The default location for the boot.ini file is the C: directory, or the root directory. It may be hidden by one's system settings by default, to prevent any alteration or deletion of this important file.Know More
To edit it, the C: directory must be configured to display hidden files. The extension ".ini" is for initialization files, containing information used when the operating system, or other pieces of hardware, are first started up. The boot.ini file tells Windows what to do when it is first started up, how long to wait for the user to select what operating system is used, and what hard drive the operating system is on.
Fixing a missing boot.ini file can be done through the XP Recovery Console, by typing the "bootcfg /rebuild" command and hitting enter. Then, typing "yes" once the scan is completed, and then listing what operating system to use. Finally, type in "/fastdetect", and then hit Enter. This process will require the Windows disc to be inserted.Learn more about Computer Help
Use the Windows Audio Properties to install an active mixer device. Though Windows XP normally starts the Windows Audio service during the sound card installation process, it sometimes fails to start. Choosing Automatic Startup ensures the active mixer device works correctly each time you log in.Full Answer >
There are different reasons why a boot drive may becoming inaccessible. If the computer gives the inaccessible boot drive error after a Windows update, then there are several things that can be done.Full Answer >
If the computer only has one operating system installed, safe mode can be accessed by pressing and holding the F8 key as the computer starts. If multiple operating systems are installed, the F8 key should be pressed when the desired operating system is highlighted. For Macs, safe mode is accessed by pressing and holding the shift key immediately after the startup sound.Full Answer >
To boot a computer from a USB drive, connect the USB device to the computer, restart the computer, press the F2 key on your keyboard to access the BIOS menu, then locate the boot option. Some computers require you to press the F10 or Del key to access the BIOS menu.Full Answer >