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#1 Piegie


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Posted 12 June 2010 - 01:42 PM

So I first did this registry defrag with a program similar to Tune-up utilities and after it was done I had to reboot. So I did. But then suddenly I received this message wihle booting : Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

I was like, wtffffff. So I looked at Windows' site and saw a solution : support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/en-us I did part one, rebooted but then suddenly, it looked like I had reformatted. Other login name etc but when I logged it, aaaaall of my proggies and cfg's etc were still in the C:\ directory. But then, I tried to acces the Documents of "Pieter-Jan" ( my actual profile ) and I got this pop-up that I couldn't enter. Only could enter the map of the new nickname that was given to me after I did the stuff at the link. Another weird thing about it is, all of my drivers are gone + ain't got any internet connection what so ever ( On laptop atm ). So I'd be soooooooooooooooo happy if someone could help me !!!

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 03:32 PM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.XP Fixes Myth #1: Registry Cleaners

If you do insist on using Registry cleaners, ALWAYS backup the registry BEFORE making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry
(I highly recommend, you make a copy of this article.)

Now with that said, you may need to run a chkdsk /r in a command prompt via Start then Run type in cmd and type in the previous command of chkdsk /r and reboot. You may have to do this in safe mode or via repair option.

Edited by cryptodan, 12 June 2010 - 03:34 PM.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 04:10 PM

Looks like you got bitten by your registry cleaning program
That is why we do not recommend them as cryptodan posted

I am not clear on the second paragraph of your post
Are you saying that the system is now booting? I assume that you are
Can you clarify this a little more and post make/model of the system
In the beginning there was the command line.

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