Black Screen When Attempting To Log Onto A Windows 2003 Server

Posted on 23rd May 2013 by
Sam


Ever had a black screen when you attempt to log onto to a windows 2003 server?

This can be caused by the server running out of disk space and helpfully removing the colour scheme from the registry

Fix: Use remote registry service to connect to problem server (should be able to do this from any windows pc) and edit the following key:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors

The best option is to find another 2003 server and export this key and import on the server with the black screen. If this can’t be done, copy the following into a text file, rename the text file to end with a .reg extension and then import this. Reboot and you should now be able to see the login prompt in full Technicolor

“ActiveBorder”=”212 208 200”
“ActiveTitle”=”0 84 227”
“AppWorkSpace”=”128 128 128”
“Background”=”0 78 152”
“ButtonAlternateFace”=”181 181 181”
“ButtonDkShadow”=”113 111 100”
“ButtonFace”=”236 233 216”
“ButtonHilight”=”255 255 255”
“ButtonLight”=”241 239 226”
“ButtonShadow”=”172 168 153”
“ButtonText”=”0 0 0”
“GradientActiveTitle”=”61 149 255”
“GradientInactiveTitle”=”157 185 235”
“GrayText”=”172 168 153”
“Hilight”=”49 106 197”
“HilightText”=”255 255 255”
“HotTrackingColor”=”0 0 128”
“InactiveBorder”=”212 208 200”
“InactiveTitle”=”122 150 223”
“InactiveTitleText”=”216 228 248”
“InfoText”=”0 0 0”
“InfoWindow”=”255 255 225”
“Menu”=”255 255 255”
“MenuText”=”0 0 0”
“Scrollbar”=”212 208 200”
“TitleText”=”255 255 255”
“Window”=”255 255 255”
“WindowFrame”=”0 0 0”
“WindowText”=”0 0 0”
“MenuHilight”=”49 106 197”
“MenuBar”=”236 233 216”

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