Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-22-2008, 04:00 PM   #1
Baseband Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 42
Default "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

No idea how this happened. Turned off my PC (Dell Dimension 3000) last night, there were no issues. Turned it on today, and I am seeing the following message:

Invalid Boot.ini

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

Windows\System32\Hal.dll

My computer wasn't working that well a few months ago, and I wanted to do a full system restart. Problem is Dell never gave me the restart/recovery cd for windows, so, I downloaded one from a torrent website. It wasn't an "official" windows of course, it was windows XP for the most part, with the theme of windows vista, and other tweaks. Anyways, it worked fine. Couple days ago, my computer again was having issues, so, I decided to put that cd in and start from scratch again. Like I said, there were no issues the first time I used that cd and windows for several months, and even last night, there were no issues, but now windows won't start.

My biggest issue is I have many important files saved on that computer. I also have a laptop, and I decided to do a recovery on the laptop the other day as well -- I actually had the cd for that one. I put many of my important files on the laptop to a flash drive, and then transferred them over to the PC, and then cleared out my flash drive. I was going to put the files on the PC back onto a flash drive and transfer them back to the laptop, but now I obviously can't get the PC to work!

Is there ANY way I can get the PC to load up windows in a way that I can just move my documents/files back onto my flash drive? I tried safe mode, but I keep getting that error message. I really need those documents/files, and so, I don't want to do a system recovery or whatever until I can get those files onto a flash drive. Is it possible?
__________________

2004 GT RagTop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2008, 04:29 PM   #2
Fully Optimized
 
wol-va-rine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,104
Default Re: "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2004 GT RagTop View Post
No idea how this happened. Turned off my PC (Dell Dimension 3000) last night, there were no issues. Turned it on today, and I am seeing the following message:

Invalid Boot.ini

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

Windows\System32\Hal.dll

My computer wasn't working that well a few months ago, and I wanted to do a full system restart. Problem is Dell never gave me the restart/recovery cd for windows, so, I downloaded one from a torrent website. It wasn't an "official" windows of course, it was windows XP for the most part, with the theme of windows vista, and other tweaks. Anyways, it worked fine. Couple days ago, my computer again was having issues, so, I decided to put that cd in and start from scratch again. Like I said, there were no issues the first time I used that cd and windows for several months, and even last night, there were no issues, but now windows won't start.

My biggest issue is I have many important files saved on that computer. I also have a laptop, and I decided to do a recovery on the laptop the other day as well -- I actually had the cd for that one. I put many of my important files on the laptop to a flash drive, and then transferred them over to the PC, and then cleared out my flash drive. I was going to put the files on the PC back onto a flash drive and transfer them back to the laptop, but now I obviously can't get the PC to work!

Is there ANY way I can get the PC to load up windows in a way that I can just move my documents/files back onto my flash drive? I tried safe mode, but I keep getting that error message. I really need those documents/files, and so, I don't want to do a system recovery or whatever until I can get those files onto a flash drive. Is it possible?
all you have to do is borrow a hard drive enclosure from a friend or buy one, hook it up to your laptop and then just find your files and copy them over...
__________________

__________________
MY INTARDNET BEAST ■ Antec 300 ■ Q6600 B3, 2.8GHz @ 1.325v ■ MSI X48C Platinum ■ Kingwin XT-1264 ■ Visiontek HD 4870 512MB ■ 4x1GB Transcend aXeRam DDR3-1800 @ 1400MHz ■ WD Raptor (160GB) ■ Western Digital (250GB) ■ Samsung (640GB) ■ Seagate (500GB) ■ WD Caviar Green (1TB) ■ OCZ ProXStream 1kw ■ Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum ■ JVC HA RX900 ■

ME ■ I am bald and my head is lumpy...fear me ■
wol-va-rine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2008, 04:55 PM   #3
Baseband Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 42
Default Re: "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

I'm not sure how to do that, can you explain further?

The files I need to retrieve are on my PC which has the boot.ini error message and won't load up. I tried safe mode, but I still get that error message.
2004 GT RagTop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2008, 05:36 PM   #4
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Re: "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

You could try a repair install. That will reinstall XP and leave all your files and programs intact. You'll just need to reinstall the drivers and updates.

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2008, 07:26 PM   #5
Baseband Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 42
Default Re: "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

That's the thing, Dell never gave me the Windows XP cd. I had to download a modified version of windows from a torrent website, and that cd does not have any such recovery option, just a full reboot.

I do have a windows xp recovery cd that came with my sony vaio laptop. But, can I use that for a "repair install" on the dell pc, or will it be incompatible?

Like I said, it's really about finding a way to get to those files and saving them to my flash drive. I want to make sure whatever I do, does not delete those files.
2004 GT RagTop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2008, 12:06 AM   #6
Baseband Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 42
Default Re: "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

Friendly bump.
2004 GT RagTop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2008, 03:18 AM   #7
Guru
 
JogaBonito1502's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 7,841
Default Re: "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

Do you have a second desktop computer that you could plug the HDD as a slave or secondary unit?
JogaBonito1502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2008, 03:49 AM   #8
Fully Optimized
 
wol-va-rine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,104
Default Re: "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2004 GT RagTop View Post
I'm not sure how to do that, can you explain further?

The files I need to retrieve are on my PC which has the boot.ini error message and won't load up. I tried safe mode, but I still get that error message.
*hdd = hard drive...

1. open your case...
2. take out your hdd...
3. take the hdd to a store (preferably one that sells computer stuff, not the grocery store )...
4. ask someone who works there for an external usb hdd enclosure that would be compatible with your hdd (IDE, SATA, etc.), if possible, see if they'll install your hdd into the enclosure...
5. buy it, go home, plug it into your laptop's usb port and start transferring files over from your hdd to your laptop...
6. put your hdd back into the case and reinstall windows...

a relatively cheap solution if you don't know how to or can't fix the boot problem...
__________________
MY INTARDNET BEAST ■ Antec 300 ■ Q6600 B3, 2.8GHz @ 1.325v ■ MSI X48C Platinum ■ Kingwin XT-1264 ■ Visiontek HD 4870 512MB ■ 4x1GB Transcend aXeRam DDR3-1800 @ 1400MHz ■ WD Raptor (160GB) ■ Western Digital (250GB) ■ Samsung (640GB) ■ Seagate (500GB) ■ WD Caviar Green (1TB) ■ OCZ ProXStream 1kw ■ Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum ■ JVC HA RX900 ■

ME ■ I am bald and my head is lumpy...fear me ■
wol-va-rine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2008, 03:53 AM   #9
Baseband Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 42
Default Re: "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

Joga: I do have a working laptop, will that suffice? I don't have another pc, but I can borrow one of my friends old pcs that he never uses. Though I don't really know what a hdd is, or what process you are suggesting, can you exploan further? I'm definitley not very computer savvy when it comes to the technical/more in depth aspect.
2004 GT RagTop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2008, 09:45 AM   #10
BSOD
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 10
Default Re: "Invalid boot.ini", need help!

if you can;t do it yourself give it someone who can.

I wouldn't play around with the inside if you don't know what your doing.

Messing with harddrive could break it.
__________________

dUALbiosv45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:19 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0