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06-18-02, 03:46 PM   #1  
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Boot.ini

could someone send me acopy of their boot.ini file, it should be a WinXP PRO operating system?
I need this to get my system up and running, aparently the boot files are missing on my system, therefore the cause for no booting.

 
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06-18-02, 04:20 PM   #2  
Not that easy Coady. The boot.ini file contains the specific information of where the NT kernell is located, which, from you other posts we know isn't C:\winnt. The info that refers to NT in that file is almost cryptic and refers to drives, sectors, and directories. I think your best bet is still going to be a reinstall.

 
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06-18-02, 04:54 PM   #3  
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Please read this...

I am trying to accomplish this....
http://support.microsoft.com/search/...;en-us;Q305595

 
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06-18-02, 05:26 PM   #4  
Yup thats the one and this is the entire contents of a boot.ini file

[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="Windows XP"

Now you get to figure out which disk, rdisk, partition and directory you have.

From what you told us my guess is
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partion(1)\winnt
if not try
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partion(2)\winnt

 
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06-19-02, 06:29 AM   #5  
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Thanks Michael
I don't think I can do that, the info is larger than a floppy. My bois will not boot secondary to my zip.
I realize now the biggest problem is the first 8 mb of space on my hard drive is empty and also a third partition.
So I have 3 partitions, f = 8 mb c = 3091 and d = 38000
I am unable to get either c or d to boot up. The system still just hangs there.
how would I do a fresh remove all of these partitions and re install win xp pro.
Or even better add the 8 mgs to the c drive, could I do that thro the win xp cd?

 
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06-19-02, 09:40 AM   #6  
Can you boot from you CD? If so just boot from the XP CD ROM and at one point it will ask where you want to install XP. At that point you can go into a menu that lets you repartition and reformat drive space. You will loose all data though.
If you need to boot from floppy you will need to take your XP disk to a working computer and create the 4 floppy disk set required to boot XP from floppy.

Have you tried reinstalling Win98 or XP? Installing either one as a clean first-time install should fix the boot sector problem. If it doesn't partition magic may have done something to the drive in which case all you can do is use XP to wipe the drive and start again.

 
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06-19-02, 11:29 AM   #7  
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What Menu?

I have tried reinstalling on both the c and the d drives, still wouldn't boot, from either drives.
So I am looking for this menu, but below is all that is available.

I am a present at the menu
+To set up windows now press ENTER
+To repair Win XP installation using Recovery Console, press R
+To quit Setup without installing Windows XP. press F3.

 
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06-19-02, 03:26 PM   #8  
For now you take the first option and hit enter. I believe it is the next screen or the one after where you can choose you location or repartition the drive. Sorry, I can't remember what exactly the menu says and I not somewhere where I can check.

 
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06-19-02, 07:49 PM   #9  
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Done!!!!

Hi Michael
I got it done & XP is up & working, will have to partition it again.... but hopefully I won't get in this mess again!!!!
Thanks

 
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