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Missing Boot.ini File


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#1 craiglieberman

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Posted 24 May 2007 - 10:07 AM

I had a bad virus...took me using a CD to load ComboFix to my infected computer to fix it to this point...still not 100%. My computer had been stuck with NO desktop Icons, even in Safe Mode, so it was clearly some type of virus, I suspect Virtuamonde, as PCDoctor found that and deleted it.

Now, when booting, the screen says "Invalid Boot.INI file Booting from C:\Windows"

Current state:

Can boot only in Safe Mode.
Desktop icons are back. Can connect to and see contents of my files.
Printers, external drives are not connecting and no internet


Here's some of what I did previously;
Ran AVG
Ran PC Doctor
Ran VundoFix
Ran Panda
Ran Hijack This
Ran SmitFraudFix
System Restore

Reinstalled XP using recovery disk 1;
INstalled ComboFix, at which point my desktop icons were recovered....but again, only in Safe MOde.

Have rerun HijackThis, VundoFix and SmitFraudFix.

How do I get this Boot.INI issue resolved so I can boot normally?

Edited by craiglieberman, 24 May 2007 - 10:26 AM.


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Posted 24 May 2007 - 10:17 AM

How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP might be a start,

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Posted 24 May 2007 - 10:23 AM

Windows NT, 2000 and XP use a configuration (initialization) file called Boot.ini to control how the operating system is booted and any startup options. This file is used by Windows as a way to display a menu of operating systems currently on the computer and allowing you to select which OS to load. It is also used to point to the locations of each of the operating systems. By modifying the startup switches you can manage the boot process including booting Windows in Safe mode, creating a log file, or disabling the splash screen.

The issue you describe may occur if the Boot.ini file is missing, damaged, or contains incorrect entries. See "Invalid Boot.ini" or "Windows could not start" error messages, "Boot.ini Options Reference" and "How to rebuild the Windows boot.ini".
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Posted 24 May 2007 - 11:44 AM

Windows NT, 2000 and XP use a configuration (initialization) file called Boot.ini to control how the operating system is booted and any startup options. This file is used by Windows as a way to display a menu of operating systems currently on the computer and allowing you to select which OS to load. It is also used to point to the locations of each of the operating systems. By modifying the startup switches you can manage the boot process including booting Windows in Safe mode, creating a log file, or disabling the splash screen.

The issue you describe may occur if the Boot.ini file is missing, damaged, or contains incorrect entries. See "Invalid Boot.ini" or "Windows could not start" error messages, "Boot.ini Options Reference" and "How to rebuild the Windows boot.ini".



Ok...did all this and now the computer boots, but now it boots in a circular reference.

Another words, I boot it, I first get the Dell screen, then Windows XP screen, then, just when it feels like it's going to boot, it takes me back to the Dell screen....it's a big circle that I can't get past unless I boot in Safe Mode.

Any suggestions?




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