EVE Online gamers have discovered that the MMORPG's latest "Trinity" patch has a chance of seriously affecting Windows XP PCs. Upgrading the EVE Online client from "Classic" to "Premium" using the patch will delete the "boot.ini" file in the Windows directory, rendering the PC unable to boot into . Note that this glaring issue will only occur if the EVE Online client (patched in this way) shares the same partition as the Windows XP installation. The issue also does not effect gamers on Windows Vista, Linux or Mac OS X.
EVE Online developer CCP has naturally addressed the issue, and is urging WinXP gamers who upgraded from Trinity Classic to Premium to... not reboot their computer until they can confirm whether or not they have lost their boot.ini file. This helps gamers who have yet to patch, but it's cold comfort for the "early adopters" who had to learn the hard way. CCP is pointing gamers to this Microsoft support article outlining how to remedy the issue of a PC which can't boot into WinXP as a result of an "invalid Boot.ini". It's handy info, but we've always wondered how helpful these sort of articles are when you can't read them... precisely because you can't boot into your OS. Print it out now and save it for a rainy day!
ASSUME THAT YOU HAVE BEEN EFFECTED BY THIS.
Now answer the following Questions.
Am I running Windows Vista? Yes - I am not affected. Am I running Linux or OSX(Mac)? Yes - I am not affected.
Am I running Classic Client? Yes - I am not affected. Did I install from the Premium Full Installer? Yes - I am not affected.
Is my copy of EVE is on a different Drive (for example d:\) to Windows (for example c:\)? Yes - I am not affected.
I answered NO to all of the above. What do I do now?
Please see the First Post in this thread for instructions. It will be updated with all instructions to solve this problem.
While it's good practice to keep game installations in a separate partition from the one with Windows anyways, we don't expect game patches to inadvertently nuke hidden system files in the first place. The faulty updater has since been removed from the official site, and release of a new patch is pending.