Solved

Re-installing win 2003 server

Posted on 2009-03-31
1
173 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I am not a windows admin and so this might be an entry level question. For test purposes I am trying to re-install windows 2003 server enterprise over a server that has win2003 server enterprise running. The setup CD fails and informs me that this is the same version as the OS installed and refuses to go forward. Trying to format the c drive but the volume is locked. Tried the dos format command with /x option which supposedly forces the volume to be formatted. no luck.
Any simpler techniques that anyone is aware of. Will appreciate the help.

0
Comment
Question by:Ajazio
1 Comment
 
LVL 95

Accepted Solution

by:
Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
ID: 24030473
You cannot format the same drive Windows is on while Windows runs. Boot off the CD and reformat from the CD.  If you meant "The setup CD fails and informs me that the version as the OS installed is newer than the CD" that's because the OS installed has Service Packs installed while the CD doesn't - you would have to slipstream the recent service pack into a new CD - I'd recommend using nLite.  Otherwise, you may not be able to install over itself if you are using an OEM CD which does not offer "upgrade" abilities.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

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

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Trust relationship SBS2011 - > Windows 2003 3 37
Windows server 2003 bootable iso 9 41
AD Replications issues 12 84
Unexpected Windows system folders on D drive 16 67
Preface Having the need * to contact many different companies with different infrastructures * do remote maintenance in their network required us to implement a more flexible routing solution. As RAS, PPTP, L2TP and VPN Client connections are no…
On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will become End of Support, leaving hundreds of thousands of servers around the world that still run this 12 year old operating system vulnerable and potentially out of compliance in many organisations around t…
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.
A short film showing how OnPage and Connectwise integration works.

943 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

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

9 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now