Server Login ok but No desktop, cnt alt del ok but no taskmanager
Posted on 2008-06-17
A Strange one.
Windows 2003 Standard SP1.
Running as a simple share with terminal server. No Domains or AD just local users and groups.
The server rebooted due to a power outage.
On reboot, system starts up ok One message a service failed to start. On cnt alt del, you can login but you do not get a desktop, just a mouse pointer. If you hit cnt alt del, you can shutdown, logoff etc but if you click on taksmanager nothing happens.
After much mucking about, we decided to image the drives and move to new hardware using aconis.
Once the image was completed, we started up windows and the logon worked and the system showed desktop. It then went on to install the various missing hardwared drivers and all appeared ok.
Then we rebooted and have the same issue.
Using barts boot cd, we accesed the dirves and scanned for virus - nothing.
Tried copying registry hives from repair to system32 config - same.
Safe mode reboots.
Directory Rstore mode - give us a safe windows layout but when you login, you get the same no desktop, cnt alt del behavior.