Windows Vista Boot Disk
What is booting? How to make a vista home boot disk? This are perhaps the first few questions
that any one can ask, when we talk about Windows Vista
Booting process. Let us start with the booting. The booting is a process of making
the computer start by itself, and prepares the operating
system for use by the user. It is a process, which takes
place, when one switches ON the computer. As soon as,
the computer is switched ON, entire computer gets power.
After that, it activates a program which resides at
the Read Only Memory BIOS program, a program, where
the initial routine is executed. The program in ROM
BIOS will look for first sector of the Hard Disk. This
sector contains MBR (Master Boot Record). The MBR contains
instructions to load the various components of operating
system. This in turn initializes the Operating System
for use by the user.
Windows Vista Booting Process
Normally, in computer terminology, booting process
must end as quickly as possible, so, that the user gets
his chance to work, all most immediately, after the
computer is switched on. The early versions of windows
consumed a lot of time to boot, there by delaying the
start of work in the computer.
New boot configuration for fast booting
Windows Vista, the new MS family of operating systems,
has got a new boot configuration, which enables the
Operating system to boot faster. It has got completely
newly designed boot loader architecture. The boot loader
architecture has got two parts. First part is Firmware
Independent Boot Configuration, and the second part
is the Boot Configuration Data (BCD).
What is boot configuration data?
The Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is a storage system,
and has got tools (BCDEdit) to edit the Boot Settings.
These two parts enable the windows vista to boot the
operating system quickly. The traditionally used Windows
NT Boot loader is replaced by Windows Boot Manager.
The Boot Manager is of type generic which means the
boot manager is unaware of the requirements for a particular
operating system, and each Operating System should load
its boot loader to know the requirements. This helps
Windows Vista to boot quickly.
Early version of MS family of Windows operating systems
used a file Boot.Ini to know, from which partition,
the operating system should boot. It also helps to set
the delay in seconds for default selection of operating
system. Microsoft has done away with this file, in Windows
Vista. The computer which has only windows vista installed
will no longer contain the file Boot.ini. However, the
system with two or more operating systems installed
along with Windows Vista, contains the file Boot.Ini.
This file does not affect the booting process in Windows
Importance of defragmentation
Normally, in windows, defragmentation process help
to improve the booting speed. Defragmentation is a process
enabling the computer to rearrange the data stored,
thus enabling the computer to access the required information
quicker. So, to get better boot speed always keep the
system, defragmented. It arranges the broken contents
of a file in a sequential manner.
The Windows Vista can be installed in any drive or
partitions. This drive becomes the boot drive. Windows
Vista has a feature, which does not allow us to store
files in c:, because of security reasons, including
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