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Invalid BOOT.INI File


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When my PC is starting after a switch-on or after a reboot,
I get the standard "Black Screens" and just before the first "Blue
Screen" with the Windows XP logo appears, I get a black screen
with the following:
"Invalid BOOT.INI File
Booting from C:\WINDOWS\ "


Please, your assistance.
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does your computer ever get to windows at all or does it get stuck at that screen?
do you have an XP cd?
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Thanks dsenette for your time.
My PC went immediately to windows and process "normally".

Yes I have an XP cd.
Note: I tried to ran "sfc /scannow" but the PC "did'nt reconize" my cd?
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did this issue only happen once or does it keep happening more than once?
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This issue happened more than once. I'm trying to run sfc /scannow at least
four times since yesterday, but without success. At the beginning I get the window with
the progress bar, but after few seconds, a second window pop-up asking to insert the cd
(when the cd is already inserted). Clicking on the box "Retry" is not solving the issue.,
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press start > run > type "chkdsk /f /r" in the run window (without the quotes) it will probably tell you it has to reschedule on next boot...tell it ok and reboot the computer....let the disk check run uninterupted...report any errors
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I ran "chkdsk /f /r" (approximately 35 minutes) yesterday with no error, i.e. after performing the "fifth step"
Windows program followed (open) immediately
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let's try a repair installation. do you have a "real" xp disk or is it a system recovery disk?
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Yes. I already ran a repair installation (with the same cd) last August.
I will try to run it tomorrow if necessary. Do you think it will solve this issue?
What the remark "Invalid BOOT.INI) means? Because I'm feeling that I'm using my PC "normally".

Thanks for your time and kind assistance.
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boot.ini is a file located on your computer that controlls how your computer boots up...

your computer, when it boots, will go through POST (power on self test) to check all the hardware and configurations to make sure things are correct at the most basic level...after that the computer doesn't know what to do, because the system running post has no idea what windows is...so at the end of POST it searches the harddrive for Boot.ini so that it can then know what to do...if it can't find Boot.ini or if the file is messed up...it fails..

there's a chance that there's a problem with your harddrive (hence the chkdsk) or possibly other hardware (such as a processor or ram)

a repair install will (SHOULD) replace the boot.ini file with a good version...so it should fix it....there are other ways of fixing the Boot.ini problem...but a repair will get it done...and may fix some other issues as well
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Hello sam-my...

Mind if I take a peek at your boot.ini file?

Open Control Panel and double click the "System" icon. Under the "Advanced" tab, in the "Startup and Recovery" section, click the "Settings" button. In the window that opens, click on the "Edit" button.

A notepad window will open (boot.ini)...copy the contents of that window and paste it here for us.

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Thanks al lor Wannabe1 for assisting me.

attached here is the notepad i've got:


Do I have to click "YES"

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Edited by sam-my, 19 December 2006 - 01:02 PM.

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err....I don't see a boot.ini anywhere???? :blink:

Just use Copy and Paste...this file does not have to be attached. :whistling:
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That would explain a lot...

Click "Yes".
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Thanks for Your PROMPT ANSWER.

I was just trying to "paste" this Window
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