In the event shown directly above, towards the bottom, in the final “<Data>” element that starts with “
\\?\C:\ProgramData...“, that entry does point to a folder containing a Report.wer file. It is a plain text containing a bunch of error dump info, but nothing that would seem to indicate where to even start looking to fix this. And, nothing useful for searching on, at least not as far as my searching around revealed.
There you have it: a nearly untraceable way to prevent SQL Server from starting.
Read on to see how what Solomon did.