EVE Online Trinity Patch Corrupts Windows XP

EVE Online Trinity Patch Corrupts Windows XP

eveonline.jpgTrinity, the latest content update for the sci-fi MMO EVE Online, is overwriting an important boot file required by Windows XP. As you can guess, the bug prevents affected systems from starting. Not only is this stopping people from playing the game, it’s making it rather hard for them to do much with their PCs at all.

There are three ways to update to Trinity – using a classic patch, classic to premium and full premium. It’s the second of these that’s causing the problem. The update comes with a file called “boot.ini”, which just so happens to be the exact same name for a critical file of Windows XP’s bootstrap. For some reason, the update overwrites this file, even though it resides in a completely different directory.

EVE Online developer CCP has confirmed that the bug exists and has posted various solutions on the game’s official forums. It’s my understanding that CCP is working on a fix.

Only Windows XP machines are affected, so Vista users and users of older versions of Microsoft’s operating system can sleep easy.

Boot.ini problems [EVE Online forums, via Atomic]


  • This is the sort of mistake that destroys companies. I hope CCP survives this because I’d rather like to work in Iceland someday.

    The specific reason for the boot file being replaced is that in the install script, the installer is told to replace “/boot.ini” instead of “boot.ini” This means that it applies the changes to the file in the root directory instead of the Eve one. I suspect that one little “/” is going to cost a lot of money and quite possibly a lot of jobs too.

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