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jump22

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what does invalid boot.ini from c windows mean and how to fix this?
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Boot.ini is the hidden windows file that tells the system what windows version it is booting to and how.

Please explain the issue you are having. When is this error showing up.
Have you tried booting into safe mode or Last known Good Configuration
What happened just prior to thi issue starting?
Was there any new hardware or software installed?
Any updates downloaded and installed?
anything downloaded online just prior to issue starting?

Also check the boot sequence and make sure you HD is first boot device and not the network card.

Edited by rshaffer61, 29 May 2009 - 12:42 PM.

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it basically means that your boot information file is damaged or corrupted somehow,

are you wanting this to be fixed ?

if so, what operating system do you have (xp - home or professional) ?

do you have the original windows cd ?

can you start the machine ?
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yes i want to fix this,xp home is my system and no only have a recovery disk,and yes computer starts up.

Edited by jump22, 29 May 2009 - 01:04 PM.

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if you click start then run and type sysdm.cpl in the box then hit enter, a window will open,

click the advanced tab,
click 'settings' in the startup and recovery box

then 'edit' in the next window,

notepad will open with some text in, can you copy and paste the text here, so we can have a look at it,

(the notepad file that opens is your boot.ini - it will look similar to this)

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

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hawklord when i clicked settings in the startup and recovery box this poped up the c:\boot.ini file cannot be opened. operating system and timeout settings can not be changed.i clicked ok in next window i clicked edit and this poped up cannot find the c:\boot.ini file.do you want to create a new file.what do i do from here? thanks
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Reson for Edit: Double Post :)

Edited by rshaffer61, 30 May 2009 - 07:00 PM.

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Multiple topics running at the same time is going to make it hard to fix either one.

Here I'm trying to help with a Roxio Creator error and now this with the Boot.ini and I see another now opened to answer for this one on boot.ini problem
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a couple of things to do here,

click start then search,
in the box 'All or part of the file name:' type boot.ini
click 'more advanced options'

make sure its 'all files and folders' in the drop down box
tick (if needed) 'search system folders', 'search hidden files and folders' and 'search subfolders'

then click search

in the right window you should see boot.ini in 'my computer'

right click and open with notepad

copy and paste the contents here

(the picture will be slightly different than yours, as my boot.ini is on a different partition, i did a search on just xp to show how your search field should look)

if its not there then get xp to create a new boot.ini

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thank you for your help hawklord i fixed the problem.
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