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NT 4 to Windows 2003 Upgrade Stuck

Posted on 2006-11-21
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I'm attempting to upgrade a single, standalone NT4 file server to Windows Server 2003.  I ran an Upgrade from the Installation CD, and after the first reboot, the system is hanging on the Windows Server 2003 splash screen.  The scroll/progress bar moves intermittently, and it's been like this for over 3 hours....Any ideas?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Most often, these kinds of problems, in my experience, are storage controller driver issues.  If you can, determine which controller you have, then locate updated drivers.  Try replacing the .sys file in the drivers with the newer .sys file in c:\winnt\system32\drivers.  No promises that this will fix it, but it might.  One thing - do NOT delete the existing driver - RENAME it so you can put it back in the event I'm wrong and it's not this driver causing the problem.
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by:RSarumi
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Thanks, but I can't even boot into the OS to replace the drivers.  It's stuck on the splash screen, and just stays there.....
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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I didn't say you needed to boot the OS.  Download the drivers, extract them, locate the driver file that ends in .sys and then put it on a floppy.  Then use the 2003 CD to boot to the recovery console and copy the file from the floppy to the server.  If that won't work, you can also boot the system using a BartPE/Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (you may need to provide the driver for that too), and then you can replace the file that way.

If both of those booting options fail, install another copy of Windows in a different location (d:\WINDOWS, C:\Winnt.fix or something like that.  That will give you write access to everything).
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