If you have already performed the emergency repair process
and the computer still does not operate normally, you may want to do an in-place upgrade of the existing installation.
You do not have to start up the computer from the Windows Server 2003 CD-ROM to do an in-place
upgrade unless the computer cannot start in the usual manner. If you can start the computer as usual, just start the in-place upgrade from within the operating system
by running the WINNT32.exe file on the CD-ROM.
An in-place upgrade is the final alternative before you have to reinstall the operating system. Note that it takes the same amount of time to do the upgrade as to reinstall the
operating system. Also, some of your customized Windows settings may be lost through
To perform an in-place upgrade of Windows Server 2003,
follow these steps:
- Insert the Windows Server 2003 CD in the CD-ROM drive or the DVD-ROM drive, and then
restart the computer. Windows Setup begins.
- Press ENTER (to continue) when the Welcome to Setup window
- Press F8 to accept the License Agreement.
- Use the arrow keys to highlight the Windows Server 2003
installation that you want to upgrade, and then press R (to Repair).
Note If the Setup program does not detect a previous installation but
just continues to the partitioning screen, an in-place upgrade may not be
possible. To detect an existing installation, the Boot.ini file must be correct,
the installed registry files must be intact, and the build number must be
the same. If these are not all true, Setup will not find the installation to do
an in-place upgrade.
- Windows Server 2003 Setup performs an in-place upgrade of
the existing installation. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the