That is VERY strange.
Delete ALL files from the stick.
Copy to it (in this order):
Try booting from it, you should get to the BOOT.INI choices.
Is it possible that a BOOT.INI copied and pasted from the board is not valid?
Use NOTEPAD, and make sure that you save the file as a "normal" .txt file, ANSI, NOT UTF-8, NOT UNICODE, NOT Big-Endian UNICODE.
It's the same result. Complianting it can't read Boot.ini. I use Windows notepad and verify it was save as ANSI. I guess most likely have to do with the usb drive. At least I got one of them.