BRC - BMR fails at final boot (Windows 2003)

Written By Tami Sutcliffe (Super Administrator)

Updated at March 31st, 2021

Problem: The Bare Metal Restore (BMR) fails at final boot and instead displays a blue screen (BSOD) in a Windows 2003 device. 

Cause: Windows 2003 is not as sophisticated as Windows 2008 in detecting hardware and loading the appropriate drivers. Under a rare set of circumstances, this can result in a failed boot problem.

Solution: To resolve this issue, do the following:

1. Boot the device using the original Windows Server 2003 CD, and run the Windows Setup. Windows Setup searches for a previous installation.

2. Select the previous installation, which is the BMR image, and follow the instructions of the Windows Server 2003 CD to complete the installation. (If a previous installation is not found, there might be a hardware problem.) See the documentation that is included with your computer, or contact your computer manufacturer, for more information.