SBS 2003 setup stops after Step 1

Posted on 2006-05-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I hope somebody out there can help with this.

I am installing SBS2003 Standard SP1 but find that the installation stops after completing step 1 of the setup process detailed in the Microsoft documentation. The system completes the initial setup but after logging on after the first reboot the "Continuing Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Setup" page does not appear. The system is fully responsive and gives the impression of having installed Server 2003 as opposed to SBS2003. I have tried three installations all with the same results.

After logging on the CD spins up for a few seconds then stops.

One thing that does occur is that, as the system has only one network card installed I was expecting to see the Setup Requirements page but this does not appear.

I have installed SBS on several systems (this is the first SP1 install) without difficulty and would appreciate any advice having spent some time "googling" without success.

Question by:arcompuring
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    If you do not have your network card attached to anything then setup won't continue.  You must at least have it attached to a switch or router.


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    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the suggestion but I did have the system connected to a router during setup.

    I have now found the cause of the problem - a damaged CD. Had I consulted the event log earlier I would have seen pages of errors about a bad block on the CD. The disk has been replaced and setup has completed properly. It just goes to show how the obvious can be overlooked.

    What surprises me is that no error message was displayed during setup!!

    Thanks again for taking the time.

    AR Computing.
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    ah... well, the setup probably never got going enough to know there was an error...

    Glad you found the problem though.

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