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How to repair Windows 2003 Server R2, Constantly Reboots

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  • Yesterday, my Windows 2003 R2 (x64) server was acting strange, couldn't log in etc.  After attempting to just access the server and having it not repond, I was forced to reboot the machine.  What a mistake.  Now that's all the machine does.  It gets through all the hardware checks, and right when it's about to start windows, reboot.

    I can only boot from the Windows disc itself, where my options are Recovery Mode, where I tried a FIXMBR and FIXBOOT, neither doing anything.  So I'm a bit stuck.  This server has Exchange 2007 running on it as well.

    It seems like my next step is to reinstall windows, however, where should I install it to, the same C:\Windows folder or a different path/partition.  Is there anyway to repair Windows without doing a fresh install?  The disc I have doesn't match the current SP version, so I'm assuming that is why I don't get a repair option. 

    What would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    -Damien

    Friday, June 18, 2010 3:08 PM

Answers

  • I eventually reinstalled Windows, and thankfully was able to restore a backup from last week.  All seems to be working again.  That was pretty stressful.  I'm so happy that my old backup saved the system.

    Thanks for all your help.

    -Damien

    Saturday, June 19, 2010 8:01 PM

All replies

  • did you try a chkdsk in recovery console to see if theres ntfs or hdd problems?

    Friday, June 18, 2010 3:17 PM
  • No problems with the hdd.  Chkdsk ran just fine, no errors.

    Friday, June 18, 2010 6:32 PM
  • Have you tried “safe mode” option?  Any errors in the event log? 

    It sounds like a hardware issue.  Have you added any new hardware recently?


    Santhosh Sivarajan | MCTS, MCSE (W2K3/W2K/NT4), MCSA (W2K3/W2K/MSG), CCNA, Network+ Houston, TX http://blogs.sivarajan.com/ http://publications.sivarajan.com/ This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Friday, June 18, 2010 10:56 PM
  • I don't get as far as seeing anything "Windows," so no safe mode option.

    According to a Dell Tech, it's a software issue and the hardware is fine. 

    I'm thinking I'm going to need to do a reinstall (in-place, over the top the existing), but would really like a repair option if that is possible to achieve.

    -Damien

    Friday, June 18, 2010 11:02 PM
  • http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317521/en-us

    when you run bootcfg /scan in your recovery console, does it find windows installations?

    Friday, June 18, 2010 11:27 PM
  • I eventually reinstalled Windows, and thankfully was able to restore a backup from last week.  All seems to be working again.  That was pretty stressful.  I'm so happy that my old backup saved the system.

    Thanks for all your help.

    -Damien

    Saturday, June 19, 2010 8:01 PM
  • Good. Thanks for the upate.
    Santhosh Sivarajan | MCTS, MCSE (W2K3/W2K/NT4), MCSA (W2K3/W2K/MSG), CCNA, Network+ Houston, TX http://blogs.sivarajan.com/ http://publications.sivarajan.com/ This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Sunday, June 20, 2010 2:43 PM