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No boot device found or available

Computer cannot start if no proper boot device exists, or if the active boot device fails.

Open Command Prompt during the install phase

It is possible to open a command prompt during the GUI part of the Windows install.

Restore boot manager when NTLDR is missing

Windows NT will fail to boot if it cannot find the files used to load the boot manager.

Recover deleted NTFS/FAT32 partition

When deleting a partition then only the boot sector is modified, so by restoring the boot sector, then one will restore the partition.

Reinstall printer drivers in Windows NT

Changing printer drivers in Windows NT can cause problems, and can require that the old drivers are remove manually first.

Using Last Known Good Configuration

The Last Known Good Configuration makes it possible to rollback to the previous good state of the system registry hive.

Program startup order in Windows NT

Description of where and in what order programs are loaded at startup.

Using the registry editor to change the service state

How to use the registry editor to configure the state of the Windows services.

Description of Windows service wrappers

Description of how Windows services are hosted within the same process.

Fix blue screen of death with INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

Description of the different situations where Windows NT can fail to boot because it no longer can find the boot device.

Rebuild icon cache to fix incorrectly displayed icons

The icon cache can become corrupted and lead to icons being garbled.

Manually remove programs from the Add/Remove list

How to manually uninstall an application and remove it from the Add/Remove list.

Load registry hive for offline registry editing

The registry editor is capable of editing an offline registry hive.

Convert FAT16 and FAT32 partition to NTFS

Description of the different issues that can arise when converting from FAT16 and FAT32 partitions to NTFS.

Checkpoints for fixing a bad or corrupt BIOS flash

Description of different alternative ways for recovering from a bad BIOS flash.

Checkpoints for fixing no BIOS POST

Steps for fixing a computer which cannot perform BIOS POST.

Checkpoints for fixing hardware conflicts

Steps for finding what hardware devices that is causing problems.

Configure Windows NT boot manager for dual-boot

Dual booting several versions of Windows can be useful if running software which is locked to certain version of Windows.

Control disk check at boot after incorrect shutdown

Windows NT will perform a chkdsk at boot time after an improper shutdown.

Fix a non-working Windows Update

Possible steps for repairing Windows Update

Unplug hardware if Windows fails to install properly

Troubleshooting what is causing Windows not to install properly.

Bypass the loading of programs at Windows startup

Holding down the SHIFT key during Windows startup will stop applications from loading.

Configure and troubleshoot Print Spooler service

How to configure the priority and logging level of the Printer Spooler service.

Activate plug and play device detection in Windows NT4

Windows NT4 supports by default not plug and play devices, but Microsoft have created an unsupported driver.

Configure timeout for application termination

Change when an application is considered as deadlocked and should be terminated.

Boot.ini switches used by the Boot Manager

Boot.ini is used by the Boot Manager to determine the installed operating systems and what startup settings to use.

Change the source path for the install files in Windows NT

Configure the path to the location of the install files whether on CD-ROM or HDD.