Windows explorer won't see it unless you un-hide it. You need admin privileges to do that. Rather than step by step instructions, just google "display hidden files and folders in windows xp".
Windows XP Home Edition version 2002 SP3
I can't find my boot.ini file using the "search" function
only a boot.ini.backup
I have checked "show hidden files and folders" and unchecked
"Hide protected operating system files".
The BOOT.INI tab in msconfig shows the content of a boot.ini
file and using the settings tab in "Startup and Recovery"
I can edit the boot.ini file but it still isn't found