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Create a Boot Disk from System Files
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
There are many times when you would have messed up with your system and you are unable to Boot Windows XP. Particularly, while installing a dual boot system with Windows and Linux. In such situations, normally your boot configuration might have got corrupted (Although there might be many other reasons). This can occur when the active partition boot record or some of the required files become corrupted.

Well, here is a way to overcome this problem and make a Boot Disk from your system files. This boot disk does not contain all the files. However, you can create a boot disk specifically for Windows XP that may allow you to boot the operating system.

Using Windows XP, place a blank floppy in drive A and format the disk. Navigate to the root folder of the system (in most cases this will be C:\) and copy the following files to the floppy disk.

Boot.ini
NTLDR
Ntdetect.com

If you can't see the files, click [Tools] and [Folder Options...] in the Menu Bar of Windows Explorer. Click the [View] tab and click the radio button next to [Show Hidden Files and Folders]. Remove the check mark next to [Hide Protected Operating System Files (Recommended)] then click [Apply] and [OK]. The files should now be visible in Windows Explorer. If the files still cannot be copied, right click each file, cli [Properties] and remove the checkmark from the Read-Only attributes. Reset whatever attributes were unchecked after the copy procedure is completed.

In addition to the files listed above, check the same directory for bootsect.dos and ntbootdd.sys files. If they are present on your system, copy them to the same floppy diskette.

The disk is used as any other boot disk, inserting it into the floppy drive (A:\) and initiating a cold boot. Make sure the BIOS is set so that the A:\ drive is first in the boot sequence.
posted by Administrator @ 4:44 AM  
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