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Windows Server 2003: Programs Disappeared, No .exe running

January 2, 2013 at 07:03:46
Specs: Windows Server 2003

Hi! I have a server where Windows Server 2003 is running. Suddenly all options from the Programs List disappeared (Like Accessorties, Administrative tools etc). All is blank. I cannot run any application on the server and also when I try to go run ==> regedit nothing works! I tried to go right click on My Computer and then see if I have any options but nothing!!!

I am afraid to reboot it because I do not know what will happen then. I have a raid control on that server and is crucial to keep it alive ;)

Any ideas?


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#1
January 3, 2013 at 12:57:06

Can you get to a command prompt, start run cmd or the task manager? If so, run tasklist | more
End any strange looking tasks using taskkill /pid

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#2
January 3, 2013 at 13:09:21

no, i cannot run cmd. nothing works!

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#3
January 3, 2013 at 13:35:02

You have no choice but to reboot.

Why the concern over the raid controller? do you have any red lights like if you have a drive failure?

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#4
January 3, 2013 at 13:46:24

i am concerned if the server wont startup normal if i reboot. since windows do not run any application and i cannot enter in regedit or cmd i worry if there is any registry error...

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#5
January 3, 2013 at 15:11:25

You should have no worries since you have backups that also contain system state.

If you don't have that....

If the system is so hosed you can't run apps, etc having it boot up is the least of your worries.

Fact is you have no other choice but to reboot. You have to clear system memory. Hopefully you don't have a hardware failure or have been hacked.

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#6
January 3, 2013 at 15:48:25

That's exactly the next thing I was going to say. You have no choice but tot reboot.

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