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Restore registry from non booting computer


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#1 acedrums

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 03:06 PM

Can I restore the registry from a non booting computer with a live CD, and how would I do that? Also is the BootMed live CD a good option to use?

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 06:13 PM

If I can assume you are running Win 7 because that is the forum you posted in, then yes, you can use a live disc to repair your OS. However the best one by far to use is a Windows Install disc as this will allow you to do a repair install which will restore your registry, among other things, normally without affecting your applications or data.

 

If you have access to another computer, you can download a legal copy of your version of Windows from Digital River and use your COA to authenticate, links here -

 

Windows 7 Home Premium (x86) - 32 bit

 

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) - 64 bit

 

Windows 7 Professional (x86) - 32 bit

 

Windows 7 Professional (x64) - 64 bit

 

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)* - 32 bit

 

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)* - 64 bit

 

The disc downloads as an ISO type file and you will need ImageBurn - or similar - to convert the downloaded file to a usable install disc. You can get Image Burn, a free download, from www.ImgBurn.com.

 

This is probably your best chance to restore your computer without affecting your data. Alternatively, and the route I would go, you could download a copy of the live Puppy Linux CD - also an ISO file download - and use that to transfer your data to an external drive before trying to repair Windows. I believe strongly in backing up data before doing major repairs whenever possible !  You can get Puppy, along with instructions for using it, from here -

 

http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm

 

Alternatively, if you have a restore partition on your computer you could use this to reset it back to an 'ex-works' condition but this would mean losing your data (unless you use something like Puppy to back it up first) and having to re-install all your applications. Your manual will tell you how to do the restore, and if you don't have a copy you can probably download one from the manufacturer's web-site.

 

A quick look at the BootMed web-site suggest it is capable of restoring the registry in XP, but makes no claims for other versions of Windows.

 

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 10:24 AM

Hi,

 

Can I restore the registry from a non booting computer with a live CD, and how would I do that? Also is the BootMed live CD a good option to use?

Thank You.

 

In my opinion the safer way to do it is to access the System Recovery Options (instructions how to access here)

Windows_Vista_System_Recovery.png

 

And try to use System Restore to restore the system to a date before the problem start.


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Posted 12 September 2014 - 05:39 PM

SleepyDude is absolutely right - if you can get your computer to start in 'Safe mode'.

 

If you can get into safe mode, then go his way. If you can't - and your OP isn't clear on this - then you are going to have to try it my way. One thing is sure, trying it via 'Safe mode' will be quicker than creating bootable discs, if it works.

 

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