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Windows 7: Registry Anomaly

14 Feb 2018   #11
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

I ALWAYS have a recent backup before I try a new program, especially a cleaner of any sort. External Hard Drive are very cheap and getting cheaper all the time. By the way, CCleaner on default options, give you a choice to backup the registry BEFORE it attempts to clean it. Sorry to hear that others have experienced issue with it.

As for a free backup program, the general consensus here appears to be Macrium Reflect free, which I demoed a few months back. The GUI (graphical user interface) is slightly intimidating for newbies in my opinion & I usually suggest AOMEI Backupper free. The GUI is much simpler. As always, GOOGLE is your friend, YouTube has a plethora of videos on these tools as well as many others. If you trash your registry, Windows creates a new registry backup every week or two. C:\Windows\System32\config\RegBack, which can be utilized to restore a corrupt registry, making re-imaging the C: drive or system restore unnecessary. Brink has an excellent tutorial on it in the Tutorial section, Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery, although the title is a little off subject, the process/steps to replace the registry components is identical. Additionally, Brian at Britec Computers UK has video demonstration on the subject, Restore Registry Hives on Windows 7 in Command Prompt, albeit, he doesn't include the cautionary check for 0 bits/bites in RegBack files, checks to see if your in the correct directories, etc., that Brink provides.


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14 Feb 2018   #12
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

I don't believe SFC Scannow will repair the registry entries. Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files
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15 Feb 2018   #13
JoWazzoo

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joe Ciaravino View Post
What would be the consequences of replacing the registry with a 2 month old version?
Any software and some changes made subsequent may not work correctly. Particularly new installs. Some may not work at all. Everything writes to the Registry these days
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15 Feb 2018   #14
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

I just ran sfc /scannow just to check system files. It said that some system files couldn't be repaired (I NOW remember doing this a long while ago with the same results)................anyway, I went to the log that was generated but was denied access.

So there ARE some corrupt system files. There HAVE been for a very long time. I can't access the logfile and if I did, I wouldn't know how to fix them.

This might be off the original track, but I'd like to get to the bottom of this first, and get to the registry next. Can anyone offer help.
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15 Feb 2018   #15
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Win7 x64 so it is! Must of had a little brain fade!
Have you managed to repair your registry? Did you locate a Repair Disk, or Win 7 x64 Disk? I would be happy to create a repair disk on my Win 7 machine and upload it, however, I believe you can enter the repair environment on your machine without it, providing the deleted registry key(s) aren't an issue there. I'm going to go ahead and create a repair disk, then create an ISO file so I'll have it on hand for you if you wish, and for others with similar issues in the future.
Windows 7 automatically makes a backup every week or so. My desktop has one from 2/7/18. You most likely have an auto backup. Would you like me to assist you in restoring your registry from the backup? It's a several step process!
I'd like to take you up on your kind offer. First Maybe I should tackle the situation uncovered in the previous post.

Thanks!
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15 Feb 2018   #16
JoWazzoo

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

You will need to use some "substring ** commands to dig out the errors in the CBS.log" as that file is HUGE. And then good luck. It can be a pain to isolate the files and find replacements as uncorrected errors are due to the backups being hosed as well.

Anything touched by SFC will have a [SR] in the entry, but they will be far too many of these in the CBS file. And CBS has a ton of other crap in them.

How do I analyze the command to detect corrupt files in Windows 7? - Super User

Search for:

"corrup"
"repair"
"Repairing corrupted file"
"Cannot repair member file"
"Repaired file"

Easiest to do this in a command prompt and log in to the directory that includes. CBS.log

then you can use something like

findstr /c:"Cannot repair" CBS.log | More

Or redirect the output to a text file

> sfcdetails.txt

instead of piping thru More
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16 Feb 2018   #17
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

If you run System Update Redness Tool it parses the data and creates a section "missing files" and attach the CheckSUR log which will then be located at %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\ to your next post, I'm pretty sure I have replacement files for your missing/corrupt ones. You can do either repair first, reg replacement with RegBack or missing/corrupt system files, makes no difference, your choice.
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16 Feb 2018   #18
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoWazzoo View Post
Any software and some changes made subsequent may not work correctly. Particularly new installs. Some may not work at all. Everything writes to the Registry these days
Windows creates RegBack new every 7-10 days, if you haven't installed

You shouldn't loose anything using RegBack to replace your registry. If you have a program you installed that isn't working correctly after registry replacement, go to Computer, uninstall program, click on the program, select uninstall and most often on of the choices on the next menus is repair. It is on Avast free anti-virus and many others in my experience. If that option is unavailable, Belarc adviser, free program, will locate all your paid for installed program keys. You can print them to a file or paper. Reinstall programs, insert product key.
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16 Feb 2018   #19
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

tweaking.com's registry backup / restore utility also does a great job of creating registry hives backups. Both on-demand and scheduled registry backups can be made into any specified directory or its default choice.
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16 Feb 2018   #20
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
F8 Doesn't Do It

I can no longer get the Advanced Boot Options menu when I hold F8 during early boot. How can I get it back.

Thanks in advance,
Joe
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