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  • Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

    Hi,

    I had gotten virus and I tried to reinstall Win XP Pro SP2. It did not complete.
    I manged to restore all my files from a backup but now when I boot I am asked which OS to boot, Win XP Pro or Win XP Pro Setup.

    How do I delete the Win Xp Pro setup boot?
    How exactly should I edit the boot.inis below?

    Copies of the 2 current boot.ini files from System, Startup Recovery, Advanced, Settings.

    1) "Microsoft Windows XP Profressional Setup"

    [Boot Loader]
    Timeout=5
    Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
    [Operating Systems]
    C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup"
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /noexecute=optin

    2) "Microsoft Windows XP Professional/fastdetect/noexecute=optin
    [Boot Loader]
    Timeout=5
    Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
    [Operating Systems]
    C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup"
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /noexecute=optin

    Thanks in advance for the help.

  • #2
    Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

    The BOOT.INI file that is being accessed is on the root of the boot drive; in your case I suspect the C: drive. You should remove the protection, edit it so that it says the following, save it, and replace the protection.

    [boot loader]
    timeout=15
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

    IGNORE the space in "WINDOWS" and "Microsoft" above; the forum does that to prevent unbroken lines from screwing up the layout.


    Tom
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    • #3
      Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

      This is all relatively new to me so please bear with me.

      Which boot.ini should I change and and is:

      [boot loader]
      timeout=15
      default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
      [operating systems]
      multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

      the whole entry? That is exatly what the file should look like?

      Thanks again.

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      • #4
        Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

        You should modify the one in the root of the C: drive; so C:\BOOT.INI

        In fact, the best way is to use the tools provided - here I'll show you.

        Right-click "My Computer". Select "Properties".

        Click the "Advanced" tab.

        Select the "Startup and Recovery" "Settings" button.

        Click "Edit"

        Yes, the text I showed you is EXACTLY what it should look like.


        Tom
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        • #5
          Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

          Thanks. It set the default to:

          Microsoft Windows XP Professional/fastdetect/noexecute=optin

          One last question. There still is another one listed in the advanced settings:

          "Microsoft Windows XP Profressional Setup"

          [Boot Loader]
          Timeout=5
          Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
          [Operating Systems]
          C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup"
          multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /noexecute=optin

          Should I just delete that one?

          I appreciate your help.

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          • #6
            Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

            I'll say it again. Make your boot.ini look EXACTLY like the one in my post above. Nothing more, nothing less. Exactly the same.


            Tom
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            Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you

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            • #7
              Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

              I got impatient, I messed up, and ended up deleting the other boot.ini and now I only get the MS Win XP Pro Setup window asking me to insert WinXP Pro Setup disk and hit enter.

              When I insert the disk and hit enter the CD drive starts up and then stops and then I am asked to insert the CD again and it gets stuck in this loop.

              Currenetly I am at a library using their computer.

              Can you help me with this?
              Thanks.

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              • #8
                Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

                Sorry, no I can't.


                Tom
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                • #9
                  Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

                  personally i would say: re-format the machine and start from scratch.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

                    Thanks for your help Stonelaughter, I blew it.

                    Dumber, all I get now is the insert Win XP Pro Setup CD Screen. I do that it enter and the same screen comes up again, and again,and again....

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                    • #11
                      Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

                      Although you proved so far that you are not one of those who follow advices (so, I fully understand Tom), I am willing to give you my advice in this one:
                      As Dumber said, you should start from scratch. It will best, if you have another HD, to install it in the computer and disconnect the old one (don't take it out, just disconnect it).
                      Install OS and all the updates.
                      Install all software, the antivirus (and additional firewall, if you need any) first.
                      Shutdown the computer, reconnect the old HD (don't forget to jumper it properly, if needed) and move all your old data files to the new HD.
                      The process can be done on the old HD also, but I like always to start from really scratch.

                      Good luck.

                      Sorin Solomon

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                      In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
                      -
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                      • #12
                        Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

                        I understand and respect Tom's position and I appreciate you helping out.
                        I'll go out and buy a new HDD and start over.

                        Thanks

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                        • #13
                          Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

                          Originally posted by Novato48 View Post
                          I got impatient, I messed up, and ended up deleting the other boot.ini and now I only get the MS Win XP Pro Setup window asking me to insert WinXP Pro Setup disk and hit enter.

                          When I insert the disk and hit enter the CD drive starts up and then stops and then I am asked to insert the CD again and it gets stuck in this loop.

                          Currenetly I am at a library using their computer.

                          Can you help me with this?
                          Thanks.

                          maybe entering recovery console and using bootcfg command helps you to add a new boot entry but I think you formatted your computer am I wrong

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                          • #14
                            Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

                            Problem solved.

                            The blue screen “Windows XP Professional Setup insert CD and hit enter” loop that I kept getting is resolved.

                            The problem started when I impatiently deleted, from the System, Startup Recovery, Advanced, Edit settings, the file

                            1) "Microsoft Windows XP Professionals Setup"

                            [Boot Loader]
                            Timeout=5
                            Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
                            [Operating Systems]
                            C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup"
                            multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /noexecute=optin

                            I down loaded to a floppy the files Ntldr, Ntdetect.com, from a computer running Win XP Pro SP2, and created the boot.ini file

                            [boot loader]
                            timeout=15
                            default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
                            [operating systems]
                            multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

                            I ran it from the floppy drive and problem solved

                            Thanks to all for your help.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Dual Boot-Cleaning up Boot.ini

                              Well done - I have noted your contrition over the earlier events and that you have solved it in an innovative way using the information I gave you. Here - have some rep points for your trouble.


                              Tom
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                              Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you

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