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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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Advanced Options Menu—Tasks

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You use the Advanced Options Menu to troubleshoot startup and shutdown problems.

Access the Advanced Options Menu

To access the Advanced Options Menu during the boot process, press F8 at the end of the BIOS startup just before the screen goes blank and Windows starts loading drivers. Once the menu appears, use the up and down arrow keys to select the option you want and then press Enter. Alternatively, you can press Esc to quit the menu without selecting any option and resume the normal boot process.

Troubleshoot Startup Problems

Here is a general procedure for troubleshooting startup problems that should help most of the time. By the way, you’ve backed up your system recently, haven’t you?

You might start by checking the Event logs to see if an entry there identifies the source of the problem. If your boot problem arose after installing a new device, check the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) for WS2003 at http://www.microsoft.com/hcl to see if the device is supported.

Another useful tool to consult is System Information, which you can access by Accessories System Tools System Information. You can use this tool to check for resource conflicts such as devices trying to share the same IRQ. If you discover a resource conflict, you can then use Device Manager to reconfigure, disable, or remove the problem device.

If System Information and Device Manager show no resource conflicts or device driver problems, you could try selecting the Last Known ...

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