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editing registry

by jgw0 / February 5, 2014 5:01 AM PST

I wonder if it is possible to edit the registry on a drive that is not booted up. My problem is pretty simple. I have a c drive and that c drive is connected to a motherboard that is toast. Now I have to move the drive to a new motherboard. To do that I am going to have to remove my enum directory from the current control set to force xp to reset its drivers to the new motherboard. I can no longer boot up on the old motherboard.

I can, however, hook the drive up as an external drive on another machine, I just don't know how to edit a registry when not logged into it.

Thank you..........

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Absolutely.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2014 5:07 AM PST
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But how to do this has been written about so many times that I would be left guessing what real question you have here.

In parting google this -> How to change motherboards and save Windows XP?
Bob

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Not sure but have a look here.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / February 5, 2014 5:08 AM PST
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(NT) NTPASSWD. "I have the power!"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2014 5:09 AM PST
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Of course.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / February 5, 2014 5:15 AM PST

I overlooked that the drive can hook up to another machine. thanks Bob.

Dafydd.

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you want to boot from it?
by James Denison / February 5, 2014 11:33 AM PST
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Or just have it as an extra drive to use for data storage? If you put as a second drive in another computer and won't boot from it, there shouldn't be any problem, unless it's PATA type and all you have are SATA ports available.

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by jgw0 / February 6, 2014 3:58 AM PST

Thank you for the replies.

Here is what I want to do. I want to take a c drive, from an existing machine with a bad motherboard, and delete HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG > SYSTEM> CURRENTCONTROLSET > ENUM (and then delete the ENUM registry key) This will remove the drivers from the bad motherboard. Then I can replace the bad motherboard, reinstall the drive with the registry I just changed and try to boot. In theory XP will then proceed to rebuilt the ENUM key with the new motherboard's drivers, thereby allowing that drive to actually reboot.

Thank you......

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NTPASSWD can do that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2014 4:48 AM PST
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Among other things.

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why not put in the other computer
by James Denison / February 6, 2014 8:48 AM PST
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and just boot to Safe Mode and do it? Have you tried Bob's suggestion?

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plan
by jgw0 / February 6, 2014 1:45 PM PST

Thanks for the replies!

I have the offending disk attached as an external drive. I also now have a bartpe booting cd. Tomorrow I will see how I do with that. If I fail then I will move onto ntpasswd. I was reading the faq and the suggestion was to do unix things. I do have a unix machine running (Ubuntu - use it for programming).So I now have some options and, hopefully, I will not screwup everything. My main fear is that I will end up having to reinstall everything which would be a genuine pain.

Anyway, I will forage ahead and, for the heck of it, report (irregardless of results <G>)

Thanks again!

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OK so you want to do it that way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2014 1:48 PM PST
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