Patchday: Windows Server 2008 R2 boot in Recovery mode

[German]Regarding the January 2020 security updates for Windows Server 2008 R2, there are some reports that the machines go into recovery mode after that date.


There have been surprisingly few issues reports for the January 2020 patchday. Only Woody Leonhard noticed some reports of problems with Windows Server 2008 R2, which reached its support end on Jan 14, 2020.

They should boot into the Recover Mode after the update installation. Any of you here whose Windows Server 2008 R2 is affected?

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7 Responses to Patchday: Windows Server 2008 R2 boot in Recovery mode

  1. Austin says:

    Faced this issue with VMware systems for 2008 R2 servers as well as bare metal servers across different manufacturers. Trying to identify the problematic patch..

  2. Abdul Raheem says:

    Any update?

  3. Mike B says:


    Try this :
    When you are in safemode.
    – Windows Start menu
    – Exec command
    – msconfig.exe
    – Start tab
    – Uncheck Secure Start in Start Option
    – reboot the server

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  5. Dingofest2 says:

    I experienced same issue, after installing January 2020 updates on Server 2008 R2, system booted into Recovery Mode loop. Only fix that worked was to reverse patches. From Recovery Mode go to Command Prompt and run this command. Reboot.
    dism.exe /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions

  6. Daniel Johnson says:

    Also Worked for me,

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