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Error Message: Windows 2000 Could Not Start Because of a Computer Disk Hardware Configuration Problem

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During an upgrade from Microsoft Windows 98 to Windows 2000, you may receive the following error message:
Windows 2000 could not start because of a computer disk hardwareconfiguration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot pathand disk hardware.
Please check the Windows 2000(TM) documentation about hardwaredisk configuration and your hardware reference manuals foradditional information.
During Setup, after the computer restarts, you may receive the following error message:
STOP 0x0000001e Kmode_Exception_Not_Handled......setupdd.sys
This behavior can occur if Western Digital EZ BIOS drive overlay software is installed on the hard disk.
To resolve this behavior, contact Western Digital for assistance.
More information
For additional information, see the following Knowledge Base articles:
102873 Boot.ini and ARC Path Naming Conventions and Usage
227704 Windows 2000 May Use Signature() Syntax in the Boot.ini File
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Article ID: 297523 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 06:06:00 - Revision: 4.0

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition

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