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Window NT 4.0 Server Repair, Reinstall

By dalmacen ·
I have a server with Windows NT4.0 Server which recently was infected with the minda virus. The client scanned and deleted all the infected files using Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition 7.5. The problem now is when trying to run an application on the server, error message appear saying something like "files necessary to run application are missing - dll files, etc.".
The workstations connected to the server are able to run and access the program and data files with no problem. The question is, "Is it possible to repair the server without having to do a clean install? If so, what is the fastest, step by step way of doing this? If not can I upgrade to Windows 2000 Server Upgrade without having to do a clean install? Thank you very much.

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by Green Lantern In reply to Window NT 4.0 Server Repa ...

You don't say what applications are affected. Are they third party or NT native?
If they are NT native, re-install your latest service pack. This will replace all dlls and drivers associated with that service pack (this can be extensive).
If this doesn't fix it then reboot into the repair mode and tell it to fix file errors. This will replace all the files for NT back to the initial installation. Then run the your latest service pack. DO NOT allow it to repair your SAM or other security related choices. This will wipe your user data.
If you are having third part software problems then just reinstall the application which is non-functional.
ralph

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by dalmacen In reply to Window NT 4.0 Server Repa ...

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by SpyderGST1 In reply to Window NT 4.0 Server Repa ...

Ralph does provide a good answer but he forgets to include some other useful information. If this server is not authenticating any users and the users are authenticated by another server (Domain Controller) then you should be ok to repair the sam. Ithink Ralph would agree that this is risky. You have to be absolutely certain this server authenticates no one. Also, you can reinstall the OS if all else fails. Reinstalling NT on top of the old version will not delete any application or other dataunless it is system data. I have done this a couple of times in a pinch. Remember if you choose to reinstall on top of the old OS you need to leave the file system intact when asked during the partition information of the install. If you don't leaveit intact you will lose everything. While this usually works I would recommend installing the OS to a different directory instead of WINNT. This way you have your old OS and you new one. Once you boot up with the new OS, which you might consider making temporary then you can repair the old OS or missing application files. Follow what Ralph advises first then if that fails pick up with this advice.

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by Tech/Admin In reply to Window NT 4.0 Server Repa ...

Norton should have logged all the files it found that were infected/deleted. From this list you need to replace the infected files with non infected counterparts. If they are system dll's you need to extract them from the NT setup, and if they arerelated to an application you may need to reinstall, or extract if possible.

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by Tech/Admin In reply to Window NT 4.0 Server Repa ...

If you are going to make radical changes you will want to have your latest rdisk/s about.

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