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Windows Server 2012 R2 Infinite Reboot on Install

Posted on 2013-12-23
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When installing Windows Server 2012 R2 from a boot disk (created from an ISO) both a USB and a DVD version the install goes into an infinite reboot. This occurs right after "loading files" or the part immediately after "press any key to install from..." with the white bar at the bottom that has 2 phases the second much slower than the first.

The new blue logo appears and then an immediate reboot occurs. My licensing does not allow an upgrade and I cannot do a bare metal either. It may be hardware but the specs are well within the minimums.  It should at least install.

I am trying a GUI install.

Any ideas?
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Question by:mohrk
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by:Ratnesh Mishra
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Most probable controller issue or installer is corrupt. Did you verify it by trying to install on any other hardware just for testing.
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by:mohrk
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I am limited on hardware but I can try and go down that road as a secondary step. Are you saying redownload the ISO from Microsoft? Burn to USB or DVD and retry? I have a good DVD burner app but USB apps seem more limited any recommendations here?

Thanks
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by:mohrk
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By the way a bare metal install of 2008 r2 is no problem from a DVD made as little as 6 months ago. Leaving it here is again a licensing issue so I must move up.

I did try an upgrade again licensing. No go. Must be bare metal or not sure what it is called when it makes it a windows.old

Doing the upgrade I get much further in the process. Until I am told no.
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by:mohrk
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I used the DVD on different hardware and the install started fine. I know there are different stages in an install and this particular point may point to where the issues lie in the hardware. I have tried a BIOS upgrade and I have some firmware upgrades I can do but some more specific information would be helpful if we can find it.

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Tony Giangreco earned 250 total points
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It sounds like either your hardware is not compatible with the new O/S or you need updated drivers to complete the install process.

I'd check the manufacturer's site for updated drivers for that system board and raid controller.
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by:mohrk
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Hardware incompatibly it is. Thanks for the assistance.
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