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STOP 0x0000006F During System Initialization

This article was previously published under Q153742
This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy.

The following STOP message may appear when you boot Windows NT:
STOP: 0x0000006F (0xC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000,0x00000000)
A file critical to system initialization, such as Smss.exe, may be missingor corrupted.
Use one of the following methods to restore a missing or corrupted file:

If the Windows Operating System is installed on a FAT partition, copy the initialization file to the %SystemRoot%\System32 directory.If Windows NT 3.51 or 4.0 is installed on an NTFS partition, reinstall Windows NT to a separate directory. Log on as the same user with the same permissions and copy the initialization file to the %SystemRoot%\System32 directory. If Windows 2000 is installed on an NTFS partition use the Recovery Console to replace system files. For instructions on relacing system files using the recovery console see:
229716 Description of WIndows 2000 Recovery Console
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Article ID: 153742 - Last Review: 02/21/2007 01:41:21 - Revision: 3.5

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51
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