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binar Apr 21, 2009, 10:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Fellow Forum Members,
My XP Pro computer is booting up with the following message: "Invalid Boot.ini file Booting from C:\windows\"

Somehow this file got deleted because I can not find it in the root of the C:\ drive (with Display OS files checked off"

Is it a good idea to copy the "boot.ini" file from another PC I own with XP on it and then just paste it into the PC that is missing this file?

I tried the bootcfg /list command and it tells me "there are currently no boot entries available to display"

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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binar Apr 21, 2009, 11:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What is the correct way to rebuild a Boot.ini file?
Just an update.

I figured out that the correct command to use is bootcfg /rebuild
This command recreated the Boot.ini file from scratch.

However, in doing a PC to PC comparison I just found out I am also missing the following hidden OS files:

Autoexec.bat
Config.sys
IO.sys
MsDos.sys

Will copying and pasting these files be a good idea? Evenmore, are they necessary. Because my PC seems to be booting up okay without them. Is there any app I can use to avoid this problem again in the future? Any info will be greatly appreciate. THanks.

Gerritt Apr 22, 2009, 12:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What is the correct way to rebuild a Boot.ini file?
binar,
The particular files that you are missing are cmd, or command, based.
It should not effect a 32 or 64 bit Winxp or Vista installation directly.
However, they will be used anytime that you open a cmd, or command prompt.
In most cases, the absence of these files should not effect you, however some legacy applications may need them.

If everything works, then don't sweat it. IF you have 16 bit applications that still need these files, then they are easily rebuildable.

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R G Apr 25, 2009, 01:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What is the correct way to rebuild a Boot.ini file?
Im not sure how I use to rebuild it but im pretty sure you can do it if you insert the windows XP CD on boot up and then telling it to start installation.
Think it was something in the line of pressing R while windows launches the installation thing.Something about "repairing menu".

My memory is quite vague about it soo if someone can correct me please do!


TamTheBam Apr 25, 2009, 02:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What is the correct way to rebuild a Boot.ini file?

Download EasyBCD. It's free. It's the best Boot Manger tool there is. You just
run it, select, click reboot. Sorted.

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