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Microsoft® Windows® Internals: Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000, 4th Edition by David A. Solomon, Mark E. Russinovich

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Chapter 5. Startup and Shutdown

In this chapter, we'll describe the steps required to boot Microsoft Windows and the options that can affect system startup. Understanding the details of the boot process will help you diagnose problems that can arise during a boot. Then we'll explain the kinds of things that can go wrong during the boot process and how to resolve them. Finally, we'll explain what occurs on an orderly system shutdown.

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