Opened 9 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

#35 closed enhancement (fixed)

Make it possible to boot Windows using coreboot

Reported by: uwe Owned by:
Priority: critical Milestone: Going mainstream
Component: adlo Keywords:
Cc: augusto.pedroza@… Dependencies:
Patch Status: there is no patch

Description (last modified by stepan)


The issue of booting XP just will not go away.

So, there are two options I see, in order of preference:
1. find some way, using kexec etc., to boot XP under Linux, then put Linux
in FLASH; done
2. revive ADLO

there have been a number of suggestions for how to do the first one.
1. freeldr
2. tinyldr

any other usable ones out there? This note is an attempt to start a
discussion and discovery on this subject.

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comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by uwe

  • Priority changed from major to critical

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by stepan

  • Cc Augusto Pedroza <augusto.pedroza@…> added

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by stepan

comment:4 Changed 8 years ago by stepan

  • Cc augusto.pedroza@… added; Augusto Pedroza <augusto.pedroza@…> removed

comment:5 Changed 8 years ago by uwe

Mostly works now, the exact status and a tutorial is available at

comment:6 Changed 8 years ago by navaraf

FreeLDR can now boot Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003 directly without using Microsoft loader. It would probably make sense to make it work as a coreboot payload.

comment:7 Changed 7 years ago by uwe

  • Component changed from code to adlo
  • Owner somebody deleted
  • version v2 deleted

comment:8 Changed 7 years ago by stepan

  • Description modified (diff)
  • Summary changed from Make it possible to boot Windows using LinuxBIOS to Make it possible to boot Windows using coreboot

comment:9 Changed 7 years ago by uwe

See also for a new (and actively developed) payload which is intended to allow booting Windows, *BSD, and other payloads which require legacy BIOS calls.

comment:10 Changed 6 years ago by stepan

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

While this is still an ongoing process, we can consider the issue fixed. Windows works on quite some mainboards running coreboot now.

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