- If you are using the classic client, or installed the premium client via the full client download you are not affected.
- If you upgraded from the classic client to the premium client, using the content upgrade via the patcher, or the stand alone patch may need to take the necessary precautions to ensure your computer's stability.
Can't see hidden files? Open and folder and under Tools > Folder Options > View and select "show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "hide protected operating system files."
Check to see if you still have a boot.ini file by going to Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Startup and Recovery > Settings (third button down). Windows will alert you if the boot.ini file is missing.
If you haven't restarted your computer yet and you have installed the premium patch client you can fix your boot.ini file by following these steps.
- Make sure your boot.ini is intact by opening up Internet Explorer and typing in the address bar: C:\boot.ini
- If a similar boot.ini loads you should be fine
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
- Double check the file by going to start > run > msconfig and select the Boot.ini tab and clicking on check all booth paths will tell you whether or not your boot.ini file is intact.
- If you need to rebuild your boot.ini file go to c:\windows\pss\boot.ini.backup
- Copy this file to c:\boot.ini
- If it says access denied edit the boot.ini and copy the content of boot.ini.backup to it.
- Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 to make sure it is a valid boot.ini
Boot from your OS CD, and follow the directions to start Recovery Console. Choose the corresponding number asked of you for your OS is on (normally it's #1) Type:
Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini
(Thanks to various EVE forum posters working diligently to get the word out and posting how-to-fix the problem)