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Thought I was past due on making a How-to, so I figured now is as good as time as any. The purpose of this how-to is for the user to be able to repair his boot.ini file which was damaged either in a Windows upgrade or other scenario.

*Note this How-to was intended for Windows XP users*

1. The first, step is to insert your Windows XP


2. Restart, If the cd is auto-detected push any key to boot from cd. If the cd is not automatically detected press F8 during the post, and select your CD/DVDdrive. If you are still unsucessfull in booting from cd, you can enter BIOS by tapping delete during post, and changing the boot order of your devices. (Put the CD/DVD drive first)

3. Push R to run Recovery Console


4. If required, type the number of your target operating system at the prompt, if also required, type in your password.

5. Type in bootcfg /rebuild at the prompt.
a. Prompt Add installation to boot list?
b. Prompt Add installation to boot list? Select Yes
c. Prompt Enter load identifier Type in the exact name of your OS i.e Windows XP Home Edition
d. Prompt Enter OS Load Options: Type /fastdetect


6. Type Exit Your Finished!

Hope this helps someone out.
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very nice How-to. i'm sure it will come in very handy to many people.
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Thanks, wasnt sure where to post it as this is my first : )
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With Vista, it is easier to use Vista Startup Repair or EasyBCD
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Tks Reaper
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Nice How To Bro

you can also edit it by loading it as a secondary hdd and editing the .ini file yourself it's what i did and it was pretty quick and easy but im sure there's a downside to doing this somehow..
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Nice How To Bro

you can also edit it by loading it as a secondary hdd and editing the .ini file yourself it's what i did and it was pretty quick and easy but im sure there's a downside to doing this somehow..
Hehe sounds like a quick fix if you have an extra HDD with the same OS. Nice tip!
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ok ihave been having trouble with the boot.ini everytime i boot it up it ask for a effen password that you cant remove unless you reinstall the boot.ini


(securestar is the program) i DL that program to test it out then when it was over i removed it but it didnt remove the boot password so i need super help with boot.ini i dont have the CD that you use i only have the system recovery part 1,2,3


help me please thanks
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ok ihave been having trouble with the boot.ini everytime i boot it up it ask for a effen password that you cant remove unless you reinstall the boot.ini


(securestar is the program) i DL that program to test it out then when it was over i removed it but it didnt remove the boot password so i need super help with boot.ini i dont have the CD that you use i only have the system recovery part 1,2,3


help me please thanks
I don't get it, the password you're talking about is applied to the bios or to your win xp account?
    
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the program that i used is applyed to the boot.ini its not when you go to admin and put it in a pass when you just turn on your comp or restart secaurestar will ask for a password that is hidden in the boot.ini
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