Windows 2003 R2 Applying Computer Settings.

Windows 2003 R2 Applying Computer Settings.

I have windows server 2003 R2, when I reboot the server and keep pressing either F2 or Del or F5 buttons toi get to SAFE MODE, but it never happens.
There is no message that says Press such and shuch button to access the Safe Mode.

The server comes up to the message "Apply Computer Settings" and stays there for ever.
I have rebooted the computer many times, but didn't help.


the servers was working fine. I checked if any GPO affecting it but there is none.




Any idea?



Thanks
jskfanAsked:
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xmlmagicianCommented:
can you start it with winternals?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
<<can you start it with winternals? >>

what is this ?
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TheMakCommented:
you need to press F8 for SAFE MODE...

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jskfanAuthor Commented:
F8 did not work either.

I am trying to use computer management remotely. Hopefully I can read the system log
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TheMakCommented:
can you try again by pressing f8 continiously before windows starting screen appears... or your keyboard might be having problem with F8 key, please change the keyboard with COM port don't use USB keyboard and try again.

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TheMakCommented:
Accessing Safe Mode is sometimes a bit tricky. If you repeatedly tap the F8 key after power-on, you should hear a beep after the POST (Power-On Self Test) monitor display, following which the monitor will display a menu. One of the options displayed will be to boot into Safe Mode.

With some computers and keyboards, continuously pressing the F8 key doesn't work.

Anyways, you shouldn't press F8 as soon as your PC boots. You need to time it properly- wait till the first screen is gone and just before the logo comes up, tap F8. If you can't time it properly, then just use the boot menu, and the instant after you press enter, press F8. This method always worked for me.

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xmlmagicianCommented:
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kaskhedikar_tusharCommented:
Hello,

Do one thing, disconnect the network cable & boot windows server 2003 normally.
Then connect that cable, check all the services like DHCP,DNS & now check with nslookup command.
Let me know.      
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chakkoCommented:
Can you remote desktop to the server after it starts up?
Try MSCONFIG and on the Boot.ini tab you can select the /SAFEBOOT option

you will need to use MSCONFIG again to turn off the safemode booting.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
eventually it came backup and managed to login.
I realized that there was a new GPO that have been setup 2 weeks ago, and the computer has not been rebooted until today. How do I know when the GPO settings started taking effect against this computer. would Gpresult give this type of info?
the event viewer logged event 100116 I believe about DCOM. I am not by the computer right now to give you more detail about the event log
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
thanks
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