I stopped a full or clean install of Windows XP on my Windows ME computer once I figured out it would probably want to format my disk and wipe out all the data I have on it.
The setup routine would not give me an option to do an update, my only choice was a full install
Whenever I started the computer, it wanted me to continue the XP install or boot into windows, which I thought was annoying.
Without giving it much thought, I deleted 3 files in the root c: directory that I had noticed the XP install had written there, one of them being the boot.ini file. What a dummy!
Now, I can't start my computer up, it just keeps giving me the error messages:
invalid boot.ini file booting from c:\windows
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
What do I need to do to be able to start the Windows ME system so that I can recover the files I deleted and access the data i still have on it?