Microsoft KB Archive/250490

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PRB: Microsoft Windows NT Embedded 4.0 Bootable CD-ROM Stops Responding After NTLDR


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows NT Embedded 4.0


Microsoft Windows NT Embedded 4.0 supports starting the embedded run-time image from an El Torito (bootable) CD-ROM (CD). When you try to start up from a Windows NT Embedded startup disk (bootable CD), the startup process stops responding (hangs) at some point after the Windows NT boot loader starts and before the Windows Graphical User Interface (GUI) initializes.


The boot files and WINNT directory must be written to the bootable CD in a particular order.


To create a bootable CD with the Windows NT Embedded 4.0 run-time image, you must use CD creation software that supports copying the Windows NT Boot Sector, and allows you to control the order of the files on the CD.

When you create the CD, place the files on the source hard drive in the following order:

  1., NTLDR, and Boot.ini.
  2. WINNT folder.
  3. Everything else.

You must ensure that the source hard drive contains a valid Windows NT boot sector. If you ensure that the CD creation software copies the files to the CD in the correct order, then proper booting will occur.


For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q257331 PRB: Shell Does Not Start on Microsoft Windows NT Embedded system

Additional query words:

Keywords : kbOSWinNT400 kbDSupport kbGrpDSETK
Issue type : kbprb
Technology : kbWinNTsearch kbWinNT400xsearch kbWinNTEmb400

Last Reviewed: May 13, 2000
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