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I have a Vista/ XP Home dual boot, adn when i boot into XP for a second it says invalid Boot.ini, booting from C: Drive. Something like that. I dont know if its a problem or not but i would appreciate if anyone would tell me or if its not. I would like to make it go away even if it isn't a problem i would like it fixed.
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The 'boot.ini' file may be corrupted or have incorrect entries in it. Windows can rebuild this file if you follow these instructions: http://support.micro...kb;en-us;330184
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I dont have a Win CD because i left it at my friend's house and his cleaner threw it out. Any other option
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I dont have a Win CD because i left it at my friend's house and his cleaner threw it out. Any other option


Hi Drumbum667,

Are you able to boot into Vista?

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Ya I can boot into Vista no problems at all, but when i boot into XP i get that message.
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Okay then, when in Vista open Windows Explorer and go to the XP root folder (probably D if you've only to operating systems).
Make sure you can view hidden and system files then open "boot.ini" with notepad.
Please paste the contents in this thread.

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How do i know that i can view hidden files, adn where is the Windows root folder.
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CLICK THIS TO LINK TO BE SURE YOU CAN VIEW HIDDEN FILES

And the root folder is always the first folder on a drive so drive C: would have a root folder of C:\ and D: would be D:\.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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If ur telling me to look right in the D drive i dont see a boot.ini file. Maybe it got deleted accidentally. And im getting a Windows disk sometime today so that might make it easier.

Edited by Drumbum667, 26 September 2006 - 03:26 PM.

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If ur telling me to look right in the D drive i dont see a boot.ini file. Maybe it got deleted accidentally.


Before I answer that question what drives do you have available?
C, D or E etc? or a combination or both in Vista?

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In Vista my XP drive is D, and in XP my drive is C. So i have a C and a D drive. I hope that helps. And in XP when i allowed to view hidden files i clicked the boot file and it opened in notepad. I dont know if its the right file it says boot(it says Configuration Settings under it as a description). It says ion the file( dont know if its the right one )";
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=0
[operating systems]
"

Hope that helps a little bit.

Edited by Drumbum667, 26 September 2006 - 04:33 PM.

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Okay, rename the file you quoted to "Boot.old".

Now create a new "Boot.ini" file and paste this in it :

;
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=0
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" /FASTDETECT

I've assumed you had XP installed before you did Vista so that should work.

Let me know how you get on.

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only thing is should it be a text document or should it be configuration settings. If so, how do i make other types of text files.
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only thing is should it be a text document or should it be configuration settings. If so, how do i make other types of text files.


Sorry I should have thought of that when I asked you to save it.
When you save in in notepad, at the bottom of the save dialog change the type to "All files".
Then in the box above make sure it has "Boot.ini" in.
Save in the C:\ folder and try it.

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