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Isn't MSCONFIG supposed to have a BOOT.INI option ?

Posted on 2009-05-20
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I remember getting a "boot.ini" tab in msconfig.
I am not getting that option when I run it.
Could there be a setting someplace that's supressing it ?
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Question by:ccbon
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by:Michaelj42
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Perhaps this will help.

http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootini.htm
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by:KCTS
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To get to Boot.ini right click "my Computer", selectm Properties and then on the Advanced Tab, select Start Up and recovery settings and click EDIT to edit the boot.ini file
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by:ccbon
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Thanks Michaelj42 and KCTS.
I tried everything that was suggested by the link you provided, but neither of the two areas they said to check was a problem;  one was to check for a possible permissions problem, but I was able to START/RUN/ boot.ini without a problem so that wasn't it.  The other was a possible registry entry but mine didn't have the problem entry.
KCTS, when I rightclick on MY COMPUTER, then PROPERTIES, I don't get an  startup and recovery settings when I choose ADVANCED.  What I get instead is the standard advanced options for the shortcut (e.g., run with different credentials, run in separate memory space).  

I do know how to get at boot.ini - it isn't that I want to access it and can't, but rather I want to know why it doesn't appear in msconfig like it's supposed to.
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by:eXpeLLeD_4RM_heLL
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Open Regedit and navigate to:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig. In the right-pane, delete the value named Boot.ini  (if found).
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by:ccbon
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hi, thanks eXpeLLeD4, I did that, and there's no 'boot.ini' there.
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by:Michaelj42
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ccbon, you need to add boot.ini to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\state so it should look like the picture below.

http://www.techimo.com/forum/applications-operating-systems/172381-boot-ini-doesnt-show-up-msconfig.html

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by:ccbon
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Michaelj42, thanks - I made that change but it didn't work.
I also tried it with a value of '2' for bootini and that didn't do it either.
I did reboot after each change.
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by:Michaelj42
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Could you post the contents of your boot.ini file? I'm wondering if rebuilding the boot.ini might fix this.
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by:ccbon
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Sure. Attaching a copy of the boot.ini file.
bootinicopy.txt
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by:ccbon
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PS !!  I want to add "noguiboot" to it, but I'm afraid that will truncate the line, and I don't know the correct syntax for continuing a line on the next one !!!!
That's one of the reasons I really want to get to it via msconfig, because when it's working right, msconfig lets you just check off a box for 'noguiboot'  and I don't have to worry about making an error editing the file.
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by:Michaelj42
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Just open boot.ini in notepad and add the /noguiboot on the end of the boot option you want to modify. If word wrap is on in notepad (although it makes no difference) you can turn it off so it appears all on one line.

I'm coming up dry on why it will not open in msconfig, one thing I didn't ask is whether you boot from C: drive. If boot.ini is not on C then it will not show up in msconfig.
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by:Michaelj42
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You'd do it like below.
[boot loader]
timeout=1
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" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noguiboot

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by:eXpeLLeD_4RM_heLL
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by:ccbon
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My root directory is I:, not C: - only because I bought this as a bare-bone system and put it together myself, when I plugged in the hard drive I used the socket on the motherboard at the end - the WRONG end.  

I will try the couple of solutions suggested.

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OK, that's the problem then, I've read that msconfig looks for boot.ini on your C drive. If it isn't here, no boot.ini tab.
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by:ccbon
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What a stupid default.  I can't be the only one that doesn't use drive letter 'c' for the hard drive.  
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by:Michaelj42
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Yes, a bit odd. Here's another source saying the same thing, be sure to read page two.

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/631026-solved-boot-ini-tab-missing.html
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by:ccbon
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Hi.  I thought I'd accepted and closed this question 2 days ago.  I must have screwed up somehow.  My apologies.

Thanks so much for all the replies.

I accepted Michaelj42's solution telling me the cause is my non-standard drive letter assignments.  It's a satisfactory solution because it makes sense, and if I couldn't fix it, I at least wanted to understand why.

Thank you .
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by:ccbon
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A good, concise answer.  Much appreciated.
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