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Boot.Ini Missing

by haris703 / July 31, 2005 7:29 PM PDT

OS>>WinXp Pro
HDD>>40GB with 3 partitions
Memory>>768MB

Dear Sir.

Boot.Ini tab missing from System Configuration Utility when log into msconfig--Please help to get back.

Thanks in advance
Haris

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What Happens?
by phantazy / July 31, 2005 9:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Boot.Ini Missing

What happens if you try Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>System> System Properties>Advanced> Start up and Recovery>Settings>Edit? Can you see the boot.ini file? If so don't edit it before saving it.

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Yes, I can
by haris703 / July 31, 2005 10:47 PM PDT
In reply to: What Happens?

Thanks for your prompt reply/help

Yes, I can and already save in the folder. But how
come I can't find the Boot Ini tab in the msconfig.
Please provide more help.

Thanks
haris

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One half correct
by phantazy / August 1, 2005 12:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Boot.Ini Missing

Well at least you have a boot.ini file, otherwise Windows would probably not load at all. Try going to boot from Windows CD, choose Recovery Console, and type C : fixmbr,
if your O/S is on C drive. Then see if msconfig has adjusted.

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Still can't find
by haris703 / August 1, 2005 3:09 AM PDT
In reply to: One half correct

Dear all
Thanks for your help

To
Dear Paul Roantree

I did as what you say, but still can't find BOOt.Ini in the msconfig.
This is how I after type D:fixmbr>>enter
System shown " The new master boot record had been successfully written"
D:\window:exit.
More help please.
Thanks
haris

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Your words + Google = a possible fix.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2005 12:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Boot.Ini Missing
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Can,t find any answer to my problem in Google
by haris703 / August 1, 2005 3:17 AM PDT

Dear R Proffitt
Thanks for your help.
Anyway, I can't find any likely answer to my problem in Google.
Kindly, show me which is the correct answer to pick?

Thanks in advance
haris

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I used the first one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2005 3:22 AM PDT

Sadly many will not be able to accomplish it. It involved deleting a registry entry.

Bob

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No Boot.Ini found in Registry
by haris703 / August 1, 2005 3:49 AM PDT
In reply to: I used the first one.

Dear Proffitt
Thans for your help.
I go to Regedit:-
>>Hkey
>.LOCAL
>>MARCHINE
>>SOFTWARE
>>MICROSOFT
>>SHARED TOOLS
>.MSCONFIG---Only found the following:-Service/startup folder/startupreg/State. AND NO BOOT INi so far. Till here, I can't go any further except ask four help.
MORE HELP PLEASE.
Thanks
haris

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I often have to...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2005 3:53 AM PDT

Delete what's in that key. MSCONFIG rebuilds it when run. I use the articles to remember what key to go to.

Best of luck.

Bob

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OS Load Option ?
by haris703 / August 1, 2005 5:39 PM PDT
In reply to: I often have to...

Dear Proffitt

Thanks for your prompt reply/help

Please allow me to show you how I rebuilt the boot Ini with the following problem:-
1. I boot into CD rom
2. Chose R for repair
3. I type bootcfg /rebuild
Next system show total identifed install:1
[1]: D:\windows
Add installation to boot list? (yes/No/All):I select Y
Enter Load identifier:1
Enter Os Load Option: ? I don't know what

Kindly tell me what is that, where can I get from?

Sincerely yours
haris

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From memory
by phantazy / August 1, 2005 6:08 PM PDT
In reply to: OS Load Option ?

I seem to recall that this is just what you want to call your O/S, typically :'Microsoft Windows XP Professional' or whatever; in fact it's just an identifier.

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Os Load option
by haris703 / August 1, 2005 6:37 PM PDT
In reply to: From memory

Dear Paul Roantree
Thanks for your reply

Anyway, Were you say just type OS in the "Enter OS Load Option:OS". Is that the way?

Please help
Thanks
haris

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Boot Screen
by phantazy / August 1, 2005 8:08 PM PDT
In reply to: Os Load option

Well it all depends on your system but what you type in the OS loader is what the installation will be called on the computer, so if you type 'x' then the installation will be referred to as x in windows. Mostly the boot screen says 'Microsoft Windows XP Professional' or 'Home'if you have that. So If I were you I would type that, whcih is the default, if you hadn't encountered these problems.

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Just a note.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2005 10:35 PM PDT
In reply to: OS Load Option ?

I didn't supply any bootcfg or such repair method. When I've seen that issue, I used that article to head to the registry key in question.

Bob

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Direct Answer
by haris703 / August 2, 2005 1:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a note.

Dear Proffitt

Thanks for your help.
After reading your reply, I knew that I applied a wrong method.
However, could you kindly give a direct answer to my problem rather than I apply the wrong method again.

I am anticipate for your great help

Thanks
haris

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10 times and 10 times never the same fix.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2005 1:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Direct Answer

Sorry, but after 10 times, the solution was never exactly the same. As there was no repeated cure but rather it was always the same registry key I would clean up, I shared the article or link that I use to remember where the key was.

As there is no repeatable cure, I can only guide but can't give a "do this" answer. You need to use the information to find the key, delete the entries in that key since MSCONFIG will rebuild them the next time it's run. But I've written that.

Best of luck,

Bob

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Give Up
by haris703 / August 2, 2005 1:55 AM PDT

Dear Proffitt and other helpers
Thanks for your great help.
I think I have to give up .

Sorry for spending so many time with me.

Thanks
haris

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Do tell.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2005 2:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Give Up

Did you delete the items in the noted key?

Bob

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noted key
by haris703 / August 2, 2005 3:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Do tell.

Dear Proffitt
Thanks for your help
Yes,If the noted key is refered to regedit under the MSCONFIG but after restart, it appears again without boot.ini except Service/startup folder/startreg/state.

Thanks a lot
haris

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In detail...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2005 3:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Boot.Ini Missing

Tell if the key was empty or not. I can't tell from your last post if:

a. You deleted what was in it.
b. If you did anything with the key.

I read your replies twice and you have not been sharing what you've done.

Bob

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noted key
by haris703 / August 2, 2005 3:52 AM PDT
In reply to: In detail...

Dear Proffitt

1. I went to regedit:-Hkey/Local/Machine/Microsoft/Shared tools/Msconfig right click and deleted 4 items--(Service/startup folder/startupreg/state. After reboot, I go back to regedit and found the 4 deleted items there again.

2. I also went to MSCONFIG can't find boot.ini tab

3. Anyway, if I right click on My Computer/property/under Startup and recovery/click on setting/edit, and from there I can see boot.ini

Thanks
haris

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Problem Statement? Is it the same?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2005 4:01 AM PDT
In reply to: noted key

Your subject is a little off. Here's the problem I've been focused on. If it's not the problem at hand then I'm looking for the wrong answers.

PROBLEM STATEMENT: The BOOT.INI tab is missing from MSCONFIG. The BOOT.INI file is not missing.

IN ADDITION: The issue occurs in safe mode with the administrator login as well as my administrator capable accounts.

If the issue is not as above, please issue a new problem statement so I can look into that.

Bob

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Problem statement
by haris703 / August 2, 2005 6:57 PM PDT

Dear Proffitt

Sorry for the confusing statement the way I put in, for the simple reason is that I am just a normal PC user,know nothing about troubleshooting and PC jargon.

I think I have to re-phrase it to make it clear.
1. I go to MSCONFIG I can't find the BOOT.INI tab in the system configuration Utility---(It may be Boot.Ini files is missing or corrupted.>>>I just get this knowledge from google).

2. I can find BOOT.INI by right clicked on My Computer/Property/Advance/Click Setting under Startup and Recovery/Click Edit

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS=''Microsoft Windows XP Professional'' /fastdetect.

3. Now,my problem is I want to get back BOOT.INI tab in the System Configuration Utility. Right now, I only have General/System.Ini/Win.Ini/Service/Startup tabs in the system configuration utility.

4. Through this Cnet Forum here, I learnt to know that BOOT.INI is a vital tool to boot up system. As such, I so anxious to get it back for the good of the future.

5. I hope this time you will get what I want and also sorry for the inconvenience caused and the time you put in.

Thanks
haris

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Read it again please.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2005 10:01 PM PDT
In reply to: Problem statement

I noted the ADMINISTRATOR logon in SAFE MODE. You didn't comment about that.

-> I apologize for the grinding of the words, but the issue needs a little clarification since we're not there at your PC.

Bob

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Safe Mode
by haris703 / August 2, 2005 11:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Read it again please.

Dear Proffitt
Thanks for your help.

Well, I logged into Safe Mode as Administrator and tried 3 areas,such as:-
1. REGEDIT-found the same 4 items without BOOT INI as normal Windows but I did not do anything.

2. Go to MSCONFIG, found no BOOT INI tab in the system configuration utility as the normal windows.

3. Again,right clicked on My computer/Property/Advance/Clicked Setting under Startup and Recovery/clicked Edit and found BOOT INI there as the nomal Windows.

In short the 3 areas which I checked is the same as the Normal Windows I have posted here.

Above all is what I understood what you want me to check on the Safe Mode. Hopefully it won't wrong again.

Thanks with thousand apologize.
haris

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Thank you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 3, 2005 12:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Safe Mode

That gave me a clear picture. No need to apologise on your part. I just want to be clear on the problem.

But I forgot to note a scenario that the tab goes missing and there is no known cure yet.

-> The boot drive is not C:

I don't recall if you noted what the boot drive letter is.

Bob

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Thanks God
by haris703 / August 3, 2005 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you.

Dear Proffitt
Thanks for your prompt reply

What I want to say is I managed to answer your question.

When I tried on bootcfg /rebuild on the CMD prompt, it shown D:/Windows. I think it was the indication of D:is the boot drive letter.

Hope that the indication will help you to help me.

Thanks
haris

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No known cure by me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 3, 2005 2:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks God

That's what I was afraid of. You can call that into Microsoft but this is another one of those anomalies caused by Windows not being on C: for the boot drive.

Maybe they'll fix it someday.

Bob

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Thanks
by haris703 / August 3, 2005 1:18 PM PDT
In reply to: No known cure by me.

Dear Proffitt

Thanks for your great effort to help me, even there is no known cure from you.

I think it is time to drop this topic.

Once again thanks a lot
haris

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