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14-Oct-2010, 10:21 AM #1
WS08 R2 "preparing to configure windows" issue
Does anyone know how to solve this issue? WS08 R2 hangs on startup and displays:

"Preparing to configure windows"

"Do not turn off your computer"


This installation had been working fine since Jan of this year. Last night I installed Acronis' new backup platform "Backup and Repair". Ran a backup of a drive. Backup got to about 50% without any issues, then went to bed. In the morning, computer was in an endless loop of displaying this message when booting, and crashing after a few minutes.

I've tried using last known configuration, doesn't work. I've tried booting in safe mode, I get the same issue. I can load the repair utility, but I don't know what commands to use to try and repair.


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14-Oct-2010, 09:39 PM #2
BUMP


Anyone? I have a feeling it could be related to a windows update, since the computer had been in a restart loop when I woke up, and a required restart from a windows update could have put it there. Or Acronis put it there. Those are pretty much the two possible culprits.

Does anyone know the command line commands I need to use to do startup repair from the WS08R2 repair console? I've only done it for fixing the boot code before, and I didn't really find what I was looking for searching online...
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23-Oct-2010, 10:25 PM #3
Try running SFC /SCANNOW from the recovery console. Generally, these reboot loop issues are caused when a Stage 3 of 3 update is interrupted or hangs. This command will try to repair the system file links in the system32 folder from the WinSXS folder.
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Try running SFC /SCANNOW from the recovery console. Generally, these reboot loop issues are caused when a Stage 3 of 3 update is interrupted or hangs. This command will try to repair the system file links in the system32 folder from the WinSXS folder.
Thanks for the reply.

I just tried running SFC /SCANNOW from the repair console and I get:

"There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again."

Not sure if I'm going to be able to get SFC to work. Any ideas?
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29-Nov-2010, 04:02 AM #6
Right click my computer, click manage, go to event viewer, expand system and inspect anything that you might think of noting here.
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Right click my computer, click manage, go to event viewer, expand system and inspect anything that you might think of noting here.
Thanks--not sure if it was clear, but the system is not bootable. I can't boot into the WS08 R2 installation normally OR in safe mode. The only thing I can do is boot to the recovery console.
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30-Nov-2010, 12:01 AM #8
From the repair console, how can I find a list of the installed updates and how I can uninstall them? (As a reminder, I can't boot into windows either normally or in safe mode. This is from a command prompt in the repair console.)
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03-Dec-2010, 03:55 PM #9
What about doing a chkdsk /r from repair mode. Not sure if Server 2008 replaced that or not.
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