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VM windows 2003 will boot up

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I have a windows 2003 VM that will not boot up to the login prompt., It looks like it boots up fine but never go to the login prompt. Please help.,
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by:castellansolutions
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Without knowing more about the issues... You could boot off a windows cd (iso) and then run a basic chkdsk / fixboot / fixmbr and see what the results are.

As always run a complete offline backup of your existing virtual machine files and directorues. *With hyper-v and snapshots the base vhd file does not contain the entire VM.
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Try Safe Mode without networking, and look at the Eventlogs?
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by:bgoering
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What is the last thing you see? Applying computer settings?

Will it boot to safe mode?
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by:locster73
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it will not boot to safe mode....or how do i get it into safe mode?
and it does not even go into Applying computer settings or anything other screes... please advice
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by:bgoering
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Hit F8 after you see the bios screen, but before you seel the booting screen - that will give you a menu where you can enter safe mode.

I generally hit power on, click in the vm window to make it active - and bounce on the f8 key until I get the menu.
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As a last resort (and since it's virtual you can take a backup first) you can always try installing windows over the top of the current installation.  I belive it's a repair installation.  I had a fair amount of success with this on a server that went bad on me. and also on some servers that i had to convert from OEM to Corporate licensing.

If you can get into safe mode use MSCONFIG and start disabling thigns.

If it's just black after post this is usually bad and if it was after like a P2V it's likely your image isn't correct.

Some other options is trying a different storage adapter, removing other virtual hardware epically any serial ports, usb ports, floppy drives that arn't being used.

and please take a backup before doing any of this!
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by:mightofnight
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to get it to boot into safe mode you can try to alternate left click (to make the window active) and f8.  I generally have the best results with that.
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by:mightofnight
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I do use VMware but i assume that most of the tips should be relevent in any virtualization.
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