Troubleshooting Windows Server Boot Problem

The other day at a customer I had the following problem

One of their physical machines had a problem starting. When trying to boot it went straight to System Recovery Options… not good

I tried all of the alternatives such as Safe boot, Last known good etc to get it to boot… no such luck 🙂

After some research I found the tip to rebuild the  boot records using
bootrec /rebuildbcd. When I tried this I got the following information:

Scanning all disks for Windows installations. Please wait, since this may take a while… Successfully scanned Windows installations. Total identified Windows installations: 0 The operation completed successfully.

So the solution here was to remove the BCD store and then rebuild it like this…

First we back up the BCD Store:

bcdedit /export c:\bcdbackup

Then we need to change change attributes on bcd folder in order to change it

attrib c:\boot\bcd -h -r -s

… and then we rename the bcd store to be able to replace it

ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old

… and last but not least we recreate it

bootrec /rebuildbcd

Hopefully everything is ok and we get something like this:

Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 1
[1] C:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes<Y>/No<N>/All<A>:

Which we respond Yes to and then reboot the computer



One thought on “Troubleshooting Windows Server Boot Problem”

  1. People like you deserve a big applause and appreciation for such helping posts on internet. Thank you very much for sparing so much of your time to post everything in details and step by step reference. Its awesome.

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