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:

  1. Boot into the second copy of NT
  2. Start the registry editor (regedt32.exe)
  3. Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  4. From the Registry menu select 'Load Hive'
  5. Move to the %systemroot%\system32\Config directory of the primary NT installation and select the System file. Click Open
  6. Type any name for the key, e.g. "System primary" and click OK
  7. Double click the new hive, expand Setup and double click SystemSetupInProgress
  8. Change from 1 to 0. Click OK
  9. Select the key created in step 6 and select 'Unload Hive' from the Registry menu
  10. Close the registry editor and reboot into your primary installation.