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Thread: missing boot.ini

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2002

    missing boot.ini

    Hello! I have a problem with my machine because my boot.ini in c:/ directory is missing. Is there any way that I can fix it? I tried installing winxp again but it doesnt permit me to install it because it says that I have to fix the boot.ini first.

  2. #2
    AO Ancient: Team Leader
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    boot.ini is simply a text file that lays out the boot options at start up. It is a hidden system file so you can't simply view it normally or change it.

    You need to boot to a CD or floppy(s), with an OS that understands NTFS, issue the command

    attrib c:\boot.ini

    This will tell you is it is there. If it is and corrupted issue the commands

    attrib -s -h c:\boot.ini
    del c:\boot.ini

    Make a new file called boot.ini with the following lines

    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP" /fastdetect

    I have edited the some of the lines above to make it work for XP since this is actually my Win2k boot.ini file and IIRC they are similar. If not someone will jump on it I hope and correct me.

    Hope it works for you.


    For some reason when posted the S from the word WINDOWS wraps but it doesn't in edit. The S is not on a line on it's own it goes at the end of WINDOW

    Hope that's clear

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  3. #3
    Regal Making Handler
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Easier than Tigers suggestion is to boot to your xp cd. Press R for the recovery console and Type: Boot.cfg

    This should fix any boot.ini errors.

    Then do a repair install.
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  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    If you have a scsi drive, you have to replace the "multi" with "scsi":


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Thank you guys!

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