Restore corrupt Windows 2008 Server configuration


It seems my Windows 2008 Server did an automatic update in the night from Sunday to Monday. Unfortunately it seems something went wrong. Currently the server is unable to boot. As the machine is hosted off-site I asked the suport to fix the problems, but all tey could say was:
"filecheck finished successfully, no filesystemfailures found and Bluescreen stipp appears, i have tried to boot in last known good configuration, but a stop failure bluescreen appears,
{Registry File Failure}
Registry can not load the HIVE
or it is locked or alternate.
It is corrupt absent or not writeable. "

Unfortunately my Emails and SVN are located on this server, so I would really like to save at least the data on the machine.

What would you recomend to do in order to restore the system?
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If you doesn't have any backups - the only way is to connect this HDD to other machine and manually save the data needed.
You could also try the recovery process as explained by Microsoft
but please before you begin - make 1:1 copy of your HDD with any cloning software, for example Acronis or Ghost, it will later save you lot of time (and maybe money).
ChristoferDutzAuthor Commented:
Do I really have to reinstall the complete server? As I mentioned, the Filesystem seems to be fine, but there is a problem in the Registry.
Do you have any backups?
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ChristoferDutzAuthor Commented:
Well I have to admit ... no :-( I had installed Windows 2008 for testing reasons. I could reconstruct allmost all of my data but I want to avoid having to reconfigure everything. But I have to admit. If I have to fear that automatic Windows updates screw up my server, I think my evaluation od Windows 2008 Server has come to an end. If this is a fatal error, the Server will certainly be reborn with Linux ;-)
Thanks God I never tried the option "repair my server" in real life, but you could, as per MS article
BTW leaving a server alone against updates is a really bad idea. It is impossible to test any software/hardware combinations before releasing updates, and it is exactly why the admin has to backup the server each time before update, no matter Windows, Linux or something else. I've seen a lot of died (after updates) Linux installations too...


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ChristoferDutzAuthor Commented:
Yeah, well I thought I had managed to stop Windows from updating, unfortunately it seems it still did updates automatically ... I just asked my provider to create a snapshot and send it to me and to kill the Windows 2008 Server and install Ubuntu Server ... I don't want to rely on something that can fail so randomly. With Linux I have to admit, that I did have the one or other similar Problem, but I never ran into a "install it new" Problem, I could allways recover somehow or at least copy the data from the disks without having to disassemble the Server.

As my Work runs on Java, the Platform ist totally irrelevant to me ;-)
ChristoferDutzAuthor Commented:
Hey ... I wanted to give him the 500 points :-( ... Guess I was used to answering my own questions a little two often here :-(
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