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Having trouble renaming my boot.ini file Stuck reboot loop.


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#1 Rangerstx

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 03:46 PM

According to a tutorial from this site, I need to rename my boot.ini file to boot.ini.bak.

I did it according to the tutorial but I get "The rename operation failed".

What am I doing wrong? I am doing it at the C prompt as I should the line as I am prompted to
and it looks like C:\>ren C:\boot.ini Boot.ini.bak

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 04:21 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

I guess that I have ask...why do you want to rename your boot.ini?

Did you create a new boot.ini file? Do you intend to create a new file?

Can you provide a link to the tutorial which you are referring to, so that we can see context and intent?

Thanks.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 04:32 PM

It was the tutoial for bootingo windows safe mode for XP. Can't link because I am posting on my iPhone .

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 05:19 PM

Found it, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/ .

"If a situation like this has happened to you it is possible to fix this problem by renaming your boot.ini file. The first step would be to use a boot disk to start your computer. If your computer does not have a floppy disk, then you can typically boot off the Windows CD that came with your computer in order to access the Windows Recovery Console. More information about the Windows Recovery Console can be found here. Once booted to a command prompt, you would simply rename your C:\Boot.ini file to another name like C:\Boot.ini.bak. The command to rename the file at the command prompt is:

ren C:\Boot.ini Boot.ini.bak

Once the file is renamed, you can then remove the boot disk and reboot your computer to get back to normal mode. When booting up after the rename, do not be surprised if you see an error stating that you do not have a valid Boot.ini file. When you get back to normal Windows mode, you can then rename C:\Boot.ini.bak to C:\Boot.ini and run Msconfig again to remove the /safeboot flag.
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Not familiar with this, from here it looks like the command is properly typed. Wait for input from someone more knowledgeable about such.

Louis




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