Boot.ini file, but I don't understand:
http://support.micro....com/kb/305595/
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Try these Boot Floppies instead...choose the one for your operating system. To create this set will require 6 floppy disks.

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After I create these 6 floppies, which floppy should I use to start my computer, if that's what I'm supposed to do?
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Do you have your XP installation CD? You can start the machine using that and even repair the problem while you're about it.

If not, you will start with Floppy Disk 1 and feed the machine all 6 when prompted. That will get you to a point where you can use Recovery Console.

If you have the CD, let me know...there is a better procedure using that.

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I do not have a CD.
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Will using the boot disks erase any of my memory?
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No. Booting with the floppies will load enough files to get you to a command prompt.

Before we go any further...Have you tried starting the machine using the Safe Mode options?
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Yes, I have tried booting in safe mode but before I can get to it the NTLDR is missing. Press CTRL+ALT+delete message comes out.

I'm going to start the boot disks, but I would feel better have ing all the instrusctions up to starting my computer back up normally.
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We're going to have to return to your original game plan...with no CD, we're not going to be able to fix the problem using Recovery Console... :whistling:

Soooooo...you're boot.ini file should look like the following:

[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="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

Is this an OEM machine? (Compaq, Dell, HP...) There may be an option for non destructive recovery if it is.

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Edited by wannabe1, 02 April 2006 - 08:22 PM.

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1.So we're not going to be using the boot disks.

2.For the Boot.ini. I don't even know where to start. Like how do I create the file?

3. For the Boot.ini. where you put Windows XP Home Editon should I put Windows XP Home Edition SP1?

4.If we're going to use the boot disks, could you give me instructions on what to do with the disks.
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Oh yeah. What's an OEM machine?
I have an eMachines C2825
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I got a regular .ini file (CONTROL.INI) and changed the name and erased everything in it. Then I put in what you told me to put in for Boot.ini. Will it work?
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I got my 6 floppies and took the Windows XP Setup disk #1. I erased everything and put ntldr (renamed Setupldr.bin on the floppy), NTDETECT.COM, and boot.ini (the butchered CONTROL.INI file) into the floppy. Using it, I started started my computer and Hurrah my computer worked. I put the ntldr and NTDETECT.com into my C: drive and now my computer works.

Thanks for all the help. I really appreciate it.
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