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How to Use a Windows Boot Disk to Prevent Boot Failure in Windows 2000 or Windows NT
Article ID: 101668 - View products that this article applies to.
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For a Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see 314079
When Windows is installed on a computer that has an Intel x86-based processor and the boot record for the active partition or files required to boot Windows becomes corrupted, it is not possible to boot Windows or any other operating system on that computer.
To prevent this situation, create a Windows boot disk when you install Windows on the computer. This disk is different from an MS-DOS boot disk because the entire Windows operating system cannot fit on one disk as MS-DOS can. A Windows boot disk contains the files necessary to start the operating system with the remainder of the Windows system files installed on the hard disk drive. Use the following procedure to create this disk:
Article ID: 101668 - Last Review: February 20, 2007 - Revision: 2.2