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Where is the boot.ini file in Windows 7?

Supposedly it's in the C: drive - I enabled hidden files and disabled Hide system files in the Folder Options but I still can't find it. Does anyone know where it is?

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There isn't a boot.ini in Windows 7. You can use msconfig to edit boot option however.

Windows 7/Vista has a hidden boot partition, containing the BCD - boot configuration data. Similar to boot.ini but you can't easily edit it like you can with notepad and XP. You can also use the bcdedit tool.

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Then what file does windows use to boot? if not boot.ini? – P'sao Oct 27 '11 at 1:46
    
Windows 7/Vista has a hidden boot partition, containing the BCD - boot configuration data. Similar to boot.ini but you can't easily edit it like you can with notepad and XP. You can also use the bcdedit tool: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709667%28WS.10%29.aspx – Paul Oct 27 '11 at 1:51
    
Ah, thank you very much. – P'sao Oct 27 '11 at 2:07
    
Or try EasyBCD...neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1 – Moab Oct 27 '11 at 17:08
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To answer the literal question, the boot data is stored in a folder named \boot on the system partition. In Windows 7, by default, the system partition does not have a drive letter assignment so you don't see it in Explorer. – Harry Johnston Oct 28 '11 at 0:10

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