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Windows 7: Deleted Registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software


06 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Deleted Registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software

Hey guys,
Long story short, I delete the whole "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software" folder, so I tried to restore it with YARU (Yet Another Registry Utility), which should have worked. However, I actually REBOOTED before doing this, and Windows flashed me this screen that said "Setting Up Personalized Settings for...". It was like what you get when you have a new user account. To prove that, I launched Windows Media Player, and it asked me to set the settings. DAMNIT!

So then, I restored everything. The theme was changed to Windows XP, so I changed it back to Windows 7. However, I CANNOT get the Taskbar and Start Menu settings to change! I am an administrator user account, and the settings JUST WON'T CHANGE! I can apply a setting, and nothing will happen, and when I open the settings dialog again, it's like I didn't make any changes

I ran Startup Repair, but it couldn't fix my problem. Currently running SFC, but I need URGENT HELP!

Thanks,
Injust


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06 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

SFC came back with "no integrity violations"
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06 Nov 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Justin,

You could do a system restore at boot using a restore point (if available) dated before you did this to undo it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Sorry, no restore points are available
KNEW IT!
Shoulda done a backup :P
Been editting the registry for a long while, and THIS has to happen
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06 Nov 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Oh my. It never does seem to happen when you're prepared for it.

You're looking at most likely needing to reinstall Windows 7.
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07 Nov 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Are you sure you messed around with ONLY HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software?
If so... only your user account has problems.

sfc/scan doesn't solve it. System restore isn't working I read, no backup as well.
reinstall/upgrade install doesn't solve it.

What did you restore (or tried to restore) using YARU?
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07 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

The whole HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software branch.
I'm thinking that I know what I messed up, and am trying to restore the keys using YARU, but most of em have been overwritten already
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07 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Why did you delete it ??????????????????
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07 Nov 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Why did you delete it ??????????????????
Good question.

Why did you disable restore points?
Why don't you make backups?
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07 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Oh, I was removing stuff leftover from uninstalled programs :P
But I guess I didn't select the proper folder
So, any way I can fix this?
Because also, all my programs are messed up
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