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Q: Computer Operating System problem ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Computer Operating System problem
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: pugwashjw-ga
List Price: $5.50
Posted: 02 Apr 2004 05:15 PST
Expires: 02 May 2004 06:15 PDT
Question ID: 323992
At startup, my Win XP system shows " Boot.INI file not found  Booting
from C. I have seen this question put previously. In my case, by
accident, I found this file in NOTEPAD. I dragged and dropped it into
WINDOWS. On checking its new home, I found it had changed itself to
simply "Boot" and somehow had lost the .INI  What did I do wrong. Any
help appreciated.
Subject: Re: Computer Operating System problem
Answered By: skermit-ga on 02 Apr 2004 05:41 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello pugwashjw-ga,

I want to make sure first that file extensions and system files are
viewable. You might have changed "boot.ini" and saved it as
"boot.ini.txt" or "boot.txt" and in the explorer window, you would
only see "boot". To turn on viewing of file extensions and system

open up "My Computer"
click on the "Tools" menu and select "Folder Options"
click on the "View" tab
under "Hide files and folders" select "Show hidden files and folders"
uncheck "Hide file extensions for known file types"
uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

Now that you've enabled viewing of file extensions as well as system
files, navigate to C:\ and look for "boot.ini.txt" or "boot.txt" or
boot.something. Open the file in a text editor and make sure that it
looks like this if you only have one operating system on your PC (i.e.
just Windows XP and not Windows XP and also Windows 98):

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
Professional" /fastdetect

If your "boot.ini" does not look like that, you can go ahead and copy
and paste what I've written and save it as "boot.ini". The last step
is to open C:\ again and see that you've actually saved it as
"boot.ini" and notepad didn't automatically tag on a .txt extension
making it "boot.ini.txt". If you need more help or would like to read
in detail how to edit your "boot.ini"  in Windows XP, please follow
the link below to Microsoft's Knowledge Base.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 289022:;en-us;289022&Product=winxp

Thank you for your question, and I'm glad I could help.


Request for Answer Clarification by pugwashjw-ga on 02 Apr 2004 07:45 PST
Hi Skermit. Thanks for the answer so far. I`m not too good at this,
but gave it a try. Did all that you suggested and became quite leery
when severe warnings popped up. In the list under "hide files and
folders" , the item "show hidden files and folders I think was
checked. the item was not one you mentioned. I may have miskeyed it.
How should it be? I went to "C" and searched for boot files. there
were 46 separate ones. But no boot.ini.txt. or boot.txt  Could you
more clearly explain about how I open a file in Text Editor. Is this
my "WORD' program. As Homer would say,  "Duh!" You really lost me
there!. I have put everything back as it was until I get your reply.
If necessary, I`ll have to get in one that is smarter than I. Thanks,
until your reply. Pugwashjw.p.p.s. I have printed it all out , so as
not to mess anything up.

Request for Answer Clarification by pugwashjw-ga on 02 Apr 2004 07:58 PST
Back again, Skermit. I remember that when I found the boot.INI file in
NOTEPAD, I thought it was a mistake, and shifted it like I said. After
reading the info, from M.,soft 289022, that is exactly where THEY put
it and I should have left it alone. Still does not solve the problem
that if it was in NOTEPAD, why does startup procedure on the black
background say it cannot be found? Leave it with you. thanks.

Clarification of Answer by skermit-ga on 02 Apr 2004 08:14 PST
Good to see you're having some luck so far. You shouldn't have to
search for it,  it should be in your root directory meaning it should
be c:\boot.ini. Have you tried just making a new one in notepad and
then renaming it like I suggested? Just copy and paste the quoted part
of my answer and you should be good.

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