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I'm getting an "Invalid Boot.ini file booting from C:\Windows\"
"NTDetect failed" message when starting up. The computer does NOT boot up, it remians in this loops and the same message continues. I do not have my XP cd. What can I do?

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Try running the XP repair. The administrator password is blank by default, so unless you actually set one, just press Enter.
If that works, type in:
COPY X:\i386\NTLDR C\:
COPY X:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:\
where X is the drive letter for your CD drive.
Remove the CD and type exit.
Reboot your machine and see if that has fixed the problem

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Simply type "FIXBOOT". Using the "FIXBOOT" command without any parameters will write a new partition boot sector to the system partition you are logged on to

Now reboot the computer. You should be able to log into Windows.

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Umm.. lessee... fixboot to the best of my knowledge only repairs the actual boot sector code ie the code that gets loaded into memory. I think what you need is bootcfg in Recovery Console. That can be used to detect and build a boot.ini file. A command sequence might be:
bootcfg /list -shows the current file.
bootcfg /scan -finds all Windows OS.
bootcfg /rebuild -you select and build a file.
You will need some sort of XP cd though, so just borrow one. Almost any XP cd will do.

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