Great power. Great responsibility.

When it comes to the registry, administrators are given great power to manually configure Windows to suit their needs, but even slight, seemingly innocuous changes to a particular key or value can have a drastic impact on basic operations of the system, even affecting its ability to boot properly.   I recently had the pleasure…

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Bcdedit Tips and Tricks For Debugging Part 1

Hello everyone, my name is Sean Walker, and I am on the Platforms OEM team in Washington.  This article is for those people who have had a hard time switching from the old boot.ini configuration to the new BCD store (myself included). Doing the simple tasks such as enabling kernel debugging over com1 are easy…

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Disassemble the MBR

  UPDATE:  This is why we *LOVE* our readers!  After posting a 32-bit disassembly of 16-bit MBR code, I was gently informed of my misstep by three sharp-eyed readers.  I’ve corrected the original post below.  Thanks go out to Ramon Sola, Jeroen Frijters and ‘pedantic gnome’ for keeping us honest.  Thanks guys!     Hi Everyone,…

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How Windows Starts Up (part 1 of 4)

Hi folks, my name is David and I’m an Escalation Engineer for Microsoft.  Since Bryan wrote about How Windows Shuts Down, I thought it would be a good idea to cover How Windows Starts Up.   This information applies specifically to Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.  I will blog separately on the…

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