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#1 RacefanofJr

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:08 AM

I just re-installed Windows XP Home on a Emachine EL1200. It istalled fine and runs fine. It's a bit slow in booting up , for being a fresh and new installation so I looked in MSCONFIG, to see what I might find. All the tabs across the top are there except " BOOT.INI". There is a tab for "General, SYSTEM.INI, WINI.INI, SERVICES, STARTUP and TOOLS", but no "BOOT.INI" tab. Is that ok ???
Any and all help is greatly appreciated !!
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:47 AM

What did you use...to reinstall the O/S?

What steps did you follow?

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 12:03 PM

Hi Louis,
I used a standard Windows XP Installation disc that I have used to put Windows XP Home, on many computers. This is the 1rst time I've noticed this problem.
I also noticed that on the side of the computer, on the COA sticker it says that the system is a Windows XP Home Edition Nettops
I don't know if NETTOPS has anything to do with it ?
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 12:12 PM

Whats wierd is that everything works great ! It goes on the internet fine, all the drivers are there and working......after I put them there !
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:37 AM

I'm going to install a fresh installation on this computer and start all over again. Do I delete ALL the partions on this computer of just the " unknown" one ?
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:26 PM

Nooooo...! Don't reinstall just yet.

No BOOT.INI tab usually means you have no c:\boot.ini file (for some reason). In a general single partition configuration, XP does not need a boot.ini file to boot anyway (it will complain) but still boot. (this is good to know, so if you ever suspect a problem with boot.ini, rename it and boot without one, then fix the original).

Using explorer, browse to c:\

Click Tools, Folder Options, View and:

enable Show hidden files and folders
uncheck Hide protected operating system files
uncheck Hide extensions for known file types

See if you have a c:\boot.ini file.

You can create one with a text editor (or other methods), here is an example:

[boot loader]
timeout=5
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

If you reboot and your new c:\boot.ini disappears, we have seen that before too.

Edited by joseibarra, 22 June 2010 - 01:42 PM.

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:34 PM

I didn't think anyone was gonna replay soooooooooo,
I went ahead and started a reinstallation. BUT, if I don't see the BOOT.INI tab again, I'll know what to do. I'm sorry for my impatience . I've been without this computer for a while now and needed it to run again.
I got nervous when I didn't see the BOOT.INI tab and figured that I would have problem down the road. I'm very sorry for being impatient !!!!
I will keep this open till this evening , when I should be done with the new installation. Thanks for working with me and being forgiving.
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:40 PM

No need to worry. I was typing quickly as soon as I saw your issue, but I was only a few hours late.

I'll bet your reinstallation will go just fine.

There once was an issue some time ago with the Ask Toolbar add-on (or whatever it is) deleting the c:\boot.ini and a few other things, but that was a while ago and maybe they have since fixed it. That would be where I was heading if your new boot.ini disappeared on a reboot.

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:45 PM

Thanks for your kindness ! I will post a reply when I get the installation finished . Thanks agin !
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 03:55 PM

Here is what I did. I reinstalled Windows on the 2nd partition and now everything is normal again. I guess that maybe it just didn't install the 1rst time ?!?!?!?!? I want to thank everyone who helped me !!! I'm truely greatful for those that are here to help !!!
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 05:24 PM

Good job.

Sounds like you got that installing XP thing down pretty good!

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