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Windows® 7 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Chapter 10. Managing Firmware, Boot Configuration, and Startup

  • Navigating and Understanding Firmware Options 339

  • Navigating Startup and Power States 344

  • Diagnosing and Resolving Startup Problems 351

  • Managing Startup and Boot Configuration 358

  • Managing the BCD Store 364

As surprising as it may seem, when a computer fails to boot or experiences a Stop error that crashes the operating system, the most basic element involved in starting a computer and booting to an operating system—the firmware—is often overlooked as a possible cause. This happens because most people dig in and begin troubleshooting Windows without looking at the firmware. The trouble with this approach is that many computer problems originate in firmware, either because the firmware itself ...

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