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Chapter 2.5. The Boot Process > Creating a Windows 2000 Boot Disk

Creating a Windows 2000 Boot Disk

Windows 2000 cannot boot from a diskette. The files required to start Windows will not fit on a single diskette. However, if the Windows installation directory is intact (C:\Winnt, for example), the Boot Phase can be initiated from diskette and pass control of the Kernel load to systemroot\ system32\ntoskrnl.exe. The following situations are examples of when to use a Windows 2000 boot disk:

  • When files on the system partition are damaged or missing

  • When a mirrored system partition member has failed (boot.ini is incorrect)

  • When the MBR or PBR is damaged from a virus or disk utility, for example

  • When the boot.ini file contains incorrect information (adding or removing primary partitions has reordered the partition numbering scheme)


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