So, I have a small network at home and one of the machines is a Win2003 Server. It has been working fine until yesterday. Today, I did not have access to some of the resources, and upon checking the server, It had blue screened. Rebooting ends up with an error message:
lsass.exe system error
And in the text it says "Object not found". If I click the "OK" button, the PC reboots and ends up at the same place. This happens regardless what option I use in the boot options (safe mode, safe mode with networking, etc.)
I snooped around a bit and found various pages on the web about this issue. Most of them tell me to boot into the recovery console and then copy the lsass.exe file from other locations back into the location where it is supposed to be, as it may be corrupt. That doesn't seem to work for some reason. I can see the file in one other location, but when I try to copy it, I get "access denied". The same when I try to copy it from the Recovery DVD (with the additional complication that it seems to be compressed there (lsass.ex_), and the expand command also gives me "access denied".
So, I am stuck. I tried to connect the hard drive to a Win7 laptop to see if I can do it that way, but now that laptop is screwed up also (Invalid Partition Table) when I try to boot it.
I need help. anybody has an idea?
I don't want to reinstall the system on the 2003 server as it took me a long time to get it where I wanted it, and there is important data on the disk that I dont' want to lose.