A. This is normally caused by using SYSPREP with a 3rd party network client and is caused by a registry entry being incorrectly updated.
To correct you will need to install a second copy of NT onto the system and perform the following:
- Boot into the second copy of NT
- Start the registry editor (regedt32.exe)
- Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
- From the Registry menu select 'Load Hive'
- Move to the %systemroot%\system32\Config directory of the primary NT installation and select the System file. Click Open
- Type any name for the key, e.g. "System primary" and click OK
- Double click the new hive, expand Setup and double click SystemSetupInProgress
- Change from 1 to 0. Click OK
- Select the key created in step 6 and select 'Unload Hive' from the Registry menu
- Close the registry editor and reboot into your primary installation.