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  • Blog Post: 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.  ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: How Windows Starts Up (Part the second)

    Howdy folks, David here again with part two of How Windows Starts Up. Today we’ll be covering the Boot Loader Phase . Let’s take a moment to recap where we are at this point. So far, the computer has completed POST, executed the MBR code, located the active partition, executed the Boot Sector code in...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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