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Old 02-24-04, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default Invalid BOOT.INI

Hmm. Iíve been getting this message right after POST ever since a botched shutdown a week ago:

Invalid BOOT.INI
Booting from C:\Windows\

Should I be panicking right now? After that message, WinXP boots up just fine.

Any insight would be helpfull. Like I said, this happened after the machine froze when told to shut down.
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Old 02-24-04, 07:37 AM   #2
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Not if windows starts up okay after that.

I would go into your system properties (control panel/system) and click the advanced tab and then click the button for the startup and recovery settings. You should see a section at the top that says System Startup with some stuff in it and a button that says edit. If you click the edit button it will bring up the boot.ini file in notepad and it should look something like this:

Quote:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
If it doesn't then it needs to be fixed. Post what it says here and we can check it out.
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Old 02-24-04, 12:27 PM   #3
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I see Startup and Recovery, and when I click on Settings, it says:

The C:\boot.ini file can not be opened. Operating System and Timeout settings can not be changed.

I can get to the next screen, and if i click edit, it says Boot.ini file not found, and it will let me create a new one.
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If it will let you create a new one, then do it. Just make a text file and put the text I posted in it and then save it and rename it to Boot.ini

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the line:

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S

should all be on one line....I'm not sure why it word-wraps the S in Windows.
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Old 02-24-04, 12:45 PM   #5
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Cool, thanks. Everything is back to normal.
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