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Hello, I have 2 Operating Systems in a computer namely Windows XP(SP3) in C:\ & Windows Server 2003 in D:\ . I've deleted the file BOOT.INI accidentaly form X:\ drive(X:\ means all drives like C:\,D:\,......I:\), considering it as virus file. It's location is X:\boot.ini by default. Is that file was virus? After that incidence, During the every booting my computer tells me: Invalid BOOT.INI file Booting from C:\WINDOWS\ and starts the XP operating System automatically without asking for Server 2003. There is no good guide for this situation on the internet. The problem is that i dont have my xp cd so i cant get it from there!!! So how can i get this file back??

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Solution:

i)  I understand what ru trying to say, I'm afraid that iam not providing u with the right solution,                 however  would try my level best:

    a boot.ini file   contains this text for Windows XP;


[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

so i want u type this text exactly in an note pad and save it as boot.ini and copy it from where you detled it.....hope so it works....

try making some changes to it(so that it will be Microsoft Windows 2003 server.....as it is the text for Microsfot Windows XP Professional)

note(imp): here "noexecute=optin /fastdetect "  comes next to the "Microsoft Windows XP                                 Professsional" which is above it....

                            (OR)

when logon into Windows XP go to start button----->Click on Run------>type msconfig in text box----->
highlight BOOT.ini, you will see the above text ......

 

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Hi,
That's not a virus. Boot.ini is a default file needed for Windows OS to boot.
Fortunately, you can recreate the boot.ini files

This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition. [boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Simple way to add operating system on a separate partition:
At the command prompt, type: bootcfg /copy /d Operating System Description /ID# Where Operating System Description is a text description (e.g. Windows XP Home Edition), and where # specifies the boot entry ID in the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file from which the copy has to be made.


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    buchin Dec 28, 2008

    Hi,
    That's not a virus. Boot.ini is a default file needed for Windows OS to boot.
    Fortunately, you can recreate the boot.ini files

    This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition.


    [boot loader]

    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

    [operating systems]

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

    Simple way to add operating system on a separate partition:
    At the command prompt, type:

    bootcfg /copy /d Operating System Description /ID#

    Where Operating System Description is a text description (e.g. Windows XP Home Edition), and where # specifies the boot entry ID in the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file from which the copy has to be made.

    Please rate this if you found this answer helpful. :)



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    buchin Dec 28, 2008

    Hi,
    That's not a virus. Boot.ini is a default file needed for Windows OS to boot.
    Fortunately, you can recreate the boot.ini files

    This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition.


    [boot loader]

    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

    [operating systems]

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

    Simple way to add operating system on a separate partition:
    At the command prompt, type:

    bootcfg /copy /d Operating System Description /ID#

    Where Operating System Description is a text description (e.g. Windows XP Home Edition), and where # specifies the boot entry ID in the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file from which the copy has to be made.

    Please rate this if you found this answer helpful. :)



  • buchin
    buchin Dec 28, 2008

    Hi,
    That's not a virus. Boot.ini is a default file needed for Windows OS to boot.
    Fortunately, you can recreate the boot.ini files

    This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition.


    [boot loader]

    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

    [operating systems]

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

    Simple way to add operating system on a separate partition:
    At the command prompt, type:

    bootcfg /copy /d Operating System Description /ID#

    Where Operating System Description is a text description (e.g. Windows XP Home Edition), and where # specifies the boot entry ID in the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file from which the copy has to be made.

    Please rate this if you found this answer helpful. :)



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SOURCE: BOOT.INI deleted. How to re-create this file?

Hi,
That's not a virus. Boot.ini is a default file needed for Windows OS to boot.
Fortunately, you can recreate the boot.ini files

This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition. [boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Simple way to add operating system on a separate partition:
At the command prompt, type: bootcfg /copy /d Operating System Description /ID# Where Operating System Description is a text description (e.g. Windows XP Home Edition), and where # specifies the boot entry ID in the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file from which the copy has to be made.

Please rate this if you found this answer helpful. :)


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That's not a virus. Boot.ini is a default file needed for Windows OS to boot.
Fortunately, you can recreate the boot.ini files

This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition. [boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
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