win xp pro booting up to wrong drive or os

Ibm Thinkcentre 8141 refurbished desktop...
November 22, 2010 at 14:33:46
Specs: Windows XP
My firewall and antivirus software quit and I wasn't able to download another file or install files from antivirus or from windows update for some files.

So I got into the thing and fixed most of the things, managed to install new virus software by changing the download name and did find a couple of bugs/trogans that were taken care of but now when I boot up I can't get to the place where I can get to press a key for the bios settings to change the boot sequence from CD to hard drive.

Well have spotmau repair disk and it will boot me up and when I press that for boot from HD it boots me in to the os with no problem.

When I try to fix things in dos, my dos shows a default setting for C:/windows/documents and settings/my username and I can't get the directory to change to C:
I can change to D: but not to C:

How can I get into bios to change things in the root or how can I get my boot.ini to boot up into my windows os? I am not sure now what the path would be now. I am using the boot.ini text I had before but it is not working for me. Just says press f1 to reboot os not found

Hope you can help please. Sorry didn't remember where to find CPU other than in task manager and not sure where to see Ram either. :)


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November 22, 2010 at 17:29:58
when at
C:\windows\documents and settingsmy username [\ not /]
the command is
cd\ to take you to the root of c: which is where the boot.ini is located.

How about posting the boot.ini you want to use for review?

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November 23, 2010 at 09:28:50
Good Morning, thanks for your response to my questions. :)

I had filled a box on the page in with all my PC details when I first posted but I see it didn't populate the area wherein I wrote my question.

IBM Desktop Refurbished PC running Win Pro XP
Intel Pentium, 4 CPU 512 mg RAM

The boot.ini sequence is: [boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\C="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

I was able to finally get into the bios with the original installation disk and with that got into the bios to change the boot first to CD YAY

My next move is to try a repair install, I think my problems may be something to do with the partitons although I will have to read up on that and will look here in the forum to find answers. :)

Again Thanks Wanderer! :)

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November 23, 2010 at 10:02:15
should be:
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows="Microsoft Windows XP

Your windows is on the first partition of the first drive.

Your first step is recovery console not repair. You want to run the utilites fixmbr and fixboot before moving on to a repair install.

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November 23, 2010 at 11:26:40
Wow, ok, thanks Wanderer! I am just having to go out but when I get back will do the boot repairs as you suggest and then see what happens! :)

This has been so frustrating but I was at least able to access my files with the software I was using so no matter what I have everything backed up to date thank goodness. I was thinking I would have to format and do a new install but now I am hoping this works! :)


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November 23, 2010 at 11:53:59
You would also move on to a repair install before resorting to a new install. Repair will keep your data/apps intact.

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November 24, 2010 at 20:56:46
Okay, thanks to your good advice W., I got the boot.ini sorted out and corrected, also tried to restore but the restore feature was acting likeit was working; but when it rebooted no files had been changed.

Did the repair install and all is now working well.

Thanks so much!

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