Solved Windows Server 2008 hangs before starting installer

June 8, 2012 at 20:59:43
Specs: Windows Server 2008 Standard, Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz/640MB
I have an HP ProLiant DL320 G2, with 640MB of RAM, and an Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz processor. I am trying to install Windows Server 2008 on this system, however I can't seem to get into the install portion. After booting, I see the "Windows is loading files..." screen, and that passes. After the Vista-style loading bar, I get to the gray screen (looks like the Vista install screen) and that is where it hangs. The DVD drive is showing constant activity, but nothing else is happening. I just burned this DVD (MSDN DVD), so there are no marks or scuffs on the disc. Could someone recommend to me what I should do?

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June 9, 2012 at 12:43:21
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Found out the problem. Turns out the INSTALL.WIM file on that disc was corrupt. Instead of burning a new disc, I just went to another PC, installed Windows Server 2008, set up Active Directory with a dot.tk domain, set up Windows Deployment Services (Very easy to use, if you know what you are doing), and network booted the machine and began the installation.

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July 21, 2012 at 07:02:28
I imagine that the corruption was caused by burning the disc and not because the install.wim was corrupt from the original ISO, right?

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