Posted 09 February 2010 - 06:58 PM
Hello! I've completely run out of options. Here's my story.
I have three computers, a Dell that I'm using now, a Mac that the rest of my family uses, and a Compaq Presario v5000 laptop, which is mine. The Dell and laptop both use Windows XP.
My friend gave it to me a couple of years ago, in horrible external shape. I cleared all the viruses he left in it, and found the laptop quite enjoyable. However, about 4 months ago, trying to purge a virus, I deleted the userinit key in the registry. Not the .exe file in the system32 folder, the registry key. This rendered me unable to log on.
I immediately tried many solutions, which all hit dead ends. I first tried to use a Windows XP CD to restore the laptop. What my friend never told me was that the CD drive in the laptop was destroyed. So I couldn't boot from a CD.
I then tried to boot Windows through a USB. I configured the USB properly after many tries, before finding out that my laptop didn't actually have the ability to boot from a flash drive.
Now 4 months later, I finally got my SATA to USB adapter, and have my laptop's hard drive successfully hooked up to this computer I'm using right now. I can browse through the folders fine.
My problem is that I don't know how to access the registry in my laptop's hard drive from this computer. I'm stuck now, when I was sure this would be the solution.
Please, I beg of you, would you be so kind as to help point me in the right direction? Can I boot my laptop's hard drive with the adapter, and use a CD to fix it? Can I access the registry from this computer somehow? Is there another solution I'm missing?
I've had to learn more about computers than I ever thought I would in the past 4 months to try and fix this...I apologize deeply if I'm missing something simple. This laptop is really important to me, and I feel I'm close to getting it to run again.
Thank you to everyone in advance. Those bleeping computers will be the end of me...