A. This can sometimes be caused by the files
not having everyone:full access protection if the boot partition is NTFS. To check/change this protection
- Start Explorer (Start - Programs - Explorer)
- Move to %SystemRoot%\system32 (e.g. d:\winnt\system32)
- Right click on the file (config.nt/autoexec.nt) and select properties
- Click the security tab and click Permissions
- You can then change/view the protection
- Click OK when finished
Incorrect or missing entries in either file can also cause problems. For example, removing the FILES=nnn line from CONFIG.NT will result in problems. Compare your files to another, working computer.
It can also be caused by a missing or damaged .dll file.
Expand the following files from the original Windows NT compact disc or you latest Service Pack/Hot fix to the %Systemroot%\System32 directory:
NOTE: The Ver.dll file is located in the %SystemRoot%\System folder and the %SystemRoot%\System32 folder, and both versions have the same file size and date.
I had this exact problem a short time ago and it was because a Windows 98 version of VER.DLL had replaced the NT one.