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Thread: using knoppix: i need to find where the boot ini xp file

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    using knoppix: i need to find where the boot ini xp file

    i've lost it all and kinda need to get it all back xtrra problems (xp) refuses to load citing it cant find the boot ini file as fate would have ive sat on the disk a week prior and the back up os of win2k bluescreens can any help me please to locate where the boot ini file would be for xp if as ive loaded knoppix and i cant for the life of me find it. please help.

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    It's hidden file in C:

    Have you tried booting the XP CD and running the commands fixmbr and fixboot from the recovery console?

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    i dont have my xp disk anymore so i cant use the repair console

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    is there no way of acessing it from knoppix or is that a lost cause

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    or can i use the 2k cd to fix it all

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    I don't think 2k will let you login to the recovery console in order to repair an XP install. If you know someone who you can borrow an XP disk from that'd be the easiest fix.

    If your XP partition is not formatted in NTFS you could fix the boot.ini file from Knoppix.

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    im sure if it is partioned on ntfs to be honest but if it is do u no how i could do it.

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    Boot the CD

    Mount the XP partition (probably /dev/hda1)
    Change the read-write mode

    ^ Both of those can be done in KDE by right-clicking the drive icon and choosing those options. If the drive is NTFS, it will complain when you try to enable write mode.


    Assuming it is FAT32, you would then run these commands from a terminal

    su
    cd /mnt/hda1
    kedit boot.ini

    The default boot.ini file would look like this:

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

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    I think a win2k CD should be able to help you restore the NT boot loader, otherwise just borrow an XP one as suggested.

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    the drive is ntfs is there no way except to get an xp cd

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