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Restoring The Registry From Rcovery Console


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 03:14 PM

Hi, like the title says, I need to know how to restore the registry from Windows Recovery Console on a Dell Laptop with an OEM version of Windows XP Home SP2.

At this point, all I'm interested in is repairing it enough to boot into Windows, burn all my files to a CD and then wipe the drive and start fresh.

The MS Knowledge Base Article I read (see here) states that I should not use the method therein described to restore the registry on an OEM system as I may lock myself out.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 05:03 PM

Try one of the Live Linux distros. They are self contained including cd burnond software. If you have at least 256Mb of RAM you will not even have to install any of the software on the hard drive.
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Posted 04 November 2006 - 05:05 PM

I'd suggest not trying to mess with the registry - it'll be much easier to boot with a DOS boot disk and NTFS reader or a Live Linux distro to recovery your files.

Or, you can do a parallel installation of Windows and access your data that way.

But, have you considered doing a repair installation of Windows XP. This will keep all your programs and data intact, and should allow you to start using the PC again without the gyrations required with a registry restoration. Here's a link: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Posted 05 November 2006 - 06:10 PM

Prepare yourselves, mateys, for a tale of horror and sacrifice, of blood curdling error messages and a registry hive gone bad!

I tried doing a repair installation of Windows, which appeared to work until the second stage of the installation process began (after the first reboot). Windows began to load, then I got an error message about being unable to locate certain info in the registry and that Windows will be restarted. I let this process loop itself three times before giving up.

Then, as sweat poured from my brow, I slowly reached for my CD carryall and pulled out my secret weapon...

It was, The Ultimate Boot Disc for Windows! Armed with it's vast array of Windows repair tools, I restored the registry from an old Windows Restore Point, rebooted with the XP installation disk, reperformed the repair installation, and successfully booted into Windows!

Then, the complete fourth season of The Black Adder playing in the background, whipping out my copy of Avast! Antivirus, I performed a boot-time scan of the hard drive revealing not one, not two, not even five nuggets of malicious software, but 18 individual infections scattered throughout the drive.

Having vanquished the evil viruses, and thereafter performed a mighty chkdsk and defrag, I moved to fortify the defenses of this laid up laptop through the secret charms and spells of XP Service Pack 2.

So boys and girls, let that be a lesson. Keep your computers up-to-date, protect them with firewalls and antimalware programs, guard against the hacker, unless you want to pay someone to fix it all later for you, that is.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 07:56 AM

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