No boot.ini file


N

no one

I am running windowsxp pro
I had been getting the ntlrd file missing.
Somehow I got to windows and now I tryed to go into system restore and it
told me no boot.ini file did I want to make one.
I said yes.
well now my boot.ini file is blank.
I am afraid to try to boot from the cd since it didnt work befor. got to
windows using a floopy called ntlrd fix.exe from a support site.
can anyone help??
thanks
 
J

John John

Copy and past this to the file:


[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect


That will work if Windows is on the first partition on your first disk.
If Windows is on a different disk or partition then you will have to
change the rdisk and partition fields accordingly, for example:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

points to the second partition on the first disk.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

points to the first partition on the second hard disk... and so on.

You can use the msconfig utility to verify the validity of the entries.

John
 
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N

no one

thanks for your quick nreply.
I have two phycial drives.
I THINK that one has C: and D;: on it and the other is my F: drive.
C and D are NTFS and F is Fat 32. does any of this make any differance now??
THANKS!!!


John John said:
Copy and past this to the file:


[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect


That will work if Windows is on the first partition on your first disk. If
Windows is on a different disk or partition then you will have to change
the rdisk and partition fields accordingly, for example:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

points to the second partition on the first disk.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

points to the first partition on the second hard disk... and so on.

You can use the msconfig utility to verify the validity of the entries.

John

no said:
I am running windowsxp pro
I had been getting the ntlrd file missing.
Somehow I got to windows and now I tryed to go into system restore and it
told me no boot.ini file did I want to make one.
I said yes.
well now my boot.ini file is blank.
I am afraid to try to boot from the cd since it didnt work befor. got to
windows using a floopy called ntlrd fix.exe from a support site.
can anyone help??
thanks
 
N

no one

Sorry for got to include that in msconfig the boot.ini tab... shows it as
blank And it wont open the advance tab.says it encountered a problem and
needs to close...
hmmmm thanks!!!




John John said:
Copy and past this to the file:


[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect


That will work if Windows is on the first partition on your first disk. If
Windows is on a different disk or partition then you will have to change
the rdisk and partition fields accordingly, for example:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

points to the second partition on the first disk.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

points to the first partition on the second hard disk... and so on.

You can use the msconfig utility to verify the validity of the entries.

John

no said:
I am running windowsxp pro
I had been getting the ntlrd file missing.
Somehow I got to windows and now I tryed to go into system restore and it
told me no boot.ini file did I want to make one.
I said yes.
well now my boot.ini file is blank.
I am afraid to try to boot from the cd since it didnt work befor. got to
windows using a floopy called ntlrd fix.exe from a support site.
can anyone help??
thanks
 
R

Ramesh, MS-MVP

The bootcfg command can be used to rebuild the boot.ini from the Recovery Console. For more details, check these articles:

Description of the BOOTCFG Command and Its Uses:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317521
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307061

<excerpt>

The bootcfg /rebuild command scans your computer for Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 installations, and then displays the results. From this screen, you can add the detected Windows installations to the Startup menu.

When you enter this command, you receive a message similar to the following:
The Windows installation scan was successful.

Note: These results are stored statically for this session.
If the disk configuration changes during this session,
in order to get an updated scan, you must first reboot
the machine and then rescan the disks.

Total identified Windows installs: 2

[1]: C:\WINNT
Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All):
When you type y, and then press ENTER, you receive the following message:
Enter Load Identifier:
Type the description of the installation that you want displayed on the Startup menu. For example, type Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and then press ENTER.

You receive the following message:
Enter OS Load Options:
Type the operating system load options that you want. For example, type /fastdetect, and then press ENTER.

© 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
</excerpt>

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]
Windows® XP Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


I am running windowsxp pro
I had been getting the ntlrd file missing.
Somehow I got to windows and now I tryed to go into system restore and it
told me no boot.ini file did I want to make one.
I said yes.
well now my boot.ini file is blank.
I am afraid to try to boot from the cd since it didnt work befor. got to
windows using a floopy called ntlrd fix.exe from a support site.
can anyone help??
thanks
 
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J

John John

NTFS or FAT32 it doesn't make any difference to the boot.ini file. The
important thing is that the ARC path points to the proper location of
the WINDOWS folder. You can do it by trial and error or you can do as
Ramesh suggested in his post and use the bootcfg /rebuild command to
rebuid the file. If you want to do it by trial and error then put this
in the boot.ini file:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 01"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 02"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 03"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 04"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 11"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 12"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 13"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 14"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

That file will give you the option of booting on 4 different partitions
on the first 2 hard disks. The "Windows XP 01, 02, 03 ..." numbers are
just identifiyers that will allow you to identify and keep the correct
line that is used to boot the operating system. If you copy and paste
this to the boot.ini file and then save the file, the msconfig tool
should see all the entries and then scan your drives and inform you of
invalid entries. If none of these show as valid then the rdisk(#) would
need changing other valid numbers would be 2 & 3, that would point to
Hard disks 3 & 4 respectively:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 21"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 22"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 23"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 24"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(3)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 31"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(3)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 32"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(3)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 33"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(3)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 34"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Don't try to stick all these lines in the boot.oni file at once because
the maximum number of lines in the [operating systems] section of the
Boot.ini file in Windows NT/2000 is 10 and I think that the same applies
to XP. Any additional lines will not show on the boot menu at startup time.

John

no said:
thanks for your quick nreply.
I have two phycial drives.
I THINK that one has C: and D;: on it and the other is my F: drive.
C and D are NTFS and F is Fat 32. does any of this make any differance now??
THANKS!!!


Copy and past this to the file:


[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect


That will work if Windows is on the first partition on your first disk. If
Windows is on a different disk or partition then you will have to change
the rdisk and partition fields accordingly, for example:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

points to the second partition on the first disk.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

points to the first partition on the second hard disk... and so on.

You can use the msconfig utility to verify the validity of the entries.

John

no one wrote:

I am running windowsxp pro
I had been getting the ntlrd file missing.
Somehow I got to windows and now I tryed to go into system restore and it
told me no boot.ini file did I want to make one.
I said yes.
well now my boot.ini file is blank.
I am afraid to try to boot from the cd since it didnt work befor. got to
windows using a floopy called ntlrd fix.exe from a support site.
can anyone help??
thanks
 

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