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Windows 7: Urgent Problem! Can't restore registry backup, Can't Boot Windows.

04 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Urgent Problem! Can't restore registry backup, Can't Boot Windows.

What basically happened is... I was installing Adobe After Effects on my computer and i was getting error "Installer can't initialize, restart pending on your system" or some similar stuff. I was trying to find solution on that problem, and what i found was that i have to delete some registry key named "InProgress".
So, i searched registry for that particular key... but i found like 2 of that. Deleted both but i've made Export (backup) on those keys before delete.
And yea.. i was working in After Effect for 2 days, without rebooting my machine.
But today i've rebooted it, and windows won't start.
I've tried everything... Auto-Repair can't find problem, there is no recent image saved for backup of the system (so if i restore to like 4 month old image i will lose all software installed, which is almost unacceptable), there was one other option which i am using now... reboot in dual boot with my Linux and search for solution online.
Now i am on Linux, I located the backup .reg files that i saved before i delete them. I've opened 1 of those registry files with Kwrite (notepad on windows) to see if i can locate manually reg file and put it where it belong ... but i couldn't find anything helpful inside the file.
Also i found how to restore them via recovery console on windows (cmd) using command: REGEDIT blabla.reg .

One of those keys restored successfully but the other one (the one that i've opened with Notepad) making problems. I getting message like "This file can't be merged blabla" (can't remember of exact message".
What i suspect here is... when i opened that file maybe i pressed in some line of that reg file space or accidentally put some character inside... so now its corrupted.

I have no clue what to do. Please help

I attached that file so if you can check it out and help me i would really appreciate that.

P.S. Sorry for my broken English

Attached Files
File Type: reg progress 2.reg (9.7 KB, 5 views)
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04 Feb 2013   #2

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Hi Cpekeh, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Let me just check I understood you correctly:
When installing software, Windows very clearly told you the installer cannot continue because of a pending restart, which by the way is quite normal for instance when you have updated or installed something that needs a restart but you choose to restart later.

Any sane user would of course have decided to follow clear instructions and reboot, but you chose to "play with registry" on a system where there are no fresh backups. This, of course, caused Windows to lose its functionality when finally rebooted.

Was that correct?

OK, now to solutions and recommendations: You need to do a clean, fresh install or restore the last possible image. Your installation is now so corrupted any other method to get it work at least temporarily is too little too late.

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04 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thank you for replying...
I forgot to mention...
After getting that message from Adobe Installer.. i restarted 3-4 times... i even closed any other processes that can make conflicts after third restart.. no result. I forgot to mention this because i didn't wanted to be as detailed as possible... because if i mention everything i did to make it work... this post will be like 2 hours for reading :)

I just need to find a way to put this key into registry again and everything will be okay. I am trying to find solution to that only. Can you help me how to manually add and create registry that are in that reg file?
I am currently on Linux and i have full availability on the Win Directory. I know that restoring or fresh install is easiest option... but if i wanted to do that at first place i won't look for solution for 3 hours and write on this forum.
The loss is too big to do restoration to image that is 4 month old.

My question is... is it any man on this forum capable of giving me knowledge or i let him put the keys himself manually into registry folder or what should i do to fix that corrupted .reg file?

Thank you very much for your kind response :)
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