Causes of dual boot boot.ini error message in Windows® 7
What are the causes due to which the error message "invalid BOOT.INI" appears in Windows 7 while creating a dual boot configuration?
Multi partition in your system allows you to install different Operating System in your two different partitions. This is also called dual boot system and there are many advantages for a dual boot system. The main advantage is that you could use dual Operating system in same system. From the boot menu you could choose one of the Operating System which you want to load. Today all computers come with hard drive capacity which is enough to occupy two Operating Systems simultaneously in different partitions. While you install both windows XP and Windows 7 Operating in same computer, you might get "Invalid BOOT.INI" error. Boot.ini is the first file which comes during the start up of Windows XP. It is also called C:boot.ini as this system file rests in the system root. Boot.ini is a plain text file and this is most important system file and hence attributes of this file is set as hidden. Location of Windows XP could be located only if you have this file.
Tips to fix “Invalid BOOT.INI” error and causes of the error are given below:
- Use installation disc
- Manual editing of boot.ini
- System restoration
Use installation disc
While you get “Invalid BOOT.INI” during booting of Windows XP in multi boot system, you need to add your Windows XP to boot.ini file. For this you need to boot from installation disc and then enter into Recovery Console by pressing R on boot process. Then list the boot.ini file and type bootcfg/rebuild and press enter. This command is used to scan the hard disk for Windows XP installation and you need to follow the instruction which follows. This could help you to add the Windows XP installation to this file. After the process you need to restart the system. Next time onwards you will get the message “Please Select the Operating System to Start” message.
Manual editing of boot.ini
As boot.ini is in text format you could edit this file using any of the available text editors like Notepad, Word etc. But this should be done very carefully as any unwanted change in the file could worsen the problems. The extension is needed to be kept the same and the incorrect edition could result unbootable system. So it is wise to use any of the other methods. Editing of boot.ini could change timeout and this could lessen the booting time.
Sometimes invalid BOOT.INI" error could happen while you boot due to missing boot.ini file. This file is located in C drive of your hard drive and this could be corrupted due to malware attacks. Also missing up of boot.ini could result by manual deletion of file too. In this case you could do system restoration using bootable installation CD.
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