Invalid BOOT INI file

Dell Latitude d420 notebook
August 5, 2009 at 06:14:22
Specs: Windows XP
I get this message when trying to boot up "invalid boot.ini file booting from C:\Windows". I have a Dell notebook with Windows XP. I does not fully boot and just keeps repeating this cycle. Any ideas?

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#1
August 5, 2009 at 06:48:49
Try F8 first. If it takes you to a boot menu, choose last known good config.

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#2
August 5, 2009 at 20:43:43
Thanks for the tip - I went through the steps as suggested but no change unfortunately.

I would be most grateful for any further ideas...

Cheers


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#3
August 6, 2009 at 13:18:44
On my Dell desktop, boot.ini is in the C:\boot_emt directory & there is a backup boot.ini.backup in C:\windows\pss

If you can boot to a command prompt using F8, you can cd to c:\windows\pss & run
copy boot.ini.backup c\boot_emt
Then run
rename boot.ini.backup boot.ini

If that can't be done, boot with a boot disk that has a copy of boot.ini on it & copy that to c:\boot_emt

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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