The C:\boot.ini file cannot be opened.

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
December 30, 2010 at 12:33:57
Specs: Windows XP
I get "Invalid Boot.INI file"
When I get to System Startup, System Failure, and Debugging information. It says,
The C:\boot.ini file cannot be opened. Operating System and Timeout Setting cannot be changed.
Now I don't know what to do.

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#1
December 30, 2010 at 15:06:25
Invalid Boot.INI file Operating System and Timeout Setting cannot be changed

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HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP
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#2
December 30, 2010 at 15:11:07
You have to boot up you system with either a Windows Live CD or a Linux Live CD and repair your boot.ini file manually, if this is (hopefully) the only problem and no other files are corrupt.

A boot.ini file normally looks like this.
You may have to change the disk or partition number, depending on the hard drive, where your windows lives.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

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#3
December 30, 2010 at 16:53:46
Boot.ini is not required to boot. If Boot.ini is missing NTLDR will automatically boot from the system installed at C:\Windows\ (or C:\WINNT), which are the NTLDR defaults. If the system is installed at any other location the boot will fail.

So there's another option, provided your OS is installed at the correct location, boot to a live cd, rename Boot.ini and reboot. You should expect to see the informative message "Invalid Boot.ini file - booting from C:\Windows\"

Good luck.

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