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    ‘Invalid Boot.ini’ error appearing in Windows XP computer

    My PC running in Windows XP has been experiencing virus issues lately. I used an antivirus to clear all viruses in the computer. However, when I boot the system, ‘Invalid Boot.ini’ error keeps appearing. Once the error is displayed, I have to restart the system. I am unable to access Windows. What should I do to resolve this problem?

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    kumar12337 Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: ‘Invalid Boot.ini’ error appearing in Windows XP computer

    Hi dear friend........ to resolve this issue follow the below instructions

    first of all restart the PC....and press F8 key while it starting up
    then choose SAFE MODE option by using the Navigation keys

    after the login .....click the start menu> all programs> Accessories >> system tools

    now click on Recovery option......and click the NEXT

    and select restore the PC to earlier state option and click NEXT button

    now select the Date and time file option ....and click next

    finally click on SAVE SETTINGS AND RUN button....after that the process will begins........and then wait until the completion of process

    And also if you are unable to access the SAFE MODE option

    Simply .........re-install the OS again

    ALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    heemanshubhalla Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: ‘Invalid Boot.ini’ error appearing in Windows XP computer

    That usually means the c:\boot.ini file is missing, but you can replace it.
    To resolve this issue, start the computer from the Windows XP CD, start the Recovery Console, and then use the "Bootcfg.exe /rebuild" tool to rebuild the Boot.ini file.

    Here is an example of a simple c:\boot.ini file you can copy/paste the text to make a new file.:

    [boot loader]
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOW S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

    When you get that text entered into your text editor, do a Save As... and save the file as:


    Respond in the affirmative if asked to overwrite or replace the existing file.

    Then reboot your system.

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    adityaonline Array
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    Re: ‘Invalid Boot.ini’ error appearing in Windows XP computer

    Dear friend let me first introduce you to the boot.ini file.

    It is the text file that contains the ocation of the windows on the hard drive.

    See having a lot of the files on the hard drive and partitions it would be difficult for the bios to search for the operating system on the hard drive .

    Infact this file is present on every bootable media say floppy drivem Windows setup cd etc.

    Now as far as your question is concerned you will need to reinstal the windows .

    Because winows setup writes the boot.ini file and if it is corrupted then run the setup again.

    Remember to format the c drive and choose this to install the windows.

    Best of luck.



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    VinodKKumar Array
    Join Date
    Apr 2013

    Re: ‘Invalid Boot.ini’ error appearing in Windows XP computer

    Dear friend,

    The boot.ini files are not viruses. These are the files that tell the BIOS to boot from in Windows XP. This includes information
    about the operating system, partition on which operating system is installed, timeout, etc.
    These files can be modified by the viruses to infect your system during boot up time.
    The antivirus suspects this file to be a virus and take appropriate action according to virus definitions.

    To solve your problem: Open command prompt as an administrator.
    Type “bootcfg / ?” and press enter. Then type BOOTCFG /Query. This will show you the boot.ini file content.
    Check whether there is a change in the file (except the
    green terms) according to the sample file given below.

    Sample file:
    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

    The terms above are self explanatory.
    To edit the file open it with the notepad and edit according to your system.


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