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I have windows 2003 server, i am not sure what exactly i have done, but it is now not getting past loading screen. When windows loads it gets to the windows startup screen (with the little bar that goes accross the screen), and after that there is grey blank screenwith mouse cursoreand it just sits there forever, i can only move the mouse cursor but there is nothing on the screen. I canot run task manage, ctrl alt del nothing works.

I have tried booting in safe mode, last known config but still same thing happening. please advise.
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Did you have any problems before? Or did it suddenly happen?

Generally a repair install would retain all the server settings and wouldn't affect any of the software or other data on the server. So if there's a problem with the OS (corrupt file, not booting etc.) then a repair would sort it out.

Have a look at this on how to use the CD to repair issues:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325375

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I was trying to install .NET Framework 2.0 but i was getting error during installation and I found a fix for this problem on the internet which was to delete "policies" folder from %windows%\winsxs\" so i moved this folder to d:\ on the root (instead of deletion for the safe side) and after i rebooted machine i am having the symptoms which i described in the post above.
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I am glad you didn't delete... that 'fix' was more like a disaster xD

That folder contains system files and is needed for windows to function normally. Most people have issues with the size of this folder, but that is another problem.

I would boot from the CD and try to copy the folder back  ... in case it works.
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ok i have booted from window 2003 CD and went into recover console mode. I can now see the "policies" folder i had copied on the root of the D: drive but i noticed that i can't copy/move or create anything. I get "access is denid" when i try to copy anything.

What is the command to move "policies" i should use in recovery console mode. Also how to get away from access is denied error.

I logged in as local administrator in recovery console.

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please let me know how can i fix "access is denied" in recovery console mode. It is not allowing my to do copy/create/move anything.
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Hmmmm... try typing:

set AllowAllPaths = true

 ... let me know if that works - otherwise I'll think of something else  ^^
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Also try:

set AllowRemovableMedia = TRUE
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ok i will try that now, i noticed there is no xcopy command available. what is the best way to move folder including subfolders and files from D:\ to C:\windows\winsxs\
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I am getting SET command is disabled and can only be enable using security configurations or snap in.

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I am loosing hopes now
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i am thinking to install windows on D: drive and then once in windows then just move policies folder and then boot from previous windows to see if that fixes.
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Run the setup CD and press 'R' (repai¿ option) - this will not format - it will only repair Windows files on the existing installation.
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are you sure by repairing it will not remove any software or profiles or date on existing system?
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If you click repair it will simply reinstall the OS system files.

How to Repair Your Installation of Windows:

You may be able to repair a damaged Windows Server 2003 installation by running Windows Setup from the Windows CD.

To repair your installation of Windows, follow these steps:

   1. Insert the Windows Server 2003 CD in the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
   2. If the Windows CD displays the What would you like to do? menu, click Exit.
   3. Turn off your computer, wait ten seconds, and then turn your computer back on.
   4. If you are prompted to start your computer from the CD, do so.

   5. After Setup starts, press ENTER to continue the setup process.
   6. Press ENTER to select the option To set up Windows now, press ENTER. Do not select the Recovery Console option.
   7. Press F8 to accept the licensing agreement.

     Setup searches for previous installations of Windows.

          * If Setup does not find a previous installation of Windows Server 2003, you might have a hardware failure.

          * If Setup does find a previous installation of Windows Server 2003, you may receive the following message:

            If one of the following Windows Server 2003 installations is damaged, setup can try to repair it. Use the up and down arrows to select an installation. To repair the selected installation, press R.

 To continue without repairing, press ESC.

            Select the appropriate Windows Server 2003 operating system installation, and then press R to try to repair it.

          * Follow the on-screen instructions to repair the installation.

            Notes
                o You might have to change the boot drive sequence in your BIOS settings to successfully start your computer from the Windows Server 2003 CD. Contact the manufacturer of your computer, or see your manufacturer's documentation, for more information.

                o If you cannot start your computer from the Windows Server 2003 CD, you might have a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive failure or other hardware failure.

                  Hardware failures are beyond the scope of this article. See a computer hardware specialist for more help or try the Hardware troubleshooter. For more information about the Hardware Troubleshooter, see the Windows Server 2003 Help topic "Using Troubleshooters."

                o After you repair your Windows Server 2003, you may be required to reactivate your copy of Windows Server 2003.
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