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WinXP SP3 - Recovering Old Registry After XP Reinstall


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#1 P-D

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 11:17 PM

My WinXP SP3 shut down while unattended (it probably lost power and shut down improperly) and wouldn't boot without repairing it.  I did so with a USB thumb drive (I'm using an old mini-pc without a CD drive).  In attempting to repair it, it seems I may have selected the wrong option and so the operating system was reinstalled leaving the old non-OS files intact.
 
The problem is that my old settings are gone.  My old user still exists in the directory as do my programs / applications, which seem to run fine though as if they are freshly installed for a new user without my old settings, and other files are able to open.
 
In essence, it seems as if my old user and registry settings have disappeared though the user's files and programs remain.
 
Can anyone tell me how to recover and install the old user and registry settings, which I guess may require a file recovery program, and then delete the newly created user?
 
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Posted 26 March 2016 - 10:01 AM

If...you reinstalled XP and the programs remained intact...that would equate to a repair install of XP.

 

If the files and programs remained intact, then the registry would also have remained intact.

 

My experiences with XP are not necessarily universal...but I can envision no way that what you describe...could have occurred.  A repair install provides new system files and retains previous programs, data, and registry settings that relate to maintaining the programs in an operable/useable state.  A clean install wipes out all programs and related registry settings.  An inplace install...is just another name for a repair install of XP.

 

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 12:13 PM

Thanks Louis for sharing your experiences.

 

Yes, you're right that the registry seems to have stayed intact.  The user settings seems to have been lost.  It seems as if a new user was created that grants access to the old user's files and directories.  For example, the systems default "My Documents" folder is now empty though if I go through the local drive's directory to the old user (via the "Documents and Settings" folder), I can find the old user's "My Documents" folder listed as "UserXP's Documents."

 

Is there a way to repair this?  Thanks.



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Posted 27 March 2016 - 09:03 AM

1.  Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 
2.  Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download.  
 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 
speccy9_zps2d9cdedc.png
 
Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 
speccy7_zpsfa02105f.png
 
The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 
speccy3_zps1791b093.png
 
In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.
 
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Posted 27 March 2016 - 09:53 AM

Thanks again.

 

When attempting to publish the Speccy snapshot (i.e. File > Publish Snapshot > Yes), I get a response that "The system cannot find the file specified."  I don't know if it's related to my WiFi driver going missing or undetected since the problem occurred; I'm using an ethernet cable).  I had same experience running the file program from the zipped and extracted folder.

 

Though I suppose it's of limited help, the manufacturer's webpage for the device (HP Mini 110-3015DX) is found here:  support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-Mini-110-PC-series/4166077/model/4229979

 

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==========  BELOW IS THE MiniToolBox OUTPUT ==========

 

MiniToolBox by Farbar  Version: 07-02-2016 01
Ran by UserXP (administrator) on 27-03-2016 at 14:33:11
Running from "C:\Documents and Settings\UserXP.PRIVE-D495EF201\My Documents\Downloads"
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (X86)
Model: HP Mini 110-3000 Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
Boot Mode: Normal
***************************************************************************
 
========================= Event log errors: ===============================
 
Application errors:
==================
Error: (03/27/2016 02:06:10 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application registrycleaner.exe, version 4.0.0.0, faulting module mfc90u.dll, version 9.0.30729.6161, fault address 0x00051eec.
Processing media-specific event for [registrycleaner.exe!ws!]
 
Error: (03/27/2016 02:02:15 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application registrycleaner.exe, version 4.0.0.0, faulting module mfc90u.dll, version 9.0.30729.6161, fault address 0x00051eec.
Processing media-specific event for [registrycleaner.exe!ws!]
 
Error: (03/27/2016 02:02:01 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application registrycleaner.exe, version 4.0.0.0, faulting module mfc90u.dll, version 9.0.30729.6161, fault address 0x00051eec.
Processing media-specific event for [registrycleaner.exe!ws!]
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller) (User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Product: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 - Update '.NET Framework WinForms' could not be installed. Error code 1603. Additional information is available in the log file C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt.
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller) (User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Product: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 - Update '.NET Framework ASP .NET' could not be installed. Error code 1603. Additional information is available in the log file C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt.
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller) (User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Product: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 - Update '.NET Framework 2' could not be installed. Error code 1603. Additional information is available in the log file C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt.
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller) (User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Product: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 - Update '.NET Framework 1' could not be installed. Error code 1603. Additional information is available in the log file C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt.
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller) (User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Product: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 - Update 'Dr. Watson' could not be installed. Error code 1603. Additional information is available in the log file C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt.
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller) (User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Product: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 - Update '.NET Framework PreXP' could not be installed. Error code 1603. Additional information is available in the log file C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt.
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller) (User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Product: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 - Update '.NET Framework CRT' could not be installed. Error code 1603. Additional information is available in the log file C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt.
 
System errors:
=============
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:59 AM) (Source: Windows Update Agent) (User: )
Description: Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x80070643: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Family Update (KB951847) x86.
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:02:48 AM) (Source: Windows Update Agent) (User: )
Description: Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x80070643: Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.1.
 
Error: (03/27/2016 03:30:50 AM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: \Device\ACPIEC
 
Error: (03/27/2016 03:30:45 AM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: \Device\ACPIEC
 
Error: (03/27/2016 03:30:40 AM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: \Device\ACPIEC
 
Error: (03/27/2016 03:30:35 AM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: \Device\ACPIEC
 
Error: (03/27/2016 03:30:30 AM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: \Device\ACPIEC
 
Error: (03/27/2016 03:24:58 AM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: \Device\ACPIEC
 
Error: (03/27/2016 03:24:53 AM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: \Device\ACPIEC
 
Error: (03/27/2016 03:24:48 AM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: \Device\ACPIEC
 
Microsoft Office Sessions:
=========================
Error: (03/27/2016 02:06:10 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: registrycleaner.exe4.0.0.0mfc90u.dll9.0.30729.616100051eec
 
Error: (03/27/2016 02:02:15 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: registrycleaner.exe4.0.0.0mfc90u.dll9.0.30729.616100051eec
 
Error: (03/27/2016 02:02:01 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: registrycleaner.exe4.0.0.0mfc90u.dll9.0.30729.616100051eec
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller)(User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2.NET Framework WinForms1603C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller)(User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2.NET Framework ASP .NET1603C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller)(User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2.NET Framework 21603C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller)(User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2.NET Framework 11603C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller)(User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2Dr. Watson1603C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller)(User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2.NET Framework PreXP1603C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt
 
Error: (03/27/2016 05:04:46 AM) (Source: MsiInstaller)(User: PRIVE-D495EF201)
Description: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2.NET Framework CRT1603C:\DOCUME~1\USERXP~1.PRI\LOCALS~1\Temp\dd_NET_Framework20_Setup704C.txt
 
=========================== Installed Programs ============================
32 Bit HP CIO Components Installer (HKLM\...\{A80FA752-C491-4ED9-ABF0-4278563160B2}) (Version: 7.1.8 - Hewlett-Packard) Hidden
Atheros Driver Installation Program (HKLM\...\{C3A32068-8AB1-4327-BB16-BED9C6219DC7}) (Version: 9.0 - Atheros)
BitTorrent (HKLM\...\BitTorrent) (Version: 7.8.0.29545 - BitTorrent Inc.)
HP Update (HKLM\...\{912D30CF-F39E-4B31-AD9A-123C6B794EE2}) (Version: 5.005.002.002 - Hewlett-Packard)
HP Webcam (HKLM\...\{ADE16A9D-FBDC-4ecc-B6BD-9C31E51D0332}) (Version: 1.10.0413.01 - Vimicro Corporation)
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (HKLM\...\Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile) (Version: 4.0.30319 - Microsoft Corporation)
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Synaptics Pointing Device Driver (HKLM\...\SynTPDeinstKey) (Version: 15.0.17.4 - Synaptics Incorporated)
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Windows Search 4.0 (HKLM\...\KB940157) (Version: 04.00.6001.503 - Microsoft Corporation)
 
========================= Memory info: ===================================
Percentage of memory in use: 51%
Total physical RAM: 2035.82 MB
Available physical RAM: 981.09 MB
Total Virtual: 3928.16 MB
Available Virtual: 2940.34 MB
 
========================= Partitions: =====================================
1 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:80.27 GB) (Free:1.41 GB) NTFS
2 Drive d: () (Fixed) (Total:19.53 GB) (Free:0.69 GB) NTFS
3 Drive e: (Data) (Fixed) (Total:49.26 GB) (Free:1.72 GB) NTFS
 
========================= Users: ========================================
User accounts for \\PRIVE-D495EF201
 
Guest                    HelpAssistant            SUPPORT_388945a0         
User                     UserXP                   
 
 
**** End of log ****

Edited by hamluis, 27 March 2016 - 05:22 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 05:25 PM

I see 2 reasons why you may experience system problems.

 

1,  Use of Tuneup Utilities as a registry cleaner utiliy.  BC does not support the use of "registry cleaners/optimizers".

 

Registry Cleaner, Animal - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/526247/tune-up-utilities-2014-problem/?p=3303494

 

2.  Insufficient free space on the Windows partition.  The consensus is that 15% of the Windows partition should be free space, if one expects Windows to function as it should.

 

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 09:58 PM

Thanks for the comments, especially re registry cleaning / optimizing tools.  It's helpful to know.

 

Yes, the operating system partition's free space is much smaller than it should be.  I was hoping to resolve that at some point.  Reinstalling drivers, or in some cases attempting to do so, has occupied more space.

 

As per the new user created post-repair and the old pre-repair user, is there a way to merge them or, better still, have the latter's old settings recovered?  Would a file recovery program help?  Also, for what it's worth, I tried restoring a four-year old registry backup using Glary Utilities and that failed (prior to reading your message above re registry programs).

 

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 08:47 AM

You can try to move the user account data from one to the other...or even create a new account, move all data from Profile 1 to Profile 3.

 

Frankly, I would have little faith in registry data and settings that are the product of using any registry cleaner/optmizer, since there is no way that I can tell if the registry was corrupted by such use, what settings may have been removed by the utilities used.

 

FWIW:  http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/how-do-i-recover-a-damaged-windows-xp-user-profile/

 

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:06 PM

Thanks for the comments.  I seldom used registry cleaner / optimizer, though I suppose once is good enough to foul things up in future.  I primarily used these programs to back up my registry.

 

The linked article has a few suggestions for integrating users.  I'll take a closer look over the weekend to determine which is likely the more effective approach.

 

Thanks.


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:47 PM

Thanks Louis.  I tried to recover and integrate the old settings with the new user created and it was too much a burden to complete (e.g. the old drivers for WiFi and other devices couldn't be installed since WinXP isn't supported by the manufacturer any longer and manual installations failed for several reasons).  However much I wanted to stick with WinXP, I simply had to upgrade to Win10 at this point.

 

For what it's worth, I'm just closing the loop here.

 

Thanks again, Louis.



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Posted 11 April 2016 - 10:24 AM

:thumbup2: , moving away from XP is the better path.

 

Happy computing :).

 

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