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Booting of a CD

By cwish001 ·
This should be a fairly simple question.

If you are attempting to fix a computer with a windows OS (2k,XP,Vista) and the software as degraded so that the OS will not boot who do you go about getting a boot disk. I am repairing computers and do not own a copy of installation CD's for the ubove mentioned OS's. Do I have to purchases these disks or is there another way or place that I can get copies of the boot files. I have looked on the internet but I am having troubles.

Cheers,

Corey

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Well with Vista

by OH Smeg In reply to Booting of a CD

You only need the one DVD as all versions of Vista are on the 1 DVD and you activate different versions with the Product Key.

With XP you need to have the Install Disc for that version of XP so if you are looking at Home you need a copy of the home Disc, if you are looking at Pro you need a copy of the Pro Disc and finally if you are looking at a Volume License Version you need a copy of the Volume License Version of XP so that is 3 Install Disc's that you need.

With 2000 there are three Disc's again the Server, Workstation and Volume License versions and then if memory serves me correctly you need the Install Disc that suits that particular Product Key or it will not work.

You need to buy the install disc's from M$ generally in an Action Pack but this only covers the current generation M$ Product. As Windows is a Licensed Product there is no legit place to download the Install Disc's from so again you have to buy M$ Branded Install Disc's but as M$ no longer has these for sale you'll have to be a Certified Partner to buy them from M$.

I hope that is what you wanted to know.

Col

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A few suggestions

by Jacky Howe In reply to Booting of a CD

Corey, someone else will probably add to this to further enlighten you.

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<b>Use the Clients CD's.</b>


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<b>The Windows Vista Recovery CD can be used to Boot to a Command Prompt with USB support.</b>
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It does'nt matter if the Default OS is XP or Win2K.

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<b>Creating a Windows Vista Recovery CD</b>
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http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/window-on-windows/?p=622
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<b>Download from here:</b>

http://coblitz.codeen.org/neosmart.net/downloads/guides/Vista_Repair/Vista_Recovery_Disc_x86.iso
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<b>Create a Boot Floppy Disk with a Windows XP-Based Computer</b>
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1. Format a floppy disk by using the Windows XP format utility. For example, with the floppy disk in the floppy disk drive, type format a: at a command prompt, and then press ENTER.

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2. Copy the Ntldr and the Ntdetect.com files from the I386 folder on the Windows XP Setup CD-ROM, Windows XP Setup floppy disk, or from a computer that is running the same version of Windows XP as the computer that you want to access with the boot floppy.
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3. Create a Boot.ini file (or copy one from a computer that is running Windows XP), and then modify it to match the computer that you are trying to access. The following example works for a single-partition IDE drive with Windows XP installed in the C:\Windows folder, but the exact value in the [operating systems] section depends on the configuration of the Windows XP computer that you are trying to access:

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[boot loader]
timeout=30
Default= multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows
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[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows="Windows XP"
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If your computer boots from a SCSI hard drive, you may need to replace the multi(0) entry with scsi(0). If you are using scsi(x) in the Boot.ini file, copy the correct device driver for the SCSI controller in use on the computer to the root of the Setup disk, and then rename it Ntbootdd.sys. Change the disk(0) number to represent the SCSI-ID of the hard drive you want to boot to. If you are using multi(x) in the Boot.ini file, you do not need to do this.
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4. Start your computer by using the floppy disk, and then log on to Windows XP.
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<b>There are several Boot Disks here</b>
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http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
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Ultimate Boot CD
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http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD
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http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/Ultimate Boot CD
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UBCD4Win
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http://www.ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm
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PCLinux
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http://www.pclinuxos.com/index.php?option=com_ionfiles&Itemid=28
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You may also want to consider this as another avenue. I am not trying to plug M$ but registering has helped me out in the past.
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What you could do is sign up with Microsoft as a Registerd Partner and then you can access these Resources and Free Training, with access to the Action Pack.
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Boxed, shrink-wrapped, retail software.
? Paper license management may be required.
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? Uses Volume Licensing Product Keys for deploying.
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