XP will not start

March 9, 2009 at 03:41:27
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, 3.4Gz/3gb
Windows crashed so I had to run install from original XP disk. This forced me to run a quick format and re-install but it kept looping saying the disk could not be found. I seemed to have now installed XP but Invalid boot.ini keeps flashing up on boot from the hard disk. Have run fixboot / bootcfg / chkdsk(no errors) from the install disk through recovery console but to no avail. Still it flashes Invalid boot.ini. Not sure where to go next.

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#1
March 9, 2009 at 04:19:33
... try tapping F8 @ boot-up select "safe mode WITH command prompt"

... from there type edit [PRESS ENTER]

... you may have to use the attrib /? command on the boot.ini file prior.

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#2
March 9, 2009 at 04:36:53
Won't run in safe mode. Only way to get to command prompt is through recovery console. It is really messed up.

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#3
March 9, 2009 at 04:53:07
See if this helps ----
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330184
"Invalid Boot.ini" or "Windows could not start" error messages when you start your computer

When you did the above commands, I guess you should have added a switch to the command, for it to fix something. Like this ---
bootcfg /rebuild


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#4
March 9, 2009 at 05:32:11
I tried everything the MS web site suggested including rebuilding using bootcfg. fixboot, fixmbr. Seems odd that the installation doesn't appear to complete yet says remove floppy disk at the end. I have to change boot options in the bios to the hard disk but it won't boot. The only way to get anywhere is through recovery console where I can get to dos but nothing I run lets me boot from the hard disk.

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#5
March 9, 2009 at 05:47:48
Also try here ----
http://support.microsoft.com/search...
Then in the top line, type
invalid boot.ini
Then click the 'Search' button at the bottom.

There are two more articles that come up. They may help ???


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#6
March 9, 2009 at 05:53:36
I tried everything the MS web site suggested including rebuilding using bootcfg. fixboot, fixmbr. Seems odd that the installation doesn't appear to complete yet says remove floppy disk at the end. I have to change boot options in the bios to the hard disk but it won't boot. The only way to get anywhere is through recovery console where I can get to dos but nothing I run lets me boot from the hard disk.

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#7
March 9, 2009 at 05:58:33
One more suggestion from MVP Alex Nichol...

"Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option and if the CD letter is say K: give these commands:

copy K:\i386\ntldr C:\
copy K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:\


(two other files needed - just in case)

1. Type: attrib -h -r -s C:\boot.ini del C:\boot.ini

2. Type: BootCfg /Rebuild

which will get rid of any damaged boot.ini, search the disk for systems and make a new one. This might even result in a damaged windows reappearing; but gives another chance of getting at the repair

Source: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/X...


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#8
March 9, 2009 at 06:10:57
Thanks guys. Tried the MS website - no joy.
Tried Michael's suggestion - booted from HD and now sitting on black screen with flashing cursor in top left corner. Do I need to run recovery console again ?

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#9
March 9, 2009 at 06:12:47
Sorry I meant Alex's suggestion to attrib the boot.ini file.

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#10
March 9, 2009 at 06:53:02
Most of what I do here is to supply links to get information ---

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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black screen with flashing cursor in top left corner
Sometimes that occurs when CD is left in its Drive.


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#11
March 9, 2009 at 08:01:24
Thanks. I have seemingly exhausted the MS web site.
Still just sits on a black screen. Might try a friends XP install disk as I can't seem to find why it won't boot.

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#12
March 9, 2009 at 08:35:21
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314...
Computer stops responding with a black screen when you start Windows XP

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#13
March 9, 2009 at 09:05:37
#Response Number 10

... ya thats what I do "Chuck 2"

... I know nothing about putors lol

... found this the other day "Kzcomp"

http://gag.sourceforge.net/index.html

... try Fdisk /MBR first start afresh, then the above if all fails

Fdisk /MBR from command prompt

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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