Windows 2000/NT forum: Have a Server 2003 question not sure where to post it

by: oneclick December 26, 2012 9:45 PM PST

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by oneclick - 12/26/12 9:45 PM

Don't see a forum for Server 2003. So I posted here and hopefully some of the Moderators might take a shot a helping out on this one. If not Please tell me where I can re-post..XP? Thanx. With that said..

I have issues on server 2003 R2, SP2. Normal authentication, No AD. it just happened in the last day or so. Turned the monitor on for the server and it was asking why it had shut down unexpectedly, . I keyed in unknown and proceeded to logon. After Logon, I saw the green "recently updated" icon in the sys tray and thought that was odd, because Windows always tells itself it restarting for updates

I then noticed that the My Computer icon, Network Places icon and recycle icons are displayed with unknown file icons. Here are some other issues observed: When I right click the icons it sees them as folders, giving me only typical folder options. Can't open mmc.exe even from CLI. to see the event viewer to see what happened. I get a class not registered error. The All Programs won't display the programs list when I click on it. On a whim I tried installing malwarebytes, I get "regsvr32 failed with exit code 0x5" Research tells me "Access Denied" issues. I am logged in as admin. Administrator tools link doesn't work either.

I right click the desktop then select add short cut, just to browse the computer another way or create a shortcut... the MS wizard opens, I click browse, and my only option is make new folder or cancel, clicking make new folder does nothing, it doesn't browse. There are so many things that don't work I don't even know where to start with what things that don't work to help in a diagnosis, ugh!

I can install a program, for example Firefox from a flash drive, I select launch and get to the internet just fine. When I close it, I cannot run the program again because it never created a shortcut and I cannot browse the computer in anyway to find the .exe. Windows key+E, Win key +R doesn't work, right click the desktop and properties. I get explorer.exe created Exception_Access_Violation in Module SHDOCVW.dll, and other errors. I can't even browse from the task manager the machine freezes.

The odd part is all our Practice Management Applications are running fine, It only seems to be the OS side of the server.
A)can I run sfc /scan now on sever2003? And Should I run sfc? Will it affect any of our Applications installed?
B) Is it a windows update that may have caused this? If so how can I roll back? roll back to registry from say the 9th of Dec?
C) Raid Degraded?
Don't even know where to start.....and I'm gonna have to explain this in the morning ..any help...Thanx

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