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Change boot options in Windows 2000 Professional

Boot.ini is a text file that determines the specifics of many of the menu options that appear on startup -- but it's hard to find and adjust. Here's how to get to the root of your boot options in Windows 2000 Professional.

Windows 2000 Professional uses a text file, Boot.ini, in the root folder of the boot drive to define boot options. The settings in Boot.ini determine the menu options that appear when you start the system, as well as how long the menu stays on the screen before the default boot option executes. Boot.ini is a hidden, read-only system file, so you'll need to configure folder options to display hidden files and not hide protected operating system files in order to view and modify it.

You'll find two sections in Boot.ini -- [boot loader] and [operating systems]. The timeout value in the [boot loader] section determines how long, in seconds, the menu displays before the Windows 2000 boot loader executes the default boot option. Adjust the value to your liking or set it to 0 to boot without a menu.

Each line in the [operating systems] section defines an operating system or operating system option. You can add or modify settings in this section to boot other manually installed operating systems or cloned copies of Windows 2000 Professional.

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9 comments
an9829279201
an9829279201

We can also reconfigure / rebuild / repair by using the following command line utility. Prompt\ bootcfg.exe Anil (india) an9829279201@yahoo.com

ali40961
ali40961

Cool, but could have been more detailed such as what to change and how

nag.raj.suj
nag.raj.suj

I have 35 systems in my office, i have installed server 2003, for server i have internet facility but i have to give some restrictions for 15 clients... please letme know how could it possible

Johnny:P
Johnny:P

geez a little bit of detail couldn't have gone astray? :)

an9829279201
an9829279201

you can use IPSec to restrict your 15 client

072452353
072452353

Edited Message was edited by: beth.blakely@...

deepsand
deepsand

Try the "Questions" forum; the "Discussion" forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. Post problems such as this to the "Question" forum, rather than the "Discussion" forum. There are those who specifically seek out problems in need of a solution, and that's where they go to look for such. Additionally there are the benefits that: 1) The "Questions" forum provides for your feedback, by way of your being able to mark "helpful" responses as such. This does not necessarily mean that a given response contained the complete solution to your problem, but only that it served to guide you toward it. This is intended to serve as an aid to those who may in the future have a problem similar to yours, so that they might have a ready source of reference available, thereby perhaps obviating the need for them to repeat questions previously asked and answered. 2) The revised TR makes it quite difficult to find both "Discussions" and "Questions" that have not had a fairly recent post, owing to some functions comingling them in the listings. By keeping each type in their respective forums, it is easier for all to find what they are looking for.

J.C.Alexandres
J.C.Alexandres

Your best option is getting a proxy server, it can run on a regular PC. I can recommend you CCProxy, a very unexpensive and effective solution. Else you can just give a non-existent proxy number to the computer (IE Tools/Options), and lock users so they can't change that setting.