Fix: A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed

We have had a few support calls where customers using Specops Deploy OS are running into trouble while PXE booting computers for installation.

The error message is as follows and it appears shortly after Windows PE starts to load.

When it fails to PXE boot, the following appears:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click “Next”.
3. Click “Repair your computer”

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc0000001
Info: A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed.


The problem is due to Windows Update KB4489882 which enables TFTP Variable Window Extension. Microsoft recently provided a preview release of a patch, and we can confirm that the issue is completely resolved after installing this patch.

If you don’t want to install a preview patch from Microsoft, but want to partially fix the issue, use the following workaround. The fix below won’t be able to reinstall any more than 10 machines at the same time.

  1. Open a command prompt as admin and type the following command:
    wdsutil /Set-TransportServer /EnableTftpVariableWindowExtension:No
  2. Restart the WDS service.


(Last updated on October 30, 2023)

mikael ingelin

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Mikael Ingelin

Product specialist from Stockholm, Sweden has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. For the past 10 years he has been working at Specops Software and before this he was responsible for the complete IT infrastructure at one of Sweden’s largest law firms. He has a broad practical and theoretical experience of managing, architecture and deploying complex IT infrastructures. Extensive knowledge of virtualization, Windows Server, Windows security, Active Directory and Group Policy.

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