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Invalid Boot.ini File May Cause Data Loss

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Is your computer unbootable after upgrading to Microsoft Windows XP? Are you getting errors in the Boot.ini file? This behavior may occur if your system has an invalid Boot.ini file and thus can not boot. In such situations, you are not allowed to log into your system and access the data stored on Windows hard drive. It leads to significant data loss, if there is no backup in place. In such circumstances, you need to use Windows Data Recovery Software to extract lost data.

As a practical instance, you may come across one or both of the below error messages when you boot your Windows-based computer after upgrading to Microsoft Windows XP:

Invalid Boot.ini

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

In the event of these error messages, your system refuses to boot up and data remains inaccessible. To gain access of your mission-critical data in such cases, you are required to find the root cause of this problem and perform Windows Recovery by fixing it.

Grounds of the problem:

This problem may take place if Boot.ini file of your Windows computer is damaged, missing, or contains invalid entries.

Microsoft Windows operating system uses Boot.ini file for determining which OS options to show during startup. By default, this file is not flagged as read-only file and usually doesn't need any kind of manual modification.


To fix the problem, boot your system from Windows XP boot CD, start Recovery Console, and then use Bootcfg.exe utility for rebuilding Boot.ini file. Follow the below mentioned steps to do so:

Boot your system from Windows XP CD.

Get into Recovery Console by pressing R key when you receive “Welcome to Setup” message.

Type administrator password when you are prompted and press Enter key.

Type bootcfg /list and press Enter key.

Type bootcfg /rebuild and press Enter.

Quit the Recovery Console and reboot your system.

If the above method can not help you fix the problem, format your Windows hard drive and reinstall Microsoft Windows XP. However, this process removes all the data from your hard drive and causes severe data loss. In such cases, Windows Data Recovery becomes need of the hour.

Recovery is possible with powerful third-party tools, known as
windows data recovery Software. The applications are particularly designed to thoroughly scan entire hard drive and ensure safe, quick, and easy recovery.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery software recovers lost, missing, deleted, and inaccessible Windows data in all cases of data loss. It supports Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000. The software recovers data from FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS, and NTFS5 file system partitions.

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