Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista

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For FAT 16 partitions, the maximum partition size is 4 GB.
For FAT 32 partitions, Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista formats the partition up to a maximum of 32 GB.
Windows NT: It is possible to boot from FAT 16 (type "06") partitions only if the partition starts before cylinder 1024.
Windows NT: Only one Windows NT partition may be visible at any one time (per boot profile). However, more than one can be installed without any problems.
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista: The program of Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista writes over the master boot record during installation. This damages the bootmanager BootStar. Therefore, after the installation, the file program of the bootmanager BootStar should be executed in order to correct the error automatically. An alternative is to call the setup program of Windows with the option "/ir". In this case the master boot record will not be overwriten.



The file BOOT.INI contains the information on which partition Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista is installed. In this case the information concerns the position of the partition in the partitioning table of the master boot record (empty entries are only counted while bootmanager BootStar is installed). That means that the master boot record partition table and the file BOOT.INI from Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista have to be in agreement with one another.


The position in the master boot record partition table can be set in the bootprofile ("Positions in MBR").


The position in the BOOT.INI can be set as follows:


[boot loader]



[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT"


The information specified in "partition(1)" is decisive. If needed, all specifications entered have to be corrected! The specification for the first partition is the number 1.


If Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista is installed after the bootmanager BootStar, then these problems will not occur.


Note for the profi mode:

While the bootmanager BootStar is installed in the profi mode, empty entries are always counted as well as along as the "BootStar Dummy" entries are activated. Otherwise, the empty entries are ignored.


Windows NT: Installation above 2 GB:

To install above 2 GB, the partition has to be formated (FAT 16) with this program.
IDE hard drives with 8 GB and larger are supported without any problems starting with Windows NT 4.0 - Service Pack 4 (SP4). Contributing to the solution is a new "Atapi.sys" driver. More information can be found on the Internet at:


Installation on 2nd harddisk:

To install from the 2nd hard drive, the power has to be disconnected to the 1st hard drive. After the installation of Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista is complete, the power is reactivated.



Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista requires the files NTLDR, NTDETECT.COM, and BOOT.INI for booting. These files are usually located in the same partition, in which Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista has been installed.

However, if Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista has been installed after another Microsoft operating system (e.g., Windows 95/98/ME), these files are located in the partition of the first Microsoft operating system.

If this is the case, you have to copy these files to the Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista partition  "manually" after installing the bootmanager BootStar.



See also:

Partition Types

Positions in Master Boot Record

BootStar Dummies


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