How do I locate the Boot.ini file???

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
October 16, 2010 at 08:53:44
Specs: Windows XP Pro 32, 2x 2gig Kingston
I put something into the boot.ini line in windows XP32, which then has lead to the system not booting up. The CD rom drive also decided to pack up... so have removed the HD and placed it into an external caddy and plugged it into a windows vista machine to find and edit the file. I have done a search for it though cannot locate it anywhere.

So, the question is, where is the file (?) so that I can edit it back to how it originally was. I do have a copy of what was written previously that I wrote down.

I simply wanted to edit it because I now have 2x 2gig ram in the 32bit system and want it to recognise so I went to switch it on as seen here: and basically put it into what I assume was the wrong place, hence why I am trying to undo what I have done.

Once I have undone it, I would then want to know where on earth this "microsoft line" is meant to go, as I am now well aware that it's not meant to go into the boot.ini file!! Grr!

So, firstly, where's the boot.ini file so that I can edit it back to normal, and then where am I meant to put this switch to turn on the 4gig memory into my system.

Many many thanks!!!

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October 16, 2010 at 09:06:55

It is a Hidden File.................................on C:\

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October 16, 2010 at 09:10:20
Thanks, though how do I edit that boot.ini file whilst using another system???

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October 16, 2010 at 10:24:07
This *may* work:

- Boot off the XP disc & "press any key" when will take a minute or 2 to load
- Press "R" for the recovery console
- Enter the number of the drive or partition you need to fix & press ENTER
- When prompted for the admin password, either enter the password (if you created one) or just press ENTER
- At the C:\WINDOWS prompt, type FIXBOOT then press ENTER
- Press "Y" (for yes), then press ENTER
- When it goes back to the C:\WINDOWS prompt again, type EXIT & press ENTER.

The system will reboot & you *should* be able to access Windows again.

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October 16, 2010 at 10:51:00
Thanks, though how do I edit that boot.ini file whilst using another system???
Take off the System and Read-Only attributes, then use Notepad. A posthumous warning: If you mess up your boot.ini, you won't be able to boot.

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October 16, 2010 at 11:04:42
Please keep in mind that my CD rom drive is not working atm (weird...) - maybe the cable needs replacing. I have tried to boot from my xp drive in my desktop though it says there's a corrupt or missing a file on boot As I remember (sorry I am away from my system atm, though need it urgently for work).
Is there a simple way to simply edit the file from my latop's vista system?? I have access to the HD as i have put it into an external caddy, and also have a backup of what I need to write on the txt file.
Many thanks

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