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Ipod missing Boot.exe with Windows.


When I plug my IPod 30G Video into the computer and try to open it from "My Computer", by double-clicking on the Ipod Drive, an error message pops up. It says "Windows cannot find 'Boot.exe'. Make sure you type the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search".

What does this mean? This did not happen before. I just started happening a few weeks ago. I can access the Ipod drive only by going to the drive directly from the Folder view on the left side of Windows Explorer.
it means a file which the auto run looks for is not there. to view it under windows explorer simply right click and select "explore"
You may want to restore and update the software/firmware on your ipod through iTunes. Sometimes the firmware becomes corrupted when there are questionable music or video files are loaded onto the ipod or if you use it as an external hard drive.
Handyman wrote:
You may want to restore and update the software/firmware on your ipod through iTunes. Sometimes the firmware becomes corrupted when there are questionable music or video files are loaded onto the ipod or if you use it as an external hard drive.

Yup. It's important to have good taste, otherwise it'll mess up your iPod. You might want to reconsider your music and video preferences.

Kidding aside, yeah, update your firmware. That *should* clear up any problems.
If updating the firmware doesn't work, just restore your ipod to factory settings but make sure you backup your music files first.
Thanks guys. I'll try to update the firmware through iTunes. I haven't added new music for a long time. The problem must have been caused because I use it as an external hard drive. I'll post the outcome of the update soon.

in iTunes, is "Enable Disk Use" ticked in your ipod preferences?

iPods/iTunes uses no boot.exe, so either windows has messed up, or you've got a virus/trojan attaching itself to external devices... at a guess.
Got it. (

It's a virus, and it spreads via removable drives - in this case, your ipod.

Removal (according to symantec):
The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.
Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP).
Update the virus definitions.
Run a full system scan.
Delete any values added to the registry.

For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP)
If you are running Windows Me or Windows XP, we recommend that you temporarily turn off System Restore. Windows Me/XP uses this feature, which is enabled by default, to restore the files on your computer in case they become damaged. If a virus, worm, or Trojan infects a computer, System Restore may back up the virus, worm, or Trojan on the computer.

Windows prevents outside programs, including antivirus programs, from modifying System Restore. Therefore, antivirus programs or tools cannot remove threats in the System Restore folder. As a result, System Restore has the potential of restoring an infected file on your computer, even after you have cleaned the infected files from all the other locations.

Also, a virus scan may detect a threat in the System Restore folder even though you have removed the threat.

For instructions on how to turn off System Restore, read your Windows documentation, or one of the following articles:
How to disable or enable Windows Me System Restore
How to turn off or turn on Windows XP System Restore

Note: When you are completely finished with the removal procedure and are satisfied that the threat has been removed, reenable System Restore by following the instructions in the aforementioned documents.

For additional information, and an alternative to disabling Windows Me System Restore, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article: Antivirus Tools Cannot Clean Infected Files in the _Restore Folder (Article ID: Q263455).

2. To update the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions.

If you use Norton AntiVirus 2006, Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0, or newer products, LiveUpdate definitions are updated daily. These products include newer technology.

If you use Norton AntiVirus 2005, Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 9.0, or earlier products, LiveUpdate definitions are updated weekly. The exception is major outbreaks, when definitions are updated more often.

Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted daily. You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site and manually install them.

The latest Intelligent Updater virus definitions can be obtained here: Intelligent Updater virus definitions. For detailed instructions read the document: How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater.

3. To run a full system scan
Start your Symantec antivirus program and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files.

For Norton AntiVirus consumer products: Read the document: How to configure Norton AntiVirus to scan all files.

For Symantec AntiVirus Enterprise products: Read the document: How to verify that a Symantec Corporate antivirus product is set to scan all files.

Run a full system scan.
If any files are detected, follow the instructions displayed by your antivirus program.
Important: If you are unable to start your Symantec antivirus product or the product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, you may need to stop the risk from running in order to remove it. To do this, run the scan in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, How to start the computer in Safe Mode. Once you have restarted in Safe mode, run the scan again.
After the files are deleted, restart the computer in Normal mode and proceed with the next section.

Warning messages may be displayed when the computer is restarted, since the threat may not be fully removed at this point. You can ignore these messages and click OK. These messages will not appear when the computer is restarted after the removal instructions have been fully completed. The messages displayed may be similar to the following:

Title: [FILE PATH]
Message body: Windows cannot find [FILE NAME]. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

4. To delete the value from the registry
Important: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified subkeys only. For instructions refer to the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry.
Click Start > Run.
Type regedit
Click OK.

Note: If the registry editor fails to open the threat may have modified the registry to prevent access to the registry editor. Security Response has developed a tool to resolve this problem. Download and run this tool, and then continue with the removal.
Navigate to and delete the following entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run\"(Default)" = "QQUpdate.exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run\"load" = "QQ.exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run\"msn" ="msn.exe"
Restore the following registry entries to their original values, if required:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\"Start Page" = ""
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Page" = ""
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Page_URL" = ""
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Search_URL" = ""
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page" = ""
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Page" = ""
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Page_URL" = ""
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Search_URL" = ""
Exit the Registry Editor.

... of course, other Free virus checkers ( would probably do the same job in steps 1-3, but step 4 is fairly important Very Happy
Hey asim,

Step 4 that you mentioned is a scam by the looks of it. Why would I want to have that website as my Default Search and Start pages anyways?

By the way, I've run a full virus scan but to no avail. I'm still getting the same error message when I double-click on the iPod drive from My Computer.
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