I have a virtual instance of Windows Server 2012 Essentials that, after logging in, starts the Set Up Wizard. If I use task manager to force end the wizard, I'm taken to a the default dark blue screen background and I'm unable to do anything with the machine, no CLI, no GUI. I see no icons or anything.
I'm using R-U-On.com to monitor the server's status, it see that the server is rebooting and that it's running - so I'm confident that most of the rest of the server is still there, but I can't figure out what is evoking the set up wizard to run as I'm taken straight into it.
Going into Safe Mode I tried to look at the startup stuff, I see that "startup items are not enabled on this system" and in Task Manager, where you usually find startup stuff in Windows 8 - there's no such feater in TaskManager on Server 2012.
Any thoughts on what might be evoking this and how to stop it?