The specified image file did not have the correct format, it did not have an initial MZ.
This error may also occur following installation of new drivers to the system, such as adding a new video driver, or is often seen during either an upgrade or new installation of Windows NT.
NOTE: The parameter 0xc000012f may also be seen in conjunction with other Trap Codes such as 0x0000006b and is usually shown as the first parameter following the trap:
It is recommended to have a good back up of anything on the computer that the user considers valuable before proceeding with the different procedures.
Windows NT was Already Installed and RunningIf the stop error occurred following a change in hardware drivers, press the space bar to select the Last Known Good option during startup, and then change the necessary components when the computer comes up.
Try selecting [VGA MODE] option from the boot menu, this will display the Windows NT system files on the screen as they are loaded and may give you a clue about which file is corrupt.
Use the Emergency Repair Disk to replace the missing or damaged driver file on the partition by following the procedure outlined in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:
TITLE : Using an Emergency Repair Disk Created by Windows NT
TITLE : Replacing System Files Using a Modified Emergency Repair Disk
This will allow you to perform a system repair to replace the corrupted Windows NT system file.
If Performing an Initial Windows NT Installation or UpgradeIf the computer has MS-DOS or another operating system installed, copy the i386 directory from the Windows NT installation CD to C:\i386, and at a command prompt carry out the following command:
This often allows the installation to proceed, but if Windows NT will not install in this manner, you may want to consider the following options:
- When installing on a new computer with little or nothing else on it, reformat the hard drive and install using the three setup disks, or booting with DOS, copying the i386 directory, and carry out a WINNT /b command as above. If you are using the three setup disks, consider making a new set using the WINNT /ox switch to help eliminate the possibility of a bad floppy disk.
- Disable caching options and BIOS shadowing.
- Removing all possible hardware to take the computer down to a bare box with only one hard drive and controller in order to eliminate possible hardware conflicts.
- Ask the computers' manufacturer if a newer System BIOS is available, if so, flash the BIOS using the manufacturers instructions.
Article ID: 173518 - Last Review: Oct 31, 2006 - Revision: 1