Boot.ini problem-won't boot

February 23, 2009 at 16:12:55
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Windows XP computer. It stopped booting up. I get the corrupt boot.ini message.

If I try using the bootcfg /rebuild in the recovery console, it doesn't even find my windows installation and says it could be a corrupt file system.

The Dir command in C:\ doesn't show boot.ini at all!

Running CHKDSK results in: CHKDSK found on or more errors on the volume.

Other than that, I am stuck. The REPAIR option (when booting with Windows CD in the drive) does not show up.

Any help or suggestions are appreciated!

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February 23, 2009 at 16:16:44
possibly you want to do a repair install:
Make sure you have the proper disc, if it is xp home, you need an xp home install disc and vice versa

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February 23, 2009 at 16:33:06
Hey thanks for the fast reply! But the REPAIR option is not visible!!! I go to the right place, hit F8 at the disclosure, and all I can choose is to delete the partition, etc., no 'R' option

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February 23, 2009 at 16:34:31
first how many partitions is it showing up with? second, have you tried each and every one of the OS partitions. 3rdly what does it say after it fails to boot into Windows? since if it says something dealing with a missing dll, then someone might have edited the boot.ini file, which is pretty easy to fix.

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February 23, 2009 at 18:08:11
OK here's more information:

When you turn the power button on, I get the Mother board's logo, then I get:

Invalid BOOT.INI file
Booting from C:\Windows
(screen goes black for 10 seconds)
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

I restart, then boot from Windows CD...
(I will try a REPAIR for the next steps)

To set up Windows CP now, press ENTER.
Licensing Agreement
*F8=I agree*

-To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER
-To created a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
-To delete the selected partition, press D.

It then shows 1 partition:
C: Partition1 [NTFS] 230465 MB
Unpartitioned space 8MB

I then restart my computer and will try the Recovery Console after booting from Windows XP CD:

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.


Microsoft Recovery Console.
The Recovery Console Provides.....etc...
Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.


Which Windows installatino would you like to log onto?

*1: ENTER (no password)*


And the rest I think I already posted.. bootcfg /rebuild doesn't work as it says the file system could be corrupted. Chkdsk says there was 1 or more errors but no details..

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February 23, 2009 at 18:19:57
Looks like you DIDN'T use the instructions on a repair install

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February 23, 2009 at 18:22:29
Would you care to elaborate on how I didn't do the REPAIR process correctly? It didn't show up as an option... ?

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February 23, 2009 at 20:53:43
Did you read the instructions I sent you?

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February 24, 2009 at 10:09:40
"Chkdsk says there was 1 or more errors but no details.."

Boot into Recovery Console but don't do the repair right away. Best if you run CHKDSK C: /R first from the Console prompt to fix all the file system problems first. Then reboot, reload XP recovery console and try running BOOTCFG /REBUILD again. It would be best to fix the disk problems first before fixing your corrupted boot.ini file.

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February 24, 2009 at 10:28:33
it is best to fix your disk errors before you do a repair also.

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February 24, 2009 at 11:30:03
What is the capacity of the hard drive and what SP is installed?

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February 24, 2009 at 14:54:47
Yes, regarding step#5, option 'R' for REPAIR is not an option. The only option there is to overwrite with a new installation or delete the current one....

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