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Unexplained demise of W2K

By yodastein ·
We're in the process of trying out W2K on a few machines to test compatability with our corporate setup. I had been running Win2000 and Office2000 for about a month on one machine with no major errors. I shut it down at the end of the day and when Ireturned in the morning the machine would not boot. It ran chkdsk and then froze during the reboot. I could not boot regardless of what startup options I tried. Even booting from W2K CD and repairing didn't work. Finally after trying to boot in Repair Directory mode(and failing) I was able to boot from CD and repair enough to boot Windows and recover my data but I ran into errors(could not contact MS Exchange server). Tried reinstalling Office2000 to no avail and had to format the drive and start over to get everything back. I had full network connection complete with proxy server to the itnernet, but no Exchange server. Has this happened to anyone else? What causes it? How can I prevent it?

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by tchieng In reply to Unexplained demise of W2K

It happened to me. Not exactly like what you experienced, but similar. After installing W2K, I installed Timbuktu (a remote control software for NT). After the installation, it wanted to reboot... so I did. When it tried to restart, I got a message saying there is a kernel file missing... WTF, I re-installed W2K again but this time didn't bother with the Timbuktu.

What causes it? I can only speculate... no real answers.

1) Hardware / software not 100% compatible
2) Application / Windows shutting down improperly

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by McKayTech In reply to Unexplained demise of W2K

It really sounds like a catastrophic hardware failure... over the years, I've seen a couple of similar incidents and most started with dirty power, either at the wall outlet or at the power supply.

Any problems I've had with Windows2000 and hardware/software incompatibility have all been up front at the time of install and I can't imagine that being a factor when a system has run for over a month without major problems.

I'd be looking very closely at the power supply, hard drive and NIC.

regards!

paul

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by foxmulder_65 In reply to Unexplained demise of W2K

I had the same problem as well, after I installed Windows2K on my second hard disk, the boot.ini for it was installed in my primary hard disk. When I ran Norton Anti-virus, it prompted for a repair/innoculate for the boot sector of my primary drive.When I did, the next minute I knew, Win2K just refused to boot up. In your case, it may be hardware failure or software conflicts.

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