It appears that the smooth patch that everyone had hoped for, for todays Trinity update for Eve Online, did not go quite as neatly as planned, with CCP reporting that the patch was breaking XP.
The patch contained a line of code that was deleting boot.ini from Windows XP. For those fo you who aren't aware, boot.ini is required for your PC to boot, and without it, you need a boot disk to get back into your OS.
Please do not reboot your computer without reading this information and determining if your system might be affected.
(Note that Windows Vista is not affected)
If you are only using the Classic client or installed the Premium client using the full Premium installer than you are not affected.
If you upgraded from the Classic client to the Premium client, using the content upgrade, then please read on.
Check the root directory of your hard drive and see if you have a boot.ini file, if so then you are not affected. The file is normally hidden so you need to click Tools : Folder Options : View and select "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" to be able to see it.
You can also check for the presence of this file by clicking Start : Control Panel : System : Advanced : Startup and Recovery : Settings (third button down). Windows will alert you if the boot.ini file is missing.
If there is no file then please read the following articles:
- How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP
- "Invalid Boot.ini" or "Windows could not start" error messages when you start your computer
Contents of a sample boot.ini:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional Edition"
More information can also be found here.
We are working on a solution for this and will have more information as soon as it's ready.
*** New Info @ 0800 *** Read this post for an alternative way of replacing boot.ini. - Mindstar
We apologise for this and are working as best we can to find a solution.
Eve Online Development Team
It appears now that the offending line of code has been removed from the servers and no problems should be encountered whilst patching.