Invalid BOOT.INI file, Booting from c:\windows\

By sapu
Dec 30, 2007
  1. The error message:
    Invalid BOOT.INI file, Booting from c:\windows
    It happens every time I boot up. It only effects my computer when I have my storage hdd added onto the list. If I have it added onto the list, I can't open any file. If I have it not connected to the computer, it works fine, I just lose access to all my files.
    It's been working for a year. This is a random event. I have never edited my boot.ini file.

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    "storage hdd added to the list" means what? What kind of a storage hdd is it and how are you connecting it?
  3. sapu

    sapu TS Rookie Topic Starter

    When I turn off the computer, disconnect the wires, turn it back on.
    What kind of storage? What else is there? My OS and other HDD are both ntfs. I don't do FAT32, and my Linux is on a totally different computer.
  4. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595


    Your boot ini should only contain bootable OSs.

    To view or edit the boot ini :

    Right click My Computer/Properties/Advanced/Startup and Recovery setttings/Edit

    If you only have one bootable OS eg XP Home

    the boot ini should be -

    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home" /fastdetect
    You can also repair the boot ini with the XP CD/Recovery Console.See HERE
  5. sapu

    sapu TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So for windows XP Professional, I'd replace "home" with "Professional" right?
  6. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Yup ! That is correct.
  7. sapu

    sapu TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Will this allow me to access my second hdd? (G:\)
    It's formatted with NTFS, and only has data on it (Programs, games, audio, video)
  8. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    If your second drive is attached as "slave" if it`s IDE,

    or just attached, if it`s SATA,and Windows recognizes it,yes.
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