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FAQ 000130 - Windows Server boots into repair mode after patching PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dejan Foro   
Oct 06, 2014 at 01:21 PM

This article applies to

Windows Server 2008 R2

 

PROBLEM

You reboot the server after patching and it boots into repair mode.

 

CAUSE

Damage caused on system files can cause this behaviour. This is usually occurs on systems where antivirus is not configured properly to exclude the Windows Updates folder and brakes installation of Windows patches.

 

SOLUTION

1) Repair from the repair console by using the System File Checker utility.

 

Use the following command:

SFC /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows 

 

Note that, while booted in a recovery mode you drive letters may be assigned differently compared to the normal operations.

So if for example in the recovery console, Windows directory is on D:\ drive you would of course use 

SFC /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows

 

The repair can take something like 10-15 minutes.

 

2) To prevent this from happening in the future, configure exceptions in you antivirus software as per Microsoft Knowledge Base article 822158 - Virus scanning recommendations for Enterprise computers that are running currently supported versions of Windows.


Last Updated ( Oct 06, 2014 at 08:26 AM )
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