Solved

Windows Server 2003 Standard R2 x64 hangs at "Setup is starting Windows" screen during instllation

Posted on 2008-10-03
6
6,535 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
We are running an ESX server with multiple virtual servers running 64bit OS's.  I am trying to install a new virtual server with Windows Server 2003 Standard R2 x64.  When the virtual machine is booted to the ISO image for installation it hangs at "Setup is starting Windows".  At this point, the virtual host machine's CPU maxes out at 100%.  Installation does not continue past this point.

Any suggestions?
0
Comment
Question by:brett_apfc
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 18

Accepted Solution

by:
sk_raja_raja earned 500 total points
ID: 22636704
Did you try to shut down couple of virtual machines and free some resourece and try to install ?
I would suggest you to delete that specifi vmmaachine and recreate with a new vhd harddrive file.... I assume you have enough hardware resources for the new irtual machine........
0
 

Author Comment

by:brett_apfc
ID: 22636736
I have actually tried this install on 2 different virtual hosts, one of which has no other running servers on it.  Disk space is plentiful.  CPU resources are adequate.  Resources shouldn't be an issue.

I will try to delete the virtual machine and recreate.
0
 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:sk_raja_raja
ID: 22636781
ok..also see if you can boot in safe mode of that vm..
Did you install vmtools on this vm ?
0
Free learning courses: Active Directory Deep Dive

Get a firm grasp on your IT environment when you learn Active Directory best practices with Veeam! Watch all, or choose any amount, of this three-part webinar series to improve your skills. From the basics to virtualization and backup, we got you covered.

 

Author Comment

by:brett_apfc
ID: 22636851
sk raja raja -- you're a genious!

Emarassingly simple solution!

Deleting the virtual machine and creating the new virtual fixed the issue because:

when you create a new vm server it asks you what OS you want to install.  I believe that the 32bit version had been previously selected.  When I created the new server I selected the 64 bit option, and now things are moving like they should.

A fresh set of eyes certainly helped out.

Thank you raja raja!
0
 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:sk_raja_raja
ID: 22638376
Sometimes weird things fix the issue..glad it helped
0
 

Expert Comment

by:genedragon259
ID: 34431079
Update: I had the same exact problem (Windows 2k3 Std 64-bit) froze repeatedly at the "Setup is starting Windows" screen. Instead of deleting and recreating the VM, I was able to change the OS version in VM settings and then booted the machine again and setup ran just fine.
0

Featured Post

Secure Your Active Directory - April 20, 2017

Active Directory plays a critical role in your company’s IT infrastructure and keeping it secure in today’s hacker-infested world is a must.
Microsoft published 300+ pages of guidance, but who has the time, money, and resources to implement? Register now to find an easier way.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this step by step tutorial with screenshots, we will show you HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5). This is important if you need to enable SSH remote access for additional troubleshooting of the ESXi hos…
In this article we will learn how to backup a VMware farm using Nakivo Backup & Replication. In this tutorial we will install the software on a Windows 2012 R2 Server.
Teach the user how to join ESXi hosts to Active Directory domains Open vSphere Client: Join ESXi host to AD domain: Verify ESXi computer account in AD: Configure permissions for domain user in ESXi: Test domain user login to ESXi host:
Advanced tutorial on how to run the esxtop command to capture a batch file in csv format in order to export the file and use it for performance analysis. He demonstrates how to download the file using a vSphere web client (or vSphere client) and exp…

749 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question