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Chapter 34. OS Mix and Match > The Windows 2000 Boot Loader

The Windows 2000 Boot Loader

As mentioned earlier in this chapter, one of the great advantages of the approaches we're advocating in this chapter is that we're using the Windows 2000 boot loader. The Windows 2000 boot loader is very functional and reliable. After you've learned some of its basics, you'll have no problem setting up or modifying its default behavior. The following sections explain the functioning of the boot loader.

The Master Boot Record

The master boot record (MBR) is the portion of the disk that tells your computer where to find the partition boot sector. All operating systems must be accessed by some type of master boot record, whether it is the system's native code or a multiboot utility. Where they differ, however, is in the code contained in the partition boot sector.


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