Server 2012 stuck in OOBE

somehow my 2012 server is trying to run the OOBE at startup and i have been unable to work around the process. i have access to command prompt and a few other services. the installation CD to repair is giving me conflict issues and will not run.

any advice on how to work around this would be helpful.
jerlejeuneAsked:
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jerlejeuneAuthor Commented:
i also have access to the registry.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
why don't you just let it finish the OOBE? did you sysprep the machine and are stuck in factory mode?
c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep /reseal
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jerlejeuneAuthor Commented:
well. that was part of the problem i should have been more specific with. this server was already a functioning server for 2 years.

ultimately the solution was to load an older registry in place of the current one using nothing but command prompt. it reset the values for the hklm system startup.  and the machine booted normally. however, with different registry values in place, i am still cleaning up some stuff.
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jerlejeuneAuthor Commented:
my solution worked.
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