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 9  Chapter 0100:  New Technology
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Booting
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It is the BOOT.INI file that tells the computer where and how to load NT (and Windows 2000). This is a text file that is marked Read only. There are two ways to change the BOOT.INI file. One way is through the Control Panel. The second way is to change the Read Only attribute of the BOOT.INI file and edit it with a plain text editor, such as Notepad.

Figure 146: The BOOT.INI file in Notepad

 


If you examine the BOOT.INI file with a plain text editor you will see a long line of data, such as DISK (0), RDISK (0), and PARTITION (1).

[spacer]BOOT.INI

It is beyond A+ to be concerned with the meanings of these values. Briefly, DISK is the physical hard drive, RDISK is the controller, and the first physical device of each begins with the value 0. The exception is the partition information, which always starts with 1.


8 Practice Exploring System Properties

[spacer]NT/Windows 2000 Multi Boot

NT/Windows 2000 supports the choice of booting multiple operating systems, and a default choice can be selected with a timeout value in seconds

BOOT.INI waits

Selecting 0 seconds for the default value will force the boot.ini file to wait for a choice. If multiple Operating Systems are installed, the default choice and the timeout can be selected from the Control Panel.



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