Server 2012 R2 not booting to windows

Posted on 2016-07-16
Last Modified: 2016-11-22
I have a physical Dell PowerEdge T710 not able to boot to the startup screen and only goes to windows recovery with troubleshoot options.

I tried through the command prompt:

bcd repair and rebuild. Same issue
sfc /scannow. Same issue.

Tried running chkdsk /r  and it comes with no errors.

What can I do to boot to the server. I do have a bootable server 2012 r2 USB.

Question by:jeremy22
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Author Comment

ID: 41714981
Or if someone can help me with a command to extract the server 2012 key out of this server from the command prompt. All I need is to extract the windows key and will rebuild OS on this server. I only have command prompt option and no powershell as it is in recovery screen only.
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Expert Comment

by:Shaik M. Sajid
ID: 41715056
if you have the windows key with you... so no need to extract the key just format and reinstall and activate using the same key, if you fail you can contact Microsoft activation support for activation.

all the best ...

Author Comment

ID: 41715895
I don't have the windows key ... No sticker as well. That's why I want to extract it from the command prompt before I reload windows. So I cannot get into Windows and also not able to extract the key from command prompt in recovery. :(
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Author Comment

ID: 41715972
Any suggestions ?

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Expert Comment

ID: 41715973
check msconfig to make sure it is not set there to boot into safe mode.  Look at key finder/gelly bean. The key might not be viewable if it is a Volume License key.

You could boot using the windows 2012 install media, load the drivers for the PE T710. then open a command prompt and rerun the chkdisk /r while booted from an install media. Check the raid controller,
You would need to download the RAID controller if any drivers from and .....

From the sound of it, something else is triggering the boot to enter recovery mode.........

Author Comment

ID: 41715976
Tried safe mode too. But can't even get t safe mode either but straight to windows recovery.

Check disk didn't find any errors and so did sfc /scannow.

Discs are on Raid 10.

Wish there was a command from command prompt to extract the windows key.... That's all I want at this times as I am rebuilding this server from scratch and don't care about data.
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Expert Comment

ID: 41715996
Try the example in

see if the product key in your case is embedded in the BIOS/UEFI....

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey
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Expert Comment

ID: 41716022
Make sure it is not going into recovery mode by design, if you boot into F8 do you have an option to boot normally?
Try using fsutil to see if tge disk is set to dirty mode triggering the recovery ?

Something is being overlooked..

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jeremy22 earned 0 total points
ID: 41735355
Spent hours tried to resolve this issue but nothing help and so have to reinstall the OS manually loosing the key as was not embedded in the bios and windows would just not repair.

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ID: 41753520
Could not fix this issue. Closing this thread.

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