and I have never had to do this myself so you try it at your own risk.
Others here may have a better solution.
The link below takes you to a web page that suggests two utilities;
THPC's Rescue Boot Disk or Use EditBINI
The next link gives sample boot.ini content;
Not to rub salt in the wound, but your comment about 'important files' inevitably leads me to ask, "where are your backups?"
I'm an idiot and messed up my boot.ini file. Unfortunately, I can't use the bootcfg /rebuild option in windows recovery. An error is displayed "Failed to successfully scan disks for Windows installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt file system...". I think it is b/c I'm using an OEM Windows XP cd.
Is there any other way I can edit the boot.ini. I just need to freaking reset it. I messed the boot.ini up so bad that it doesn't detect any windows installations at all
I have a LOT of important stuff on this computer.