2 Easy Options to Repair Windows Server 2016

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Introduction

This guide offers 2 quick ways to repair Windows server 2016. The method you use will depend on your situation.

Available Options to Repair Windows Server 2016

Here are the options discussed in this guide:

  • Run DISM Command with /Image Switch from Recovery Environment
  • Run DISM Command with /Image Switch from Safe Mode

Here are detailed steps for each method:

Repair Windows Server 2016 with DISM Command from Recovery Environment

Repair Windows Server 2016 with DISM Command from Recovery Environment
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Use this method if your server does not boot to Windows. You will use DISM to repair your Operating System.

Here are the steps to use this fix:

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  • At Advanced options screen, click Command Prompt.
  • To run Command prompt, click the user name with administrative privilege. Then enter the password for the account and click Continue.
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The next step is to determine the drive with your Windows installation.

  • Type the command below. Then press Enter.
DIR c:

If the drive has a folder called Windows, it is likely where your Operating System is installed.

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  • But if drive C: does not have a Windows folder, try DIR d:, then DIR E: until you determine where your OS is installed.
  • To repair Windows Server 2016, type the command below. Then press enter.
DISM.exe /Image:C:\ /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth 
Replace C with the drive letter for your Windows installation
  • When DISM command completes, type exit and press enter.
  • Then click Continue to boot your server to Windows.

Repair Windows Server 2016 with DISM Command from Safe Mode

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Use this method to repair Windows Server 2016 from safe mode.

Here are the steps:

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  • At Advanced options, click Startup Settings,
  • Then when Startup Settings opens, click Restart.
  • When Advanced Boot Options screen, use up, down arrow key to select Safe Mode. Then press enter.
  • Your server will boot to login screen. Login with your normal admin account.

Windows Server 2016 is now in Safe Mode!

  • Right-click Start menu and click File Explorer.
  • When File Explorer opens, click This PC. Then navigate to C:\Windows\System32 folder.
  • Locate cmd and right-click it. Then select Run as administrator.
  • When command prompt opens, type the command below. Then press enter.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth

Wait for the command to complete. Then restart your server in normal mode.

Conclusion

The two fixes discussed in this guide should Repair Windows Server 2016.

But if none of them worked for you, kindly share the details of the problem using the “Leave a Reply” form. The form is at the end of this page.

Alternatively, if the fix worked for you kindly share the fix that worked for you.

For more Windows Server 2016 fixes, visit our Windows Server Fix page.

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