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How do I prevent a Windows 2008 Server from booting in Recovery Mode

remedina
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Server keeps booting in recovery mode no matter if I choose F8 options such as "safe mode" or "last know config" or even "directory services restore mode".

How do I configure the server to boot in normal mode.

**not sure why or how this happened**

Windows SBS Server 2008 R2
HP Proliant Server
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Top Expert 2016

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basically fix the underlying problem that causes it to go into recovery mode. your bcd store may be corrupted.. you have to find the underlying cause
Did you try and run any setup discs and stopped it from completion?
Installed another windows or OS on this drive then try and fix it by reinstalling Windows 2008 Server"
more details please.
What is the bios boot order?
If the OS is not functioning correctly try a system restore/reinstall or
Try  Editing the Boot.ini File
This topic describes the boot options supported in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. If you are changing boot options for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008,
Check the edit options here as well
Windows Server 2008 - BCD and BCDEdit

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Thanks for the assistance guys, I ended up having a bad disk in the array along with the corruption of the boot record. I ended up replacing the bad disk and deleting / recreating the RAID. (for some reason it wouldn't rebuild the new disk)

After that, I had to do a BMR (Bare Metal Restore) to recover the OS and all the data! #longweekend
Great job, but you did omit to to tell us you had a RAID.
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@Merete - Yes, you are correct... my bad. (was a long night when I submitted the question)

Thanks for the help!

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Resolution not found... ended up rebuilding server.