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(2009-02-06) Fixing The Windows Server 2008 Bootloader

Posted by Jorge on 2009-02-06


One of the disks of my VMs was out of space. So, instead of rebuilding the whole VM I decided to transfer the contents from one disk to a new larger disk. I created a new disk and added it to the VM. Using a disk cloning tool from Acronis I copied one disk to the other. Then when I tried to boot up the server (Windows Server 2008) it gave me an error it could not load WINLOAD.EXE. OK, so let’s repair the bootloader by using the install disk. That’s when I had forgotten that Windows Server 2008 does not include repair options, only Vista if I’m not mistaken. So, how to fix this?

Still use the Windows Server 2008 install disk and follow the next steps:

  • Insert the install CD/DVD and press ANY key to boot from CD/DVD when needed
  • Choose "Repair the computer" (or something similar)
  • After selecting the OS, if it finds one, open the Command Prompt
  • Type DISKPART and hit [ENTER]
  • Type LIST VOLUME and hit [ENTER] (remember the drive letter of the CD/DVD which has as TYPE ‘CD-ROM’ or something similar)
  • Type EXIT and hit [ENTER]
  • Change to the drive of the CD-ROM
  • Type CD BOOT and hit [ENTER]
  • Type BOOTSECT /NT60 C: /FORCE /MBR and hit [ENTER] (this does assume the installation is on the C-drive)
  • Type BOOTREC /REBUILDBCD and hit [ENTER] (choose the YES option to accept what has been found)
  • Type EXIT and hit [ENTER]
  • Remove the install CD/DVD and reboot the computer

It should work now.

 

Cheers,
Jorge
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