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Microsoft KB Archive/251302

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Incorrect Characters Displayed in Progress Bar When Starting Windows 2000

Article ID: 251302

Article Last Modified on 3/1/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition

This article was previously published under Q251302


After you install the English-language version of Windows 2000 on a computer that dual boots with a double-byte character set (DBCS) version of Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, incorrect characters may be displayed on the initial progress bar when you start the computer.


This issue occurs because DBCS versions of Windows NT 4.0 use the Bootfont.bin file to display the correct characters in the "text" portion of Windows NT 4.0 startup. Because Windows 2000 replaces the Ntldr and files with the English versions, these files do not work with the Bootfont.bin file.


To resolve this issue, rename the Bootfont.bin file in the root folder of the system partition.

NOTE: If you have a DBCS version of Windows 2000, you can replace the the English version of the Ntldr and files with the language specific files.

Additional query words: garbage garbled characters

Keywords: kbfaq kbprb kbsetup KB251302