[syslinux] Load setupldr.bin using isolinux

ganapathy murali krishnan gmurali at cs.uchicago.edu
Fri Jan 21 11:30:10 PST 2005

Creating a windows bootable CD with ISOLINUX involves a few steps.
+ Extract the boot sector of a Windows CD (or download the boot sector 
from nu2.nu or any other place)
+ Put it in your ISOLINUX directory
+ Tell ISOLINUX to boot from it and tell ISOLINUX that it is a "kernel"
+ *MOST IMPORTANT* When you make the iso image, turn off version 
numbers. By default all files get a ";1" added to the file name 
(supposed to say that it is version number 1). So the file on the CD is 
actually "SETUPLDR.BIN;1". You need to turn this off, since the Windows 
Boot Sector expects to find a file called "SETUPLDR.BIN" without a ";1". 
This should not affect anything else.

I used this some time ago to create a CD with ISOLINUX and Windows on it.

- Murali

H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> Blaauw,Bernd B. wrote:
>> No, you can't use setupldr.bin (Windows NT family setup loader) 
>> directly. Isolinux needs to load a CD bootsector, usually 2048 bytes 
>> big.
>> There are many sites on the internet where you can obtain the cdrom 
>> bootsector (www.nu2.nu for example). Likewise, there are many methods 
>> to extract bootsector from your Windows cdrom.
>> do a search for 'W2KSECT.bin' for example, or bootsect.bin
>> Bernd
> Anyone that knows how setupldr.bin is expecting to be loaded?
>     -hpa
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