Anybody seen this? Reboot loop when entering Audit Mode?

Ikarian asked:

We have a production system in place that requires users to enter Audit Mode a few times during a computer refurbishing process.

Most machines we get are in OOBE mode when we get them, and the current instruction is to Ctrl+Shift+F3 into audit mode to look up the vital stats on the machine before it is reimaged.

On a handful of HP desktop or all-in-ones, when they attempt to go into Audit Mode, the machine starts into a reboot loop. It will briefly show the desktop, but then reboot again and continue rebooting. I’m kind of at a loss on this one. Google was not very helpful – this seems to happen a lot when doing as sysprep and getting an error, but we’re not doing a sysprep on these machines. Any suggestions?

My answer:

If you’re just reimaging the machine anyway, I would suggest you ignore and work around it.

For instance, skip the boot into Windows step and boot WinPE instead to gather the information you’re looking for.

View the full question and any other answers on Server Fault.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.