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18-11-2005, 10:44 AM

When I boot up Windows I get an "invalid ini file. Loading Windows". I havea s elective startup, should I change this to normal?

Speedy Gonzales
18-11-2005, 11:03 AM
Right mouse on My computer / properties / advanced tab / startup and recovery. Click on edit. Paste whats in the boot.ini file here.

18-11-2005, 11:09 AM
Oo it doesn't look good. I get an error saying "The C:\boot.ini file can not be opened. Operating System and timeout settings can not be changed"

This could have resulted from my mass deleting of files & folders in the C:...

Speedy Gonzales
18-11-2005, 11:17 AM
See if this helps


18-11-2005, 11:42 AM
Cheers. I can't find the boot ini file anywhere...

Speedy Gonzales
18-11-2005, 11:49 AM
As it says on the MS site, its hidden.

Follow the instructions on the site, if u haven't yet.

And then see if you can find it.

18-11-2005, 11:51 AM
Yeah I did that and still could not find it.

Speedy Gonzales
18-11-2005, 12:14 PM
Hmm ok. Try this then. run notepad.

Copy and paste this into it. Its the default boot.ini file.

[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Change Pro to Home, if u use Home.

Is SP2 installed??

Save it in C as boot.ini

You're not using dual boot or anything are you??

If you are, this wont work properly.

18-11-2005, 02:00 PM
I have another hard drive... will that change anything. If something goes wrong and the computer stops starting, what do I do then?

Speedy Gonzales
18-11-2005, 02:03 PM
just as long as it hasnt got an operating system on it / youre not dual booting it'll be fine.