Windows, Operating System, Security, Networking, Malware, Support, Forum, Help Site Check Our Facebook Page!
Notices
Windows XP Post your Windows XP related questions here.


Register your FREE account to unlock additional features at WindowsBBS.com
   
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 4th October 2006   #1
Inactive
THREAD STARTER
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posts: 5,655
Computer Experience:
still learning
Welshjim Reputation Level

Windows XP boot.ini: what's the /NoExecute option?


I would appreciate it if someone would look at my boot.ini
" [boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut "

I have seen other boot.ini files with the last part reading "OptIn". What is the significance of that? Any data look incorrect?

P.S. A minor point. My original OS installation was OEM WinXP Home. I installed WinXP Pro (full retail CD) over that with no problems well over a year ago. The boot.ini was apparently never updated. It does not seem to affect perfprmance, unless this is important for some reason. The only place it seems to show up is when I boot into SafeMode (if I remember correctly). I just ignore that the PC-DOS screen asks if I want to use Windows XP Home (which I no longer have on the PC--at least not as a separate OS).
Thank you.

Welshjim is offline  

 

Register
to remove this ad.
 
 

Old 4th October 2006   #2
Staff
 
PeteC's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Staffordshire, UK
Posts: 27,908
Computer Experience:
Usually not enough
PeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation LevelPeteC Reputation Level

My System
Jim

Info here at Sysinternals - scroll down to /NOEXECUTE ....

http://www.sysinternals.com/information/bootini.html

FYI - my boot.ini (dual boot to XP Pro & Vista).....

Code:
;
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT /usepmtimer

PeteC is online now  

Did you find this post helpful? Yes | No
Old 4th October 2006   #3
Senior Member
 
Profile:
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 110
Computer Experience:
Experienced
JRosenfeld Reputation Level

For an explanation of the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) switches (Optin, etc.), see
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/875352/en-us

JRosenfeld is offline  

Did you find this post helpful? Yes | No
Old 5th October 2006   #4
Inactive
THREAD STARTER
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posts: 5,655
Computer Experience:
still learning
Welshjim Reputation Level

Thanks for the responses.
Looks like OptIn is safer, correct? Any downside?

Welshjim is offline  

Did you find this post helpful? Yes | No
Old 5th October 2006   #5
Alumni
 
charlesvar's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 7,033
Computer Experience:
indeterminate
charlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Levelcharlesvar Reputation Level

My System
Hi Jim,

A thread from last year on this.

Boot ini, added command?

Regards - Charles

charlesvar is offline  

Did you find this post helpful? Yes | No
Old 5th October 2006   #6
Inactive
THREAD STARTER
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posts: 5,655
Computer Experience:
still learning
Welshjim Reputation Level

Per the link provided by charlesvar, and Arie's post in it
http://www.windowsbbs.com/showpost.p...8&postcount=12
it seems "NoExecute=OptOut" is the most secure setting.
Since I have been having no problems with OptOut, I will leave my boot.ini as is.

P.S.--My DEP tab in System reads as did martinr121's in the linked post. The bottom says "Your comuter's processor does not support hardware based DEP. However, Windows can use DEP software to help prevent some types of attacks."

Welshjim is offline  

Did you find this post helpful? Yes | No


 

THIS THREAD HAS EXPIRED.

Are you having the same problem? Please post a new thread, but first you'll have to join us by Registering (FREE).



Discussion Forums
Operating Systems
Windows 10 Windows 10
Windows 8 Windows 8
Windows 7 Windows 7
Windows Vista Windows Vista
Windows XP Windows XP
Windows Server System Windows Server System
Legacy Windows OS Legacy Windows OS
Internet & Networking
Networking (Hardware & Software) Networking
Internet Explorer Internet Explorer
Microsoft Mail Microsoft Mail
Firefox, Thunderbird & SeaMonkey Firefox, Thunderbird
      & SeaMonkey

Web Applications & Cloud Web Applications & Cloud
General Internet
Security
Malware and Virus Removal Malware and Virus
     Removal

Security and Privacy Security and Privacy

Other
Other PC Software Other PC Software
Test Posts Test Posts
Hardware
PC Hardware PC Hardware
Mobile Devices Mobile Devices
Community
Introductions Introductions
General Discussions General Discussions
Site Comments & Suggestions Site Comments
      & Suggestions

News News @ WindowsBBS

Thread Tools


Find us on Facebook   Web Of Trust Rating

All times are GMT. The time now is 20:28.


Recent Discussions
Embed hotmail/outlook.com calendar .. (0)
Extending wireless network coverage (0)
What is FONT.MAP and why is it on m.. (2)
POODLE going to the dogs? (2)
Windows Gadgets fail to open at sta.. (5)
What event will be logged when the .. (0)
Need Advice on Monitor for 96-year-.. (7)
BSOD computer crash (3)
Network magic shows no connection, .. (26)
Windows media player deleting music (2)
[Power light is on, but computer do.. (4)
[How reliable is the software Wise .. (10)
XP loses all settings will not rest.. (9)
Strange sound, then boot manager (3)
This device is disabled. (Code 22) (7)
Dont want to appear welcome screen (5)
Desktop Windows Composition and Win.. (3)
Hard disk drive light always on (3)
Get back the Classic Win 7 desktop (2)
Start8 verdict (5)


Donate!
Support Windows BBS!



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO
Copyright 2002 - 2014 WindowsBBS.com. All rights reserved.
FDMA Media LLC
Terms of Use, Legal Information & Privacy Policy
Page generated in 0.08173 seconds with 7 queries