When Windows 2000 won't boot - Page 3
Emergency Repair Disk
Another option available to you is the ERD. As you probably know, the ERD is created during the Setup process. It contains a backup copy of the BOOT.INI file, along with several critical Registry keys. Unfortunately, the ERD is useless unless you keep it updated, because the Registry is constantly updated as you make changes to the system.
If you have an up-to-date ERD, simply boot the system off the Windows 2000 boot floppies. When you reach the point at which Setup asks if you want to set up Windows 2000 or repair an existing installation, choose the repair option and follow the prompts. Before the repair process begins, you'll be asked if you want to use a fast repair or a manual repair:
- A fast repair automatically updates some key system files, the Registry, the boot sector, and the startup environment.
- A manual repair is most useful when you already know what's wrong with the system and you don't want to overwrite anything you don't have to.
A Full Restore
I always hesitate to use the full-restore option, because you'll lose any data added to the server since the last backup. However, if you have determined that all of the system's hardware is OK, but you still can't get the system to work, restoring from backup may be your last option.