I have a windows server 2008 running in Parrallels (on Mac osx)... the mac crashed yesterday and so I hard rebooted it, when I fired up the Windows Server 2008 VM this morning it goes as far as the progress bar then goes black screen and does nothing else (even when left for a long time).

I can boot into safe mode, Event Viewer says:

"The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: spldr stoflt"

Any ideas? What should I do next?

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Revert to your backup. :)

spldr is the "security loader", a driver of sorts. I'm not sure about this stuff in particular, but it sounds like you should try to rebuild the boot files. It has worked for me in a similar situation, though I don't recall the exact fail.

This article explains how to. Good luck!

  • thanks that worked brilliantly just loaded OS CD and ran bootsec and now has booted fine! Apr 30, 2010 at 8:51
  • Super! I am happy it worked for you.
    – Gomibushi
    Apr 30, 2010 at 10:49

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