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XP not starting -- Registry Recovery?


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#1 fabulous!

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 03:49 PM

My mother runs a WinXP computer and came to me today with a problem. It wanted to check disk, so I let it, and then when it was completed I got a message:

Registry Recovery
One of the files containing the system's registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful.

I click ok, and nothing happens. The computer sits on the screen and won't continue to boot.

Computer will not start in safe mode. I don't get the "registry recovery" message, but the boot hangs on the same screen.

I believe this computer runs XP Home Edition SP2. I don't have the specifics on this machine as I don't use it. I haven't been able to perform any other steps because it won't continue logging on. Can someone advise me on what I can do about this?

Edited by fabulous!, 10 March 2012 - 04:12 PM.


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:29 PM

Hold tight, I have asked people who deal with unbootable computers to assist you.

In the mean time do you have access to the Windows XP Installation Media like a CD?

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:37 PM

You'll want to do a repair installation.

Boot to the XP CD and choose the SECOND repair option, allowing XP to install on top of itself. After completion you'll need to go to Windows Update and download & install all updates (except for hardware & driver related updates, which should never be downloaded from Windows Update - only from the OEM websites). Here is a clear tutorial on how to perform a repair install: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/138-how-to-repair-windows-xp/


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:37 PM

Thank you very much!

We bought the computer second hand and I don't have any of the cds that go along with it, so no, I don't have anything like that. None of the other computers I have access to even use XP anymore.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:39 PM

Hm, I don't have access to anything like that. Am I going to have to buy a copy of XP to do this?

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:56 PM

You can borrow a copy from someone as long as it's the same type (Home / Pro) and service pack. Alternatively you can try system restore from a command prompt:

When the system first boots start tapping the F8 key until you get to the Advanced Startup Options Screen. Then Choose "Safe Mode With Command Prompt...
When the command prompt is displayed, type the following: [systemroot]\system32\restore\rstrui.exe (the system root folder is the folder to which you installed the XP operating system files, usually c:\windows).

Press Enter

Now you can follow the instructions on the screen to use System Restore

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:24 AM

Computer will not start in safe mode.

I suspect the steps in the previous post won't work. :)

At what point does the computer hang? Is it still on the logon screen now?

Try this please. You will need a USB drive.

Download GETxPUD.exe to the desktop of your clean computer
  • Run GETxPUD.exe
  • A new folder will appear on the desktop.
  • Open the GETxPUD folder and click on the get&burn.bat
  • The program will download xpud_0.9.2.iso, and upon finished will open BurnCDCC ready to burn the image.
  • Click on Start and follow the prompts to burn the image to a CD.
  • Next download rst.sh to your USB drive
  • Remove the USB & CD and insert it in the sick computer
  • Boot the Sick computer with the CD you just burned
  • The computer must be set to boot from the CD
  • Gently tap F12 and choose to boot from the CD
  • Follow the prompts
  • A Welcome to xPUD screen will appear
  • Press File
  • Expand mnt
  • sda1,2...usually corresponds to your HDD
  • sdb1 is likely your USB
  • Click on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?)
  • Confirm that you see rst.sh that you downloaded there
  • Press Tool at the top
  • Choose Open Terminal
  • Type bash rst.sh
  • Press Enter
  • After it has finished a report will be located on your USB drive named enum.log
  • Remove the USB drive and insert it back in your working computer and navigate to enum.log

    Please note - all text entries are case sensitive
Copy and paste the enum.log for my review

regards, Elise


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:53 AM

Computer will not start in safe mode.

I suspect the steps in the previous post won't work. :)


I suspect you're right. Missed that part.




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