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    Hi,

    I have been asked a question about Last Known Good Configuration,

    The video driver has been updated as has the autologon configuration, but after restarting their computer the display is unreadable, is it possible to use Last Know Good Configuration to remove those changes to the registry ?

    I hope someone can help.

    Many Thanks.

    Taiga_Terry.

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    Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

    LNG rolls back to the last successful LOGON, so if that has not happened, you have a chance
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    • #3
      Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

      Could you define "unreadable"? Are you able to boot in safe mode?
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        Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

        Sounds like a screen resolution error.
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        • #5
          Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

          I don't believe LNG will work for you in this case. You have logged on successfully (whether or not the display is readable or not). This means that the contents of Current Configuration (with the bad video driver) have now been written to LNG. Resorting to the LNG is going to leave you with the same problem. Boot into VGA mode or Safe mode and either update the video driver or uninstall the video card and let Windows reinstall the driver when you reboot the server.

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          • #6
            Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

            thank you for your help, all i know is that the screen is impossible to read, so they may not have logged on ?

            but i dont know if it is impossible to read after or before logging on which i guess makes all the difference.

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            • #7
              Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

              Oh, I see. In that case then try the LNG.

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              • #8
                Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

                thank you, all your help is much appreciated

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                • #9
                  Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

                  Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
                  Boot into VGA mode or Safe mode and either update the video driver or uninstall the video card and let Windows reinstall the driver when you reboot the server.
                  Or connect to the server via RDP, if it's enabled.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

                    Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                    Or connect to the server via RDP, if it's enabled.
                    Bugger! You beat me to it!

                    Yes - use Remote Desktop or unsolicited remote assistance. You can then set a "default" resolution and reboot...

                    Or if that doesn't work, use something like Dameware mini-remote control which will put you at the console of the PC (it "pushes" it's own client software to the target PC). Change the screen resolution with that...


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                    • #11
                      Re: Adjusting the registry in windows server 2003

                      I personally wouldn't use LastKnownGood on a server for such a simple issue. Depending on your last reboot (for a server, this could be months) it can roll back a lot of changes.

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