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Windows 7: Offline registry repair

26 Mar 2015   #1

Windows 7 x64
Offline registry repair

Is there a way to repair Windows 7 registry on these conditions?
- Main account with admin rights is not accessible (broken system registry)
- Backup account with standard rights is accessible but not allowing any system changes or system restore
- ProfileList is broken
- No system backup available
- No installation DVD available

I'm looking for an offline way of registry repair or system restore. Which boot CD can help with this?
Thanks for any advices
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26 Mar 2015   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

You need to enable the hidden Administrator account, see here: User Account Password - Change from WinRE

Once you do that, log in as Administrator and make any necessary repairs.

Edit: If you can login as Administrator, do a System Restore as that will restore the registry from the restore point you choose.
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26 Mar 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

As I understand the question of being offline is that you want to be booted to a CD or DVD or USB Thumb/Flash drive so as to edit the Windows Registry without actually having Windows running, is that correct? I see an issue in such a scenario in that the Registry is made up of 5 Hives or text files and it will be quite cumbersome to have to edit each file as there's more than one place for entries to be made by whatever has to make them.
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26 Mar 2015   #4

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.2 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit

I did stumble upon a procedure for editing the Registry Hives using the Command Prompt on the Windows install disc (remove faulty drivers).
After you install a device or update a driver for a device, Windows Vista or Windows 7 may not start

In my case the procedure didn't work, possibly due to PEBKAC (the description was a bit vague) or because the item I disabled wasn't the driver causing the issue.
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29 Mar 2015   #5

Windows 7 x64

Problem is solved, thanks for advices
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