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USB boot, JOSHI, NTLDR and other mysteries.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by unixguy, Sep 10, 2004.

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  1. unixguy

    unixguy Thread Starter

    May 24, 2003
    Here's one for the guru's...
    I wanted to make a DOS bootable USB stick so I created a boot track and added the DOS files, etc. I was able to boot with it on the computer that created the device (running Win XP Pro). Then I tried it on another machine running Win2K. It would not boot (just hung after the POST). When I tried to go back and boot normally, it did the same thing (just hung during boot). I put in a Norton SystemWorks CD and booted it and immediately received a message that my hard drive was infected with the JOSHI virus. But it was unable to remove it. So, I booted from my Win2K CD and went to the recsue console and did the FIXMBR and loaded new copies of NTLDR and NTDETECT but it still will not boot. I can boot from a floppy and switch to the C-drive and everything runs fine. What else do I need to do to fix this mess?
    Also, any reason why a DOS bootable USB device created with WinXP will not boot properly on Wiin2K? I checked the WinXP and the USB stick for the Joshi virus and both were clean so it appears that Joshi was just sitting on the Win2K machine all this time. It does not seem like that should prevent the USB from booting.
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