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Reinstalling Windows 2000 over existing Windows 2000

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July 29, 2004 9:48:43 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

I have a system that will not boot due to missing files.
I want to reinstall the OS with out lossing user account
information. Any way to do this? Thanks!

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Anonymous
July 30, 2004 7:40:39 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

Hi,

If your windows 2000 server does not start properly, you can resolve it by
starting in recovery console mode and repairing the operating system.

You can recovery console to repair windows 2000 by following the
instructions in the article given below:

1)Repairing windows 2000 using recovery console:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;301645&Product=win20
00

2)How to install and use recovery console in windows 2000:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;318752&Product=win20
00

or

How To Use Recovery Console on a Computer That Does Not Start in Windows
2000

SUMMARY

Run the Recovery Console on a Computer that Does Not Start
How to Remove the Recovery Console
Precautionary Measures

How to Install the Recovery Console as a Startup Console
How to Create an Emergency Repair Disk
SUMMARY
This step-by-step article describes how to recover a Microsoft Windows 2000
Server-based computer that does not start.

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Run the Recovery Console on a Computer that Does Not Start
NOTE: You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the
Administrators group to complete the following procedure. Also, if your
computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent you
from completing this procedure.

To run the Recovery Console on a computer that does not start:
Insert the Windows 2000 Server Setup Disk 1 floppy disk into your disk
drive, or, if you have a bootable CD-ROM drive, you can instead insert the
Windows 2000 Server CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive.
Restart your computer.
Follow the directions that are displayed on the screen. If you are using
the Setup disks, you are prompted to insert the other Setup disks into the
disk drive. It may take several minutes to load files. Select the
appropriate options to repair your Windows 2000 installation and to start
the Recovery Console.
Once in the Recover Console, type HELP, and then press ENTER to see a list
of commands.

NOTE: As an alternative, you can install the Recovery Console on your
computer so it is always available. See the "Precautionary Measures"
section of this article for information about how to install the Recovery
Console on a working computer.
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How to Remove the Recovery Console
As a precaution, you should not normally remove the Recovery Console.
However, if you want to remove the Recovery Console, you must do so
manually.

To remove the Recovery Console:
Restart your computer, double-click My Computer, and then double-click the
hard disk on which you installed the Recovery Console. On the Tools menu,
click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
If needed, click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide
protected operating system files check box, and then click OK.
Delete the Cmdcons folder from the root folder, and then delete the Cmldr
file.
In the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click
Properties. Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.
NOTE: If you incorrectly modify the Boot.ini file, your computer may not
start correctly. Because of this, only delete the entry for the Recovery
Console from the Boot.ini file.

Use a text editor (such as Notepad) to open the Boot.ini file, and then
remove the entry for the Recovery Console. The entry should look similar to
this entry:
C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat="Microsoft Windows 2000 Recovery Console" /cmdcons

Save the file and close it.

NOTE: You should now change the attribute for the Boot.ini file back to
read-only.
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Precautionary Measures
How to Install the Recovery Console as a Startup Console
It may be useful to install the Recovery Console on a computer that is
functioning properly so that it is available for use after a system
failure. This precautionary measure can save time should you have to use
the Recovery Console.

NOTE: You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the
Administrators group to complete the following procedure. Also, if your
computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent you
from completing this procedure.

To install the Recovery Console as a startup option:
While Windows is running, insert the Windows 2000 Professional CD-ROM into
your CD-ROM drive.
When you are prompted to upgrade to Windows 2000, click No.
At the command prompt, switch to your CD-ROM drive, type \i386\winnt32.exe
/cmdcons, and then press ENTER.
Follow the instructions on the screen. To use the Windows 2000 Recovery
Console, restart your computer, and then select Windows 2000 Recovery
console from the Startup menu.
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How to Create an Emergency Repair Disk
You can also use a Windows 2000 Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) to fix problems
that prevent your computer from starting. It may be useful to prepare an
ERD when your computer is functioning well, so you can be prepared to use
it if you need to repair system files. To start a computer that needs
repair, use the Windows 2000 Setup CD-ROM or floppy disks you created from
the CD-ROM and choose the Repair method to utilize the ERD. The repairs
that are possible with this method are limited to basic system files, the
partition boot sector, and the startup environment. The repair process does
not recover the registry.

NOTE: The ERD does not back up data or programs, and is not a replacement
for regularly backing up your computer. To replace registry files, use the
Recovery Console.

Note that the repair process relies on information that is saved in the
SystemRoot\Repair folder. You must not change or delete this folder. If you
also back up the registry to the Repair folder, you can save your current
registry files in a folder within your SystemRoot\Repair folder. This is
useful if you must recover your system in the event that your hard disk
fails.

To create an ERD:
Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System
Tools, and then click Backup.
On the Tools menu, click Create an Emergency Repair Disk.
Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Hope the above information helps you.

S.Vijay

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