Managing System Startup File - BOOT.INI

This section describes the system startup file, BOOT.INI, and how to change it with the system configuration tool 'msconfig.exe'.

Windows XP system uses the boot loader NTLDR (NT LoaDR) which requires a startup file called BOOT.INI.

BOOT.INI contains configuration options for a boot menu. For example, the following boot.ini defines a boot menu with 2 operating systems:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000" /fastdetect

If you run "msconfig.exe" and click the BOOT.INI tab, you will see that it allows you to set various boot options for each boot entry:
msconfig - BOOT.INI

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 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

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"msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

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 System Startup Selections - Normal and Diagnostic Startups

 Managing System Startup File - SYSTEM.INI

 Managing System Startup File - WIN.INI

Managing System Startup File - BOOT.INI

 Enable/Disable Services with "msconfig.exe"

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