Quickly edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP

If you need to make changes to the way your systems starts up, you'll have to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP. Find out how to make this process easier by utilizing the Boot.ini tab in the System Configuration Utility.

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Have you ever needed to edit the Boot.ini file in order to make changes to the way your system starts up? If so, you know the drill. Show Hidden files, locate the Boot.ini file, disable the Read-only attribute, load the file into Notepad, make your alterations, and then re-enable the Read-only attribute.

However, there's an easier way in Windows XP. The System Configuration Utility includes a Boot.ini tab that offers a GUI way to add and remove entries to your boot.ini. Here's how to utilize the Boot.ini tab:

  1. Access the Run command and type Msconfig.exe in the text box and click OK.
  2. Select the Boot.ini tab.

Now you can now make any of the most common alterations to the Boot.ini file simply by clicking buttons and selecting check boxes or radio buttons. When you're done, just click Apply or OK. When you click OK, the System Configuration Utility displays a dialog box and prompts you to restart the computer in order for the changes to take effect.

About Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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