boot.ini missing

May 13, 2009 at 00:57:59
Specs: Windows XP 64 bit
Hi, I'm running xp 64 bit with RAID, when I boot it says boot.ini invalid, booting from C:\Windows.

I have tried getting to the recovery console but get a stop error (0x0007B) in Windows setup as it is loading Windows.
Have tried installing the console from the CD in Windows, but it cannot write to the boot.ini file so it obviously won't help. Have also tried finding the backup, but both files are missing. There is also no boot tab in MSConfig.

Seems like I'm properly buggered unless somebody can show me how to write a boot.ini file.

Any help would be much appreciated :)


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#1
May 13, 2009 at 05:15:03
How do you get into MSCONFIG, if you cannot get into Windows. ????

Print these articles for furture reference ----
The second article tells how to add or remove an O.S. from the boot.ini file.
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
The Purpose of the Boot.ini File in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
HOW TO: Install and Use the Recovery Console in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555...
How to remove Windows Recovery Console


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#2
May 13, 2009 at 23:37:28
The wierd thing is I can get into Windows, it says invalid boot.ini, booting ffrom c:\windows, Is there any way to run fixboot or something similar while in windows?

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#3
May 14, 2009 at 00:56:04
See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022

You can copy/paste a standard boot.ini file from the site into Notepad and save it as boot.ini in the root of C:

Good luck


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#4
May 15, 2009 at 04:36:04
bootcfg - rebuild option perhaps?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291980

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/terms...

http://forums.tweakguides.com/showt...

or... post boot.ini as is here; and also include correct (folder) name for XP installation (as it is) on your system; and also exactly where it is on the drive (which partition on which physical drive)... The folks can/will advise what to chage/correct etc?

But bootcfg routine ought to do it all for you anyway?


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