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Old 09-28-2004, 07:21 PM   #1
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XP -- boot.ini


Hello, I am not sure if anyone will be able to help me as I have asked many people who are not very familiar with this area. Anyway here it goes. I run windows XP on a laptop which was duel booted with Suse(school laptop) and by default it used the windows bootloader to choose between these.

I am still new to linux but feel more comfortable working with Mandrake so wiped the linux partition(s) in Computer Management/Disk Management and installed Mandrake 10.0. I am now using the linux bootloader, Lilo, but the windows bootloader was still coming up after choosing to log into windows so I cleared the boot.ini file. Fortunately this works but it does produce an error (INVALID boot.ini file) which is only up for about a second before it boots into windows.

This error doesn't cause any problems but its still there for that split second and perfectionist in me wants to fix it. So my questions I guess would be what would happen if I delete the boot.ini file? will my windows partition be cooked? I cant use fdisk to get into this to repair the file if it is and will have to get it re-imaged. Are there are series of files that need to be erased/edited? Do I have to change any registry entries?

Anyway thanks for any help someone is able to provide me, I would appreciate it

Warren
 
Old 09-28-2004, 07:27 PM   #2
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you can make a new boot.ini file with you note pad and save it as boot.ini to the root of C:, but, on a dual boot youll need linux to handle the MBR not Windows
 
Old 09-28-2004, 08:35 PM   #3
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so in that case can I delete the boot.ini file without running into errors? cause its not liking having the blank boot.ini file as it is right now.

thanks,

Warren
 
Old 09-28-2004, 08:42 PM   #4
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well...good advice....don't delete but rename it.
furthermore there is smth. wrong in that file.......
maybe post it.......( i'm not sure if that's allowed ???)

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Old 09-28-2004, 08:51 PM   #5
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You can use the Recovery Console, and then use the bootcfg.exe tool to rebuild the Boot.ini file
 
Old 09-28-2004, 09:07 PM   #6
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I wouldn't delete it or rename it. I'm surprised that it even booted when you cleared out the information.
To solve the original problem of the windows boot screen showing even though you are using the linux bootloader, change the boot.ini
timeout=0

If you don't have luck with the recovery console, here is an example boot.ini
Code:
[boot loader]
timeout=0
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
 
Old 09-28-2004, 11:23 PM   #7
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Thanks a ton guys for all the help you offered, the solution that worked for my situation was part of the code that Homey suggested, basically what I did was go back to my backup that I kept of the original boot.ini file and I cleared the suse linux part from the operating systems section and then the part that I took from Homey's code was the line

/NoExecute=OptIn

which I added after the windows XP entry and now all is golden! Thanks again everyone!!!

Warren

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