HW2 - Lab 7 Study Guide Windows XP Virtual Machine OS Load...

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Lab 7 Study Guide – Windows XP Virtual Machine OS Load Student Name: Harsh Patel Talisha Payton, Due: Week 6 Online Component Brian Permaul, Alexander Posner Preparation In this laboratory exercise you will load an example of the Microsoft Windows operating system into a Virtual Machine. This will allow us to run both our installed Windows XP Operating System, but additionally Windows XP in a VM. This combination will allow us to run 2 OS’ at the same time with full functionality. The OS you will be loading is Windows XP Professional. This is a version of Windows NT. Use the same site that you used for homework 3, and answer the following questions about the boot process. The answers to these questions will be crucial to understanding the lab experience. 1. What is the Master Boot Record and why is it important? The Master Boot Record is the most important data structure on the Disk; MBR is created when the disk is partitioned. The MBR is in the very first sector of the hard disk. The MBR contains an executable code called the master boot code, the disk signature, and the partition table for the disk. The MBR is loaded by BIOS. The master boot code scans the partition table for the active partition. The master boot code also finds the starting sector of the active partition and then it loads a copy of the boot sector from the active partition into memory. The master boot code also transfers control of the executable code in the boot sector. If the master boot code cannot complete the above mentioned functions it will display one of the following messages: - a.) Invalid partition table b.) Error loading operating system or c.) Missing operating system.
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The disk signature is a unique number that identifies the disk to the operating system. The MBR is important as it is needed by the bios to locate the partitions and identify the
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course IST 350 taught by Professor Hillman during the Spring '11 term at RIT.

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HW2 - Lab 7 Study Guide Windows XP Virtual Machine OS Load...

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