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Booting windows (from HDD ) in DOS

May 22, 2012 at 11:51:32
Specs: PXE, DOS, Windows
Hi all,

I have a specific PXE booting solution in mind but I'm missing a little bit of DOS knowledge to make it work. Here is the situation:

I want to have PXE as the first boot option in BIOS on my workstations; from PXE I boot WINPE which loads a menu script, giving you 3 options: Windows, linux and boot from hard drive. If you choose windows or linux, Ghost.exe is started with a parameter that either pushes a Windows or Linux image, depending on your choice.

If you choose 'boot from hard drive', it simply has to load the OS that is on the HDD (windows in most cases). However this means that I somehow have to insert a section in my DOS script that loads the OS from the hard drive and I have no idea how to do this; googling hasn't really helped so far.

Is there anyone that has experience with this and could point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance!

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May 22, 2012 at 12:14:08
You'd need to know enough programming to (1) Locate the bootable HDD (2) reset the hardware to a post-boot state and (3) load and run the boot loader from the HDD. The various Linux boot loaders may be of help here.In fact, you might be able to use your Linux boot loader to do those steps for you; I don't know.

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May 22, 2012 at 12:45:58
Most of the pages now deal with linux but you just use the menu's to then select the correct device.

See this.

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