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Editing the registry without boot, plz help!

by Crapozo / July 22, 2005 1:44 PM PDT

Hello, i have a .reg archine which i would like to merge(?) into the current registry on my xp pro machine

How would i do that?
I CANNOT log into XP
I cannot run regedit from dos
I cannot run regedit from the recovery console
I cannot get into the safe mode of xp, nor command prompt or ANY of the boot options.

All i have available is my bootable xp pro upgrade cd and a win98 cd which i can use to get into dos...

Plz help, this is urgent

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Can you tell us
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 22, 2005 8:07 PM PDT

the full story?

I don't know what a .reg archine is. Perhaps someone else here does, but please tell us what is happening to your computer and what you are trying to do, and why.

You say you cannot log into XP, why not?

You cannot run regedit from DOS, XP doesn't have DOS, but whether DOS still remains after upgrading 98 to XP I am not sure.

Cannot run regedit from the recovery console. Why not, what error messages do you get?

You cannot get into Safe Mode of XP, nor the command prompt or any boot options. Why, what happens?

Does the BIOS recognise your hard disk?

I'm not an expert on these matters, but I am sure more information is vital before anyone can help you.


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what happends..
by Crapozo / July 22, 2005 9:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Can you tell us

I can't get into the boot options, as far as i can go is that it stops at thwe longon screen and thats it
I cannot run regedit from the recovery console because if i try it says access is denied.
Yep the bios recognises the hardisk, it's only the windows xp thats the problem

What i mean by a .reg backup is a .reg registry files,
e.g file.reg files..

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Like Mark I don't fully understand
by retired / July 22, 2005 10:02 PM PDT
In reply to: what happends..

What you are trying to do but if you have lost all options to boot you might try a parallel install. the instructions are below.

Perform a Parallel Install (Same partition)(New Windows Folder)

A parallel install of Windows XP is always a good idea If you are unable to boot into your original install of XP. You can boot into a parallel install to get access to the original install. From the parallel install you can replace registry files, modify registry files, replace bad driver files and retreive data.
A parallel install of XP should only be done to repair your original install or retreive data, It is not meant to replace your original installation.

1. Start your computer from the Windows XP/CD Rom

2. Watch for the prompt to "Press any key to boot from CD" (Loads Files) "Do not use again"

3. At the Welcome to setup screen, press Enter to begin the windows XP setup

4. End user license agreement, Press F8

5. To continue installing a fresh copy of windows XP without reparing press "ESC"

6. To setup Windows on the selected item press "Enter"

7. To continue setup using this partition Press "C"

8. Select the "Leave The Current File System Intact"(No Changes) option, press "Enter" to continue

9. Press ESC to install to a different folder

10. If the Program detects another OS it prompts you to type a name for the new folder after the slash(\), for example you could type \WINXP. if no other OS is detected the setup program automatically assigns \WINDOWS, press "Enter"

11. you will go thru the regular Windows setup, Product Key, ETC

12. After repairs are made you should delete the new Windows folder by restarting the computer and booting to the old windows setup.

13. Go to start/Run and type "msconfig", Open "Boot.ini" , highlight the new OS, click on "check all boot paths" and remove the entry for the new windows setup. .

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Can you try
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 22, 2005 10:03 PM PDT
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other thread...
by Crapozo / July 22, 2005 10:32 PM PDT
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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 22, 2005 10:34 PM PDT
In reply to: other thread...

I've locked this thread for the time being.

I hadn't realised the two threads were the same.


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