Certification Training: A+ Windows Boot Process

The Windows Boot Process occurs in the following order:
ntldr
boot.ini
ntdetect.com
dtbootdd.sys

ntldr
The NT loader is used to load the Windows NT kernal. This relies on both boot.ini and ntdetect.com. The NT loader is located in %systemroot%.

boot.ini
The boot.ini is a configuration file used by NTLDR to load the operating system.  The boot.ini file is located in %systemroom%.

ntdetect.com
The ntdetect.com detects and loads various hardware devices and it uses the hardware keys found in the registry.

ntbootdd.sys
The ntbootdd.sys is an alternate loader file used when the main disk is SCSI-based instead of IDE.  The ntbootdd.sys is not handled by the BIOS firmware.

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