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Windows 7: "Access denied" boot.ini

25 Oct 2009   #1
Keln

 
 
"Access denied" boot.ini

Ok, I have XP and Win 7 setup in dual boot mode, but I can't run XP because (I am pretty sure) the boot.ini file I have in Win 7 now is pointing to the wrong disk and partition for the location of XP. So I wanted to edit the boot.ini file and change the numbers so that it would point to the correct one. But when I go to save changes I keep getting "Access Denied" message. I have admin privileges, so I don't understand why it won't let me write to it. Is there a security setting I need to change so that I can edit this file?


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25 Oct 2009   #2
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

You have to take off read-only mode in the file's properties. Reset after done.

If boot.ini needs to be edited, XP will show missing NTLDR upon bootup.
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25 Oct 2009   #3
Keln

 
 

Alright, nevermind, I figured it out. I am posting this from XP

What I did was make a new boot.ini and save it somewhere else, then copy-->paste it into C:/ on Windows 7. When it went to overwrite it I had to give admin permission to do it, and it worked. The new file points to the right location and all is well.
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25 Oct 2009   #4
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Awesome. Glad to hear it. These can get tricky sometimes and I see you weren't having none of that! heh heh
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25 Oct 2009   #5
Keln

 
 

Yeah, it looks like the way the security works in W7 is not to make it impossible to do anything, just make it difficult. I guess its fine to protect the computer from the computer-illiterate, but I wish you could turn that kind of thing off for us people that know what we're doing. Or at least those of us who think we do. I have every right to screw up my computer dang it.
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25 Oct 2009   #6
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

That read-only is on there because malware had a habit of messing with that file. It's a security precaution.
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25 Oct 2009   #7
Keln

 
 

Yeah, that's the thing, it didn't have read-only checked.
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