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#1 moomoo

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 09:20 AM

Well I was looking around my System32 just locating stuff making sure evrything waz ther and loooking at stuff for my friend who had a virus. He waz missing his ntoskrnl so i searched evrything and it says things bout boot.ini..so i go looking for boot.ini...not ther..im like "ok well mayb its hidden" i look in my hidden system files its still not there. i search it and nothing..except 1 item.."boot.ini.backup" i have no flippen clue wer it is...i think im running on a backup but my computer is running fine no BSOD's no restarts no nothing...could some 1 tell me if its hidden somewer else or if its actaully gone and how to fix it..thanx

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 11:36 AM

I was looking around my System32

The boot.ini file is not located there. It is simply on your C: drive. And yes it is hidden, so to see it you have a couple of options:

Start > My Computer > C: > Tools > Folder Options > View tab

Select "Show hidden files and folders" and UNcheck the next two selections:
  • "Hide Extensions for Known File Types"
  • "Hide Protected Operating System Files (recommended)"
Now you will receive a warning dialog box, just click "Yes" and then "Apply" and "OK". Now your boot.ini file should be visible to you.

Another way to see it's contents is to go to:

Start > right click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery Settings > Edit
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 11:38 AM

ok i did the first think be4 is wat i meant by "checking my hiddens" and nvr found but ill try second 1 thanx m8

ok well im guessing this is it?

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

sounds like it lawl thanx a million man

Edited by moomoo, 14 July 2006 - 11:40 AM.


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Posted 14 July 2006 - 11:47 AM

sample default Boot.ini.
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 11:53 AM

ok well im guessing this is it?

Yes, that is it. In your case your computer is being told to start Windows XP Home automatically at bootup. Quite normal.
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 12:56 PM

sample default Boot.ini.


thats for pro tho it isnt same as mine...

but thers sumthing i dont understand...
usually all comps hava like an actual FILE of boot.ini...i dont except for that stupid backup.. meh oh well as long as im running its all that matters and besides i might get an X64 for my b day

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 01:07 PM

sample default Boot.ini XP Home. Scroll down to the topic title "How to make a Floppy Boot Disk with a Windows XP"
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 01:31 PM

uhhhh thats weird...mines has 2's in it not 1's like this

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 02:02 PM

usually all comps hava like an actual FILE of boot.ini...i dont except for that stupid backup

I pointed out in post #2 how to find the actual file. Follow the directions CLOSELY.
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 03:23 PM

yea i kno but wer is it...like wers it placed..

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 04:03 PM

yea i kno but wer is it...like wers it placed..

Ummm. I don't know what else to say. I answer your question in post #2. It tells you exactly where it is placed and how to see it.
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Posted 15 July 2006 - 07:45 AM

Print this for reference

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 08:23 AM

The file is there or your computer wouldn't boot.

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 08:54 AM

s0z albert im a lil retarded i found it...thanx m8 and it still would boot cuz i have a backup on...wat surprised me waz that its a config settings file..is that wat ini means? lawl im good with comps and files but i dont kno tons bout .ini's

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 08:58 AM

INI extensions contain configuration information for MS-Windows. Two.INI files, WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI, are required by MS-Windows. In addition, many applications have their own.INI files.




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