I have done a search for this information with no success and hope that someone here knows the answer.
I use Acronis TI to backup my system and wondered if there is any way of using it to repair the boot.ini file alone. I have search the ATI archive but have not seen the file anywhere - I expected it to be in the C:root if it was visible.
The reason I ask is that I have found that turning off the USB scanner sometimes corrupts/deletes the file necessitating a repair via the XP Repair Console - a longer task than would be a simple use of the ATI archive.
On boot between the BIOS and Windows screen it tells me the boot.ini is invalid and it is booting from C:Windows. This is not a particularly unusual fault and it has the corrective action I`ve outlined - but is long winded.
I should also point out that when the boot.ini file becomes corrupt, it is possible to access the backup (used by the C:Windows boot) but not (to my knowledge) easy to replace it by say a copy/paste process.