Startup Errors for Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP

Startup errors can come from a variety of causes:

  • Corrupt or missing startup/system files

  • Problems with Windows configuration, including Registry

  • Problems with drives, including virtual memory (swapfile), ATA/IDE, and SCSI configuration

The following sections are designed to help you understand the causes of the most common problems with Windows NT/2000/XP startup that you might encounter on the A+ Certification Exam and learn the solutions.

As you learned in Chapter 18, these versions of Windows use the NTLDR, Boot.ini, NTDETECT.COM, and Ntoskrnl.exe files during the startup process. If these files are corrupted or missing, you will see corresponding error messages:

  • NTDETECT failed— This message is displayed ...

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