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Trying to repair Windows Server 2003 - No recovery option - Should I proceed with Install CD?

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* proliantWindows Server 2003* recovery
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HP Proliant server  with RAID 5, Server 2003, 4 GB RAM - I think it's 8 years old or so.  Not sure.
Server Froze, after restart couldn't get Windows to Boot - there was an error message that files were missing, and I should boot from CD with -r option.  
Server had 2 partitions - an OS partition, and a Data Partition, which held all the files that are needed.

I booted from Server 2003 Standard Edition - couldn't tell what version of server was running.  It was only being used for file serving, and FileMaker Pro server - that's it.  
Instead of offering any options, Server 2003 install started - files were copied.  I let it run, and got a blue screen the third 'dot' through.  After a restart, install started running again.  Then I had some concern, so I refused to accept the agreement, and install stopped.

Is there a possibility that the registry entries for the previous server will be preserved?  I am having trouble locating the FileMaker Pro installation CD - user may have lost it.

I tried starting from a PartedMagic Linux repair memory stick, but the machine kept bypassing it.  I will test the memory stick on another Windows machine to make sure that it's properly imaged.

Can I let the installation finish?  It's possible that the Windows Server 2003 was badly corrupted, and I don't think there's much of a choice if the memory stick doesn't help.


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