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    Not sure what happened, but the DC at work started acting squirrely this morning.

    Hooked a monitor up to it and it was at the "Boot into Server 2012" "Repair your PC" or "Shut Down" screen.

    I booted into Server 2012 and it basically got stuck in a vicious reboot cycle.

    Eventually I was able to get it to get me to a command prompt.

    I ran an SFC from the C drive and it found corrupt files and fixed them.

    I then ran bootrec.exe /scanos and it found 0 Windows installations.

    I had changed drives to c so I did a dir and there were only some eula.txt files and some install.res.dll files.

    I changed drive letters to D and it showed our data, company files and whatnot.

    I changed drive letters to E and i found my OS drive.

    I went into regedit and changed the mounted devices for E to point to C and then changed teh existing C drive to point to G and backed out and rebooted.

    Same thing.

    Went back into regedit and it had reverted back to teh way it was.

    At this point, I fear that I'm stuck.

    Has anyone run into this problem before?
    I'd rather check my Facebook than face my checkbook...


  • #2
    So let's just get the fact that I'm an idiot out of the way...

    When you're in recovery mode, disks take drive letters on a first come first serve basis. Basically, the C drive (OS Drive) was normal and nothing had changed other than the fact that in rec it was showing as E. Again, long story short, Todd is a tool.

    So what happened was the Software Hive was truncated/corrupt. We simply renamed the file in C:\Windows\System32\Config\SOFTWARE to SOFTWARE.OLD and then copied the file from C:\Windows\System32\Config\RegBack\SOFTWARE and pasted it into C:\Windows\System32\Config to replace the file we renamed. DC came up as normal.

    I'd rather check my Facebook than face my checkbook...



    • #3
      Well done - good troubleshooting there (because you deserve at least one)
      Tom Jones
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