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    2008R2 repair mode

    is there a 2008r2 recovery mode? got a server that boots up, but all i get is the mouse pointer. IT wont boot into any of the safe modes either.

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    I would try your diagnostics disk that came with the server and see if there are any hardware issues with it first.

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    there arent, ive put in another hdd and it boots fine

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    Funy you should mention this @RabbieBurns: Windows 2008 Repair Installation - Gatt's Ramblings
    Had a problem with a Server a few months back on found the best way to "repair" Windows.


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    Thanks gatt. Problem seems to be that I cannot even boot from the 2008R2 disk. If I unplug the suspected bad install hdd, it will boot fine from the cd. But with the HDD plugged in as well, it just goes "loading operating system" and then straight to the "windows did not load properly, press blah for safe mode"

    If I swap out the HDD with a known working install, it boots perfectly. If I put the suspected bad installaiton into another server, this boots fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Thanks gatt. Problem seems to be that I cannot even boot from the 2008R2 disk. If I unplug the suspected bad install hdd, it will boot fine from the cd. But with the HDD plugged in as well, it just goes "loading operating system" and then straight to the "windows did not load properly, press blah for safe mode"

    If I swap out the HDD with a known working install, it boots perfectly. If I put the suspected bad installaiton into another server, this boots fine.
    If you think its a bad sector can you get into the console and run a chkdsk to see if it finds errors?

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    what im not understanding is why a dodgy hdd would stop me booting from a liveCD?

    IVe put the hd in a usb caddy just now running chkdsk..

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    @Gatt,

    I tried your method and it says I cannot proceed with the upgrade as I have booted from a CD. I Cannot get into the OS to do an upgrade install from within windows.

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    Ok i fixed this, simple really.. just restored the registry from the SOFTWARE backup file.

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    Sorry to drag up this old thread, but I want to run a repair on one of our serves which keeps crashing. I tried the link above but it is no longer working, is it possible to either re-install SP1 or do a repair on Server2008R2?

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    @penfold: Get a 2008R2 SP1 CD, whilst in the OS, run Setup and choose to upgrade the OS to the SAME version you are currently on (eg Standard)
    Let it run through and it will act as a repair option

    Just check all your applications after to make sure they are still ok (esp if Sharepoint is installed!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    @penfold: Get a 2008R2 SP1 CD, whilst in the OS, run Setup and choose to upgrade the OS to the SAME version you are currently on (eg Standard)
    Let it run through and it will act as a repair option

    Just check all your applications after to make sure they are still ok (esp if Sharepoint is installed!)
    Just tried this, but all I get is Windows server2008R2 SP1 is already installed. I don't get the option to upgrade.

    Edit: I just used the SP1 disk not the Server2008R2 including SP1 disk. Does that make a difference?
    Last edited by penfold; 28th June 2013 at 12:45 PM.

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    Yeah use the Latter - the first will just try to install SP1..

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    @Gatt - I realised after I posted but only just got round to finishing it now. It worked but I had to re-activate Windows again - I assume that's because it thinks it's an upgrade rather than an actual repair?

    Hopefully this will sort out the problems we've been having for the last few weeks as failing that I think I'll need to build a new server

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    Yeah, its essentially an in-place upgrade so it'll reset a lot of stuff
    Fingers crossed it fixes it for you

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