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Unable to boot Windows Server 2016

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  • Hello there :)

    I've been struggling and spending a lot of time on this issue, and I've reached a point where I have no clue how to troubleshoot further, so this is my last shot. For a few weeks ago, I installed Windows Server 2016 - Evaluation Copy on my DC on a HDD - everything worked flawless. Yesterday I acquired a SSD, which I started to install WS 2016, using the same USB key. The installation went fine as usual, and I pulled out the USB key when it was done and about  to restart.

    When I booted my server up, nothing happend, only a black screen and a blinking underscore as in command prompt etc - but I didn't get any "operation system missing" or anything like that. The funny thing is that when I boot the server with the USB key plugged in, and doesn't press a key to continue to installation, it actually proceeds to load the OS as it should be. So, my system works fine, but I need the USB key to boot up, and that's not a satisfying solution.

    I've searched a lot for similar issues, and I've used DISKPART to make sure the partition of the OS i active etc., and bootrec to fik MBR, Boot and to rebuild BCD - Nothing works. 

    I hope some of you have a clue about this, because I'm out of ideas.

    Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:05 AM

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  • Its possible the USB holds the system partition. Take a look in Disk Management to see where the system and boot partitions are located.

     

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Wednesday, March 08, 2017 2:34 PM
  • Hi,

    I am checking to see if the problem has been resolved. If there's anything you'd like to know, please feel free to ask.


    Best Regards
    Cartman
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    Friday, March 17, 2017 5:56 AM
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