Repairing Windows Server 2003


Topic Last Modified: 2005-04-27

There are many troubleshooting techniques that you can use to resolve problems that arise in a Windows Server 2003 operating system installation. However, if a problem arises, consider the following possibilities before you use more complex troubleshooting techniques:

  • Recent changes to your Windows Server 2003 operating system installation, such as the installation of new software, new drivers, or configuration changes, might cause or contribute to the problem.

  • Other users might have experienced a similar problem and contacted Microsoft Product Support Services for help. In turn, Product Support Services might have written a Microsoft Knowledge Base article describing how to resolve the issue. Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base for an article that describes the problem.

If you cannot resolve the problem using these suggestions, use this section to familiarize yourself with the following basic troubleshooting techniques:

  • Running the Windows Chkdsk utility

  • Running Windows System File Checker

  • Using the Safe Mode boot options

  • Using the Last Known Good Configuration boot option

  • Using the Windows Recovery Console

  • Reinstalling Windows Server 2003

This section does not provide every possible troubleshooting technique for your Windows Server 2003 operating system.