There may occur cases when the Windows server does not boot up correctly, or may start up, but crashes occasionally. Rescuing/repairing the Windows machine using the Windows setup ISO come in handy in such situations.
By using the Windows setup ISO, several troubleshooting methods can be performed on the Windows machine, such as refresh the server, reset the server, automatic repair of the server etc.
The below steps outlines, how a Windows machine can be repaired using the Windows setup ISO.
Click Services in the left pane and then on Cloud Servers.
From the Cloud Servers list, click the name of the server that needs to be installed with the ISO and Click ISO button.
From the drop-down list, please select an ISO of the appropriate Operating System that is to be repaired and then click Mount ISO and Restart button.
Click Console button to access the server console.
See the below screen when accessing Console, which occurs because of the Escape key (ESC) not pressed on time.
Click the Send CtrlAltDel button in the Console window, after that immediately left click inside the Console window and then press the Escape key (ESC) as soon as the Press ESC for boot menu message appears to access the boot menu for the server.
After that Press 4 to boot the server from DVD/CD (boot from ISO).
Once the Windows setup files has completed loading, the initial Windows Setup page will load. Choose the language of your choice and click on Next.
From the next screen choose Repair Your Computer.
Choose Troubleshoot option to repair the Windows OS.
From Troubleshoot screen you could see 3 options as below. You may select Advanced options for trying further steps.
Refresh your PC: Restore the operating system to default initial state.
Reset your PC: Reset the operating system and removes all personal data and settings on the server.
Advanced options: Provide you with some advanced options to repair your Windows server.
Once selecting Advanced options, you can see 5 options as below. Please choose your preferred option for repairing/restoring your Windows server.
System Restore: Restore the OS to a particular restore point.
Uninstall Updates: Remove the unwanted recent updates or updates which caused OS crash.
System Image Recovery: Restore from the image file of OS with the data.
Startup Repair: Repair the startup and boot related issues automatically.
Command Prompt: Access command prompt and use it to execute commands to repair in some advanced scenarios only recommended to advanced users like IT administrators.