Problem running Microsoft apps and Windows functions after reinstall of Windows Server 2003.
Posted on 2007-10-15
I added a drive to my server Friday, and attempted to rebuild the RAID array (with help from Dell tech support). The rebuild failed, at which point we had to build a new RAID array, wiping all of my data. After the new array was built, I had to reinstall Server 2003 Standard Edition, SP 1. I then restored my backup, including system state. The server was on SP 2 when it was backed up. During the restore, I got several prompts stating that I was overwriting system files with more recent versions, and asking if I wanted to restore the original files. I said No to all of the prompts. At the end of the restore, I was prompted to reboot, and on reboot, Windows wouldn't open. I then reinstalled Server 2003, SP1, and this time, said Yes to all of the prompts. After restore and reboot, Windows is now able to open.
The problem I'm having is that almost all Windows functions and Microsoft apps won't work. IE, Windows Explorer, all Office products, all give the message:
This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way."
Third party apps seem to work fine - PC Anywhere, our accounting software. And I do have internet connectivity, even though IE won't run. But I need the rest of my functionality.
I suspect this still has to do with system files, and with the conflict between SP1 and SP2. I tried uninstalling SP2, which worked, and I'm now showing as being SP1. And I now get a prompt to install updates (I can't go to Microsoft Updates, because IE's not working, so I have to just wait for the update prompt in the System Tray), which includes a ton of security updates, as well as SP2, and I downloaded them, but they all fail to install.
Any help is greatly appreciated.