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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Understanding the Startup Process

To diagnose and correct a startup problem, you need to understand what occurs during startup. Figure 29-2 provides a high-level overview of the different paths startup can take.

The Windows Boot Manager provides several different startup paths.

Figure 29-2. The Windows Boot Manager provides several different startup paths.

The normal startup sequence for Windows 7 is:

  1. Power-on self test (POST) phase.

  2. Initial startup phase.

  3. Windows Boot Manager phase.

  4. Windows Boot Loader phase.

  5. Kernel loading phase.

  6. Logon phase.

This sequence will vary if the computer is resuming from hibernation or if a non–Windows 7 option is selected during the Windows Boot Manager phase. The following sections describe ...

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