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"Windows NT Could Not Start...Ntoskrnl.exe" error message
Article ID: 124550 - View products that this article applies to.
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For a Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see 314477
When you try to start Microsoft Windows NT, you may receive the following error message:
Windows NT could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
This behavior can occur if any of the following conditions exist:
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/224526/ )Windows NT 4.0 supports maximum of 7.8-GB system partition
To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods:
Method OneStart the operating system with a bootable disk. After you start the operating system, edit the Default entry in Boot.ini and ensure that the other entries in the [Operating Systems] section point to the appropriate directories.
Method TwoUse the repair process to correct inconsistencies in the Boot.ini file. To do so, follow these steps:
Method ThreeIf you determine the system partition is larger than 7.8 GB, Windows NT has been setup in an unsupported configuration, and the drive will need to be repartitioned to a size less than 7.8 GB.
Method Four (Windows 2000)To fix a corrupted Hal.dll file, restore the Hal.dll file from a backup to the %windir%\sytem32\ folder.
For additional information about how to fix a corrupted Hal.dll file, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/237556/ )How to troubleshoot Windows 2000 hardware abstraction layer issues
If the Default value in the [Boot Loader] section of the Boot.ini file is missing, Windows NT displays a new entry in the OS Loader (boot loader) menu named "NT (default)" and defaults to the new entry. The "NT (default)" entry points to the following path to load Windows NT:
For additional information about the Boot.ini file, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/102873/ )Boot.Ini and ARC path naming conventions and usage
Article ID: 124550 - Last Review: September 11, 2011 - Revision: 4.0