Unable to boot in Windows XP error" invalid boot.ini file".


I am having a problem on my desktop HP XP  computer.  I cannot get it to boot,  I have finally resorted to Recovery which   is stuck at about 23% and has been going for a little more than an hour.  The first file it coould not open was windows\ime\chsime\AXEL.DAV  and then a whole slew of them including CONFIG.SYS, IO.SYS, MS-DOS.SYS     boot.ini.  Should I just junk it?  The original message  was invalid boot.ini file.




1.       Have you tried booting in safe mode?

2.       Are you referring to recovery console or are you trying to restore the computer to factory settings?



Follow method 1 if you have not tried booting in safe mode.


 Method 1:


Step 1: Check the issue in safe mode. 

A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP




If step 1 works try step 2



Step 2:  


How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state




Note: After troubleshooting, follow the section “Steps to configure Windows to use a Normal startup state”from the article mentioned above.



Method 2:


"Invalid Boot.ini" or "Windows could not start" error messages when you start your computer: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330184

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Last updated December 21, 2017 Views 997 Applies to: