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#1 cutefairy

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 08:44 PM

old pc has windows xp on it. but gets a boot error INI : then boots from c:/windows/ and boots up . ok so only one usb port works thats for my wireless keyboard other usb wont detect external usb devices. the dvd drive doesnt work. under boot options its listed to boot from dvd/cd drive , hdd-0, some other device starts with L then some number is this network? then other devices is enabled so it can search. im trying to fix for a friend. so i cant replace parts she just wants to get it working the hdd only has 10 gB on it so keep in mind its old. any advice.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 10:15 PM

Hello cutefairy -
As you know how to access BIOS to see the boot order, please change it.
Can you set the HDD (C:Drive) as your first boot, and if it is listed, your USB as second, with CD / DVD third option.
Then across to "Exit and Save Changes" reboot and see the result.
Let me know the results. :)

Thank You -

Edited by noknojon, 27 November 2011 - 10:16 PM.


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Posted 27 November 2011 - 11:36 PM

ive already tried that didnt work , i mean im not saying windows wont boot at all... it just has that invalid boot INI then like i said says c:/windows/ then just boots up like normal but obviously its not normal if there is an error. thank you~!

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:41 AM

Let's have a look at the contents of that boot.ini file and see what is invalid about it:
  • Right-click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab
  • Under Startup and Recovery, click on Settings.
  • Under System Startup, click on Edit "to edit the startup options file manually".
    A Notepad window will open displaying the contents of the boot.ini file.
  • Copy the entire contents of the Notepad window, and paste in your next post.
    Close the Notepad window (without making any changes) and click on Cancel > Cancel to close the remaining two windows.

Edited by AustrAlien, 28 November 2011 - 03:44 AM.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:32 AM

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thats all i got no file exists it asked me if i want to create one

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:43 AM

You have found the problem with the boot.ini file .... there isn't one: You need to create one.

Choose Yes to create a new file.

I expect you will then see prompts that will go something like ...

The exact wording will depend on your setup, but after a few moments you'll see a prompt that says something like:
Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
[1] C:\Windows
Add Installation To Boot List?

Assuming the information you see is correct, enter "Y" and press <ENTER>
Bootcfg will start the process of rebuilding the boot list to include the indicated Windows installation.

You will then be asked to "Enter Load Identifier"
This is the name of the operating system that will appear in boot menus.
Type "Microsoft Windows XP Professional"
OR ... "Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" ... and press <ENTER> (no quotation marks)
Next you'll be asked to "Enter OS Load Options"
For a normal installation, enter "/fastdetect" and press <ENTER> (no quotation marks)

Let us know if you have any problems creating a boot.ini file that works properly (no error message).

Edited by AustrAlien, 29 November 2011 - 12:47 AM.

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