2003 std doesn't start up - ntoskrnl.exe missing or corrupt?! BIG PROBLEMS
Posted on 2008-10-14
We have a utility server that runs Symantec, Backup Exec, Blackberry Enterprise server, etc. for the entire domain.
I tried to log into it today to check up on the backups, Symantec, etc. to make sure it was all functioning properly. I usually remote into it via remote desktop. I noticed that it wasn't responding (when i clicked 'connect' it would just double back to the 'remote desktop' screen). Note that at this point, Blackberry Enterprise server, as well as the other services, were, to my knowledge, still responding and functioning.
I logged into the console, and noticed all the icons I had on the desktop were gone, and the program files folders in the start menu were empty for the most part.
So, like any Windows user, i decided to reboot, to probably fix the problem :)
Well it didn't come back up... The error is "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: ntoskrnl.exe"
I've tried booting into the recovery console, and doing a fixmbr, fixboot, even tried copying the file (didn't work for some reason).
One thing that's strange, is the first time I went into the recovery console, the drive letter for the windows installation was "I" (which is wrong, because it should have been C). The next time i went into it, it was "J"...
Also, doing a "bootcfg" or "bootcfg /add" command doesn't work... it says it can't find any windows installations.
The whole thing's making no sense whatsoever, but i need that server back online. I've done a lot of research on yahoo, and tried about every solution out there. Anyone have any ideas?!
Thanks - 500 points for whoever fixes this, AND IF NECESSARY, WE WILL PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES IN CASH - just need this fixed ASAP.