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I shut down my Windows Server 2008 machine, but upon restart I was presented with as screen stating that:

Windows has failed to start.  A recent hardware or software change might be the cause...

File:  \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Status:  0x000000f

Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

It is a Dell PowerEdge T300 server running Windows Server 2008 64bit with only VMWare installed.

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I'm confused. Is it a VM that's giving you this message? Does the box have VMware <something> or Windows Server 2008 on it? – Ben Pilbrow Aug 23 '11 at 16:23
Sorry. It is not a VM server, it is the physical box which hosts VMware. So actually all of my VMs are offline. :( – sbeskur Aug 23 '11 at 16:31
Still confused. What VMware product are you using? What is actually installed on the box? – Ben Pilbrow Aug 23 '11 at 16:38
Forget that I mentioned VMware this has nothing to do with it. I solved the issue, howevever, since I do not have enough "street cred" I cannot post my answer for another couple hours. hmm.. Kind of perplexed as to how this legit question got 2 tics down? – sbeskur Aug 23 '11 at 19:55

Well I figured this out with the help of this website.

In summary, I used the Win2008 dvd to boot up and using the recovery tool was able to get to the command prompt. Once there I ran the following commands:

C:> bootrec.exe /fixmbr

C:> bootrec.exe /fixboot

This did the trick and my server is alive again.

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