I have a client machine (windows 2000 Pro) that fails to start up. The startup screen appears and the loading bar reaches 100% (full) then the system reboots.
Starting in safe mode does no better.. the long list of things to load appears, no errors, and again at the end it just reboots. I have tried swapping out every piece of hardware I can think of (minus the CPU and MOBO) and that does not appear to be the issue.
I have also run the 'repair' utility from the win2k pro CD. This shows no errors, attempts to repair the drive, then reboots... nothing has been fixed.
The reason I cannot just wipe this and fresh install is one of software sources.. this is a very very old system that is in the midst of being replaced, however the original software sources are gone (company that wrote them has been bought and no longer supports or even has the original software).
So while the new system is being built (and new software is being written) this is all the client has.
Things I've tried:
- Booting in safe mode
- Booting from the CD and running the repair utility
- Swapping out possibly faulty hardware
- created an image of the drive and loaded it to a new HDD and booted that
- Banged my head against the monitor a few times
Unfortunatly none of this got me any further..
IIRC windows XP gives you the option to 'upgrade' your current system to winXP without loosing any of your software? Does this work the same for installing 2000 over top of itself? I'm afraid to try this because the menu options do not say it will retain anything (and if it does not I have to restore the drive from the image again, which is a length process...). any suggestions are welcome! Thanks!