Reinstall server 2003

hi,

I need to rebuild an installation of server 2003...... remember the old days of win 98... we could just do a new install by renaming  the old windows directory... or right on top of it.... can i do that for server 2003...
it has a lot of configuration... but we have already replaced it permenantly .. so i can experiment.   but i do need a stable OS.. and this one became unstable.

any thoughts?
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wolfcamelConnect With a Mentor Commented:
one advantage of a clean system install is that if it still fails you know then that it must be somesort of hardware problem and you wont have to waste any more time.
If you want to "experiment" I would either look to experiment in two areas..
experiment with the system as it stands and see if you can fix it..
or..experiment with a clean install and learn more about server in the process. An inbetween config probably wont help much.
But good luck either way - it doesnt sound like anything is overly critical so play and learn - then you can come back in here and help out - this is how most of us learnt/are still learning.
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wolfcamelCommented:
catch 22 - if you want to keep all your settings and configuration - that may be what has made this unstable

a repair install will keep most things in place and just repair the windows files.
otherwise look at things like registry cleanup tools etc
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asrdiasConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Adding some more info....


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816579/en
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341/en

Something to consider:
What an In-Place Upgrade Changes
An in-place upgrade:
" Rolls back any hotfixes, service packs, and Microsoft Internet Explorer upgrades to their base versions.
" Refreshes the registry and restores default registry values.
" Reapplies default permissions.
" Reregisters Component Object Model (COM) components and Windows File Protection (WFP) files.
" Reenumerates Plug and Play devices, including the hardware abstraction layer (HAL).
" Reenumerates and changes drive letters, based on the current drives and partitions that are seen during the in-place upgrade


What an In-Place Upgrade Does Not Change
An in-place upgrade: " Does not change the installed components and programs.
" Does not change any passwords.
" Does not change third-party registry entries.
" Does not change the role of the computer to be a member server. However, be very careful about performing upgrades on a domain controller. When it is possible, perform a system state backup, or have another domain controller seize the roles from the server as a precaution.  




Cannot advise you one way or the other without knowing the problem that makes you go for a repair installation

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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You can do a fresh install by renaming existing folders, but you won't preserve any of your settings doing that.  You can do a repair install, but frankly, I've never done one with 2003 (With XP I have found it almost never does anything an is usually a waste of time).
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intelogentAuthor Commented:
"catch 22 - if you want to keep all your settings and configuration - that may be what has made this unstable"
Guys       the point here is experimentation of a non-crital system which has already been replaced.... we have about 25 users... and about 25 internet ports for printers...plus everything else we use...

the system kept restarting... 3 - 4 times a day.... MS internet Explorer also brought the system down.   my techs could not clean or fix it. so they installed mozilla as a work around... and still the system needed to be restarted often... so we replaced the who hardware..new box...
I am going to bring this back to life... just looking for easy ways to do it.  of which there may be none.
i woul dso much prefer to spend the time and repair the system, but better people them me deemed it   " unfixable".


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intelogentAuthor Commented:
i will explore and report back
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