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NT 4.0 Server Parallel Installation

By reyesla ·
How do I perform an NT 4.0 server parallel installation. My server hangs up at boot up right at "Press space bar now to invoke last know good menu". It locks up with no key board function. We need to save the data and would like to do a parallel intallation then repair the original installation.

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by SyscoKid In reply to NT 4.0 Server Parallel In ...

Simply start the NT install, and install it in a different directory (say WinNT2). This should update your boot.ini and allow you to boot into the parallel install.

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by reyesla In reply to NT 4.0 Server Parallel In ...

How do you repair the original installation?

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by avachon In reply to NT 4.0 Server Parallel In ...

Hi, in addition, double-check and make sure you install the same file system. If you run ntfs exclusively, be sure to convert your file system after install. Good luck.

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by reyesla In reply to NT 4.0 Server Parallel In ...

How do you repair the original installation?

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by McKayTech In reply to NT 4.0 Server Parallel In ...

The reason you create a parallel installation is to provide access to the registry in the original installation. From the parallel installation, you can open REGEDT32 and manually repair the corrupted registry. Once REGEDT32 is open, choose Registry, then Load Hive, and choose the appropriate Registry file from the original isntallation directory.

That having been said, you still have to figure out what is broken and unfortunately, based on the information so far, I can't offer help much on that because the Registry is a big file with lots of keys and quite a number of them can stop the machine from booting. But you might look carefully at the CurrentControlSet and compare it to other ControlSets.

Hope this gives you a start towards finding the problem. Usually if you can identify the last thing done (installation of new hardware or software, etc), that will give you some clues on which registry keys to look at first.

paul

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by sdm In reply to NT 4.0 Server Parallel In ...

I've had success with the first two answers but you can also do this with a different HDD. Install NT 4.0 on a different HDD without the original HDD in the Server. I'm assuming that you are using NTFS so make sure you set the new configuration touse NTFS also. After everything is setup with the Administration account and any additional accounts need to mimic the original HDD NT 4, shutdown the Server and install the original HDD as an additional HDD. This differs depending on whether you are using IDE or SCSI. This should give you access to your original data files.

This worked for me. Good luck

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