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Windows 7: Badly corrupted Registry and Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit Install

13 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Badly corrupted Registry and Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit Install

I apologize in advance if I have posted this in the wrong forum. It's just that in my opinion, my "problem" isn't really a problem as in only one. I'm so badly confused and frustrated now, that I don't even want to turn my PC on! Here goes what has been going wrong with my Dell Inspiron 580 Desktop PC, as briefly and clearly as I can state it. My computer has a 500 GB SATA hdd that is divided into two "Volumes." One Volume is partitioned to be 144 GB in size and has my Linux distribution of Mint as an OS on it. The second one, partitioned to be 350 GB in size, has my Windows 7 OS and all the other files on it that I have created since first installing Windows 7 on it. I no longer have my original installation disc. My Windows partition has become badly corrupted to the point where I definitely think I must uninstall my copy of Windows 7 and securely erase the entire partition - along with the Linux one. My second step would be to run a "Live" version of my preferred Linux OS (no installation on hdd needed to) until and only if I decided to deal with Windows again.

All I can say in addition is that when I went into Windows' Backup and Restore settings via the Control Panel, and tried to do a full system backup, it failed abruptly at the point where 80% of the folders and files had been backed up. All I saw displayed was the following message: "CRAIG-PC 2/12/2014 7:02 PM Drive 3 - Errors during Windows Backup." It completely hung up and I aborted the backup at that point. Also, when I run the latest version of CCleaner, it constantly shows the same infection again and again. I have attached a screenshot or log of the latest scan where the same exact virus showed up again plus two more.

In conclusion, is there any way for me to do another partial backup of only specific program and data files, other then the Windows OS-specific ones? If not, I'm really screwed, it seems. Thanks for any help you can give me, and I hope at least some of this made sense.

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File Type: reg cc_20140213_103525.reg (958 Bytes, 4 views)
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13 Feb 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Hmm, could be that something is wrong with your disk. Run a chkdsk /r in cmd. You can also try another imaging program. Maybe you have more luck with this one: Imaging with free Macrium
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13 Feb 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP


Have you ever done a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 of the factory preinstalled Win7 which is the worst possible install one can have in the first place?

If not look over the steps to ask back any questions, make the preparations, when you boot the disk to do the Custom install be sure to use the Drive Options pictured in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7 to delete all but the small OEM partition at the front of the drive if it will still run Dell PC Diagnostics from the F12 Boot menu key - try it now to see.

And if you've done a Clean install before, look over the steps anyway to see how you can get it perfect this time.
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13 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Why do you need to securely erase the linux partition too? If you don't want to use Windows anymore you can use a live CD with gparted on it to resize your linux partition such that it fills the entire drive.
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 Badly corrupted Registry and Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit Install

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