22.214.171.124 Kernel Initialization
When the kernel load phase is complete, the kernel initializes and takes control from Ntldr. The system
displays a graphical screen with a status bar that indicates load status. During the kernel initialization stage
four tasks are performed:
• The Hardware key is created.
• The Clone control set is created.
• Device drivers are loaded and initialized.
• The Session Manager (smss.exe) is initialized.