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Booting error window 2003 server is not booting and giving boot.ini file is invalid error.

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What I would do is take the hard drive (1) out of that machine and put into an another pc - xp would be fine. Now go to the root of harddrive (1) and edit the boot.ini file. you will see an entry similar to this ......
[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" /FASTDETECT

All you need to do is make sure you know which disk you're using (c drive is 0 usually) and the partition should be set to 1 for regular installations.

Did you add any drives lately? or make any changes to your OS?

Posted on Jun 15, 2008

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Invalid boot.ini when starting PC


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How to make Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition see more than 4GB RAM


Issue – After upgrading a server to Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition and adding additional memory, the OS still shows only 4 GB of RAM.

Additional Information – Physical Address Extension (PAE)

In Windows Server 2003, PAE is automatically enabled only if the server is using hot-add memory devices. In this case, you do not have to use the /PAE switch on a system that is configured to use hot-add memory devices. In all other cases, you must use the /PAE switch in the Boot.ini file to take advantage of memory over 4GB.

The newer Dell servers are capable of using hot-add memory devices, but the older servers do not.

If you upgrade an older Dell server and are experiencing the issue above, make the following change to the boot.ini file.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS
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Add the /PAE flag to the end of the boot device. Then reboot the server.

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I have 2 HDD's in my PC - both with Win XP Prop


Boot.ini is correct, but looks default is booting from Disk2 and partition 1 which is your G:\ 500 GB.

Try Copying boot.ini from c:\boot.ini to g:\boot.ini It might help

In your example I see missing "\" after partition(1), may be typing mistake, but in real time can generate error.

You boot.ini looks exactly same in both drive c:\ & G:\

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="GUY DRIVE XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Note: boot.ini will be hidden and readonly file. You need to unhide the file and remote the read only option and then only you will be able to save the boot.ini file

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You have not mentioned which Operating System . If its for 2003 follow the steps.
To install the Recovery Console as a startup option:
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  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type the following line, where drive is the drive letter of the computer's CD drive or DVD drive that contains the Windows Server 2003 CD, and then click OK: drive:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

    To install Recovery console as a startup option for Windows Server 2003 x64 edition, type the following line: drive:\amd64\winnt32.exe /cmdcons
  4. Click Yes when the message appears, to install the Recovery Console.
  5. When you receive the message that states that the Recovery Console is successfully installed, click OK.
  6. To use the Recovery Console, restart the computer, and then use the ARROW keys to select Microsoft Windows Recovery Console in the Please select the operating system to start list.
uparrow.gifBack to the top How to Remove the Recovery Console loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); As a precaution, do not remove the Recovery Console. However, if you want to remove the Recovery Console, you must do so manually.

To remove the Recovery Console, follow these steps:
  1. Restart the computer.
  2. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  3. Turn on the Show hidden files and folders option (if it is not already turned on). To do so, follow these steps:
    1. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    2. Click the View tab.
    3. Click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box (if it is selected), and then click OK.
  4. Double-click the drive letter that represents the hard disk on which you installed the Recovery Console.
  5. Delete the Cmdcons folder from the root folder, and then delete the Cmldr file. To do so, follow these steps:
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    2. Right-click Cmldr, and then click Delete. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen, and then click Yes to confirm the deletion.
  6. Remove the Recovery Console entry from the Boot.ini file. To do so, follow these steps.

    WARNING: Incorrectly modifying the Boot.ini file may prevent your computer from restarting. Make sure that you delete only the entry for the Recovery Console.
    1. At the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties. Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.
    2. Open the Boot.ini file in Notepad.
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BOOT.INI deleted. How to re-create this file?


type in run "cmd" then presss enter then type "bootcfg /?" it gives u some help .

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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...


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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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.

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