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Re: hope this helps Merl
(NT) ''What about'' the last paragraph of the article?
Re: (NT) ''What about'' the last paragraph of the article?
Unfortunately, system restore will not run from the command prompt.
So I finally did a repair install and it still has the registry errors.
So i guess its now, clean install time.
''Will not'' or ''Cannot''?
The article [Q304449] describes steps for starting System Restore from the Command Prompt when you are unable to start the computer normally or in Safe mode.
Re: ''Will not'' or ''Cannot''?
I do believe I said CANNOT.
Nothing except regedit would run from safe mode with command prompt. I took awhile but I finally figured out (actually my son did) that the permissions in the registry were screwed up on the HKey_CLASSES_ROOT key.
The permissions for Administrator and Administrators was not there, this stopped all program usage when booted to an admin account. Once the permissions were added back the problem went away.
Merl, do you have a bootable WinXP CD?
If so, then try this. Basically, it's a how to for using the Recovery Console. NOTE: Read the piece twice before starting, then follow the instructions without fail. It's not hard - just complicated at some points...
Merl, Before you try a clean install--
Since I had similar problems with XP when I added SP2 and tried to uninstall some applications, I re-installed XP over the problem XP installation. (Not a repair install, but a complete install without formatting the HDD) The new installation corrected all the registry problems, but left all the installed programs in place and did not eliminate my important files. (Naturally if you can --back up your important files first)Of course you will have to reinstall the service packs to XP but this is a small price to pay for straightening out the registry.
Re: Merl, Before you try a clean install--
I finally fixed the permissions problem in the registry.
I got all the programs to run again, however, there were already more problems that I didn't know about.
Apparently the registry was damaged in other places as well before my fiasco.
So I did a clean install without formatting so the data is all still there, just need to re-install the programs.
Less time wasted doing a re-install than trying to fix a screwed up system.