Last Updated On: 08/05/2004
Windows NT Emergency Repair Disk
Using an Emergency Repair Disk
Follow these steps to restore your system using the Windows® NT Emergency Repair Disk. You will need your Emergency Repair Disk, the Windows® NT 4.0 setup diskettes (disks #1-3), and the Windows® NT CD. Beginning with your computer off:
- Insert the disk labeled "Windows NT Setup Disk 1", and turn on your computer.
- When prompted, insert "Windows NT Setup Disk 2", and press [ENTER].
- Press [R] to repair a damaged Windows NT version 4.0 installation.
- Setup will display the following choices (all options are selected by default):
- Inspect registry files
- Inspect startup environments
- Verify Windows NT system files
- Inspect boot sector
- Highlight "Continue (perform selected tasks)", and press [ENTER].
- Press [ENTER] to allow Setup to detect mass storage devices.
- Insert "Windows NT Setup Disk 3" when prompted, and press [ENTER].
- Setup will display a list of detected mass storage devices. To specify additional devices not listed press [S], otherwise, press [ENTER].
Note: A page may be displayed stating that your hard disk has more than 1024 cylinders; this is common with larger hard drives. Press [ENTER] to continue.
- On the next screen, press [ENTER] if you have an Emergency Repair Disk.
Note: pressing [ESC] allows Setup to search for repair information on your hard drive. This is useful when no Emergency Repair Disk is available.
- Insert the Emergency Repair Disk into your floppy drive, and press [ENTER].
- Setup will then prompt to examine your hard disk(s) for corruption. Press [ENTER] to proceed with disk verification.
- Insert your Windows® NT CD, when prompted. Setup will continue with disk verification process.
- Setup then displays a list of registry files to be restored (an "'X" indicates that the file is selected).
- Select "Continue (perform selected tasks)", and press [ENTER].
- Setup will determine which files have been modified, and ask whether to repair these files. To have Setup repair all modified files, press [A].
- Once the repair process has completed, Setup will display a message indicated that it is necessary to reboot your computer.
- Remove the Windows® NT CD from your CD-ROM drive, any diskette in the floppy drive, and press [ENTER].
The emergency repairs should now be complete.
Note: The Emergency Repair feature may not work if BOOT.INI is missing or corrupted even if NT is installed in the default C:\WINNT directory.