Boot.ini and Windows Setup CD problems

October 19, 2010 at 10:18:54
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3
I've got an error message saying my system32/config/system is missing or corrupt. Now I'm trying my Windows CD to repair the problem however the CD will not boot because of an invalid boot.ini. How can I get around this and repair my files? Thanks

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October 19, 2010 at 10:29:46
start the computer and press f2 to go into setup. look at the boot order.
if A C D change it to A D C. put your cd in save your changes and exit

I would suggest doing a google search for repair install.

Some computers have a boot menu by pressing f12 at start up as well

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October 19, 2010 at 10:50:10
I've already set the CD to be the first and only thing to boot but it still gives me the boot.ini message. Any idea's?

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October 19, 2010 at 11:11:11
Is this a factory cd or a burned one?

If it is just a copy (ok with me) sometimes instead of making an iso of the original then burning, people just make a copy and the boot image is left off.

Since you are on the internet, you do have use of a second computer....have you tried the cd in the one you are can always exit if it boots up.

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October 19, 2010 at 17:37:37
All sorted now. I put the necessary boot files to fix the boot.ini problem on a USB stick from another PC with the same OS and that then let me run the setup CD/recovery console. I was then able to repair my corrupt/missing files. Thanks for your help!

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