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Windows 7: Registry Anomaly

19 Feb 2018   #41
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
You could always try reinstalling avast, then uninstall with Control Panel, uninstall a program, or Revo Uninstaller, then run Avastclean. It will most likely remove the rogue entries. Safe way if it will work! JoWazzoo is correct, it is not your issue, and altering the registry is usually not a good idea. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Repair install will not alter those entries, at least is shouldn't!
I already ran AvastClean. Never mind, I'll leave those Avast entries where they are. As long as you are satisfied that the registry is OK, then let's move on please. Still don't know why Eusing "hangs" on "empty keys" but I can live with it.

So there are still 2 issues left to address:

1. I am going to swap in another keyboard temporarily. Maybe that's causing the F8 issue. Tried JoWazzoos link and yes, it boots directly into safe mode using msconfig. I don't get an advanced boot menu though, and can't get a choice "safe mode with networking" which is what I most often use.

2. I'd sure like to fix the missing/corrupt files that were originally found using SFC /scannow and don't know why I can't read that CBS logfile.

Last resort repair install if 1 and 2 can't be corrected. Will a repair install accomplish these two criteria?

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19 Feb 2018   #42
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium

Tried two known good keyboards: another PS2, and a USB 2.0....................cannot get advanced boot menu with either one!

You have been very patient to stay with me. I am very tenacious with problems although I agree that computers can be dangerous to monkey with.

At this point, I'd be happy to simply get the advanced boot options back with F8.

If SNICK can help fix the damaged/missing files shown in the CBS logfile (which I cannot open), then that would be a bonus.
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19 Feb 2018   #43

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

Repair install should correct/replace the keys you deleted, and correct the issues you've reported, however, I'd try the below suggestions first, and then Sysnative!

Your first CheckSUR.log indicates numerous issues (f) with corresponding (fix) below it, meaning an issue was found and fixed. I believe the other 2 errors, not Avast related is due to your deletion of registry keys.

Since you have a Win7 x64 Disk, sometimes, SFCFix.exe by niemero will locate the items on the disk and install them for you. Worth a try. Place your disk in drive, download SFCFix.exe and run it. If that doesn't work, I'd post your issue in Sysnative forums.

Brian Drab, Go the Power, and several others whom will respond, are experts in this area. Per their forum rules, they do not permit just anyone to respond. The respondent is either prequalified or trained by Sysnative staff. I'm currently considering some training from them. Go the Power authors several of their tutorials. Knowledge is Power. Component hive replacements and registry are getting a little beyond my knowledge at the current point of my IT studies.
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19 Feb 2018   #44

Windows 7 Pro 64

Snick's last advice looks good IMHO. SFCFix is now supported there. Best of luck. Keep us posted.
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19 Feb 2018   #45
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium

Snick and JO:

The primary concern is to get F8 back first. Can you help me with that first?

I found this

F8 Key €“ Guide for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8

and near the bottom it recommends running bootrec. I DO NOT have a genuine windows installation disk. It Is one that I made and frankly, don't remember where it came from. BUT I have no KEY for it.

I am leaning towards a repair install because if I ever want to upgrade to Win 10, then an upgrade will pass any corruption to the new OS. Am I correct in this assumption, and if I am, then I need to get this one sorted out first, right?

PS: The installation disk that I have will NOT start within windows..................I can only boot with it.
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19 Feb 2018   #46

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

If you made your Win7 disk from an ISO file dowloaded from DigitalRiver, or directly from Microsoft, then it is a Win7 ISO. Magic Jellybean, Belarc Advisor, or a VB script I have will locate and decipher your product key. Win7 stores your product key.

I'm not sure if Win 10 will overwrite the registry issues, and quite often, Win 10 will not install/upgrade your Win 7 if there is a certain one or numerous issues.

On SevenForums, you could PM (private message) tom982, niemero, or NoelDP, not sure if niemero or Noel is still posting, Noel has some health issues & I haven't noticed any of his post/replies in a while, on either SevenForums or Sysnative Forums.

If you do decide to go the Sysnative Forums route, please, by all means, post that on here. I would very much enjoy following the steps to resolution. Knowledge is Power!

Attached is the VB script. If you run it, click on the popup, press CTRL + c you can paste the info into Notepad, Wordpad, Word, etc. and print it.

I just downloaded the script and Malwarebytes flagged the VB script as an exploit, which it is not. If you right-click the program, choose edit, you can view contents.

If your Win7 is OEM (original equipment manufacture) it is licensed by the computer manufacturer from Microsoft. If you installed it from a retail copy, the product key will allow you to download a Win7 x64 ISO from Microsoft., for a while, was permitting anyone running Windows to download several different ISO versions, however, now, if you try to use download tool, it checks to see if your product key is OEM or Retail, if it's OEM, it doesn't work anymore.

Attached Files
File Type: vbs Find Windows Product Key.vbs (621 Bytes, 3 views)
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19 Feb 2018   #47

Windows 7 Pro 64 tool downloads and runs but ISOs are not available.
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19 Feb 2018   #48
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium

There is no OEM for my computer. I built it.

Because I need a product key in order to continue to use and update windows, I think that I should bite the bullet and simply buy a new, unopened Windows 7 installation disk with product key. I know that I'll need a product key for my installation in order to upgrade, some day. Once I have that, I can do a repair install until I'm ready to upgrade to "the final version of Windows", Windows 10.

There are a lot of different "OEM" install disks for sale out there. There are some that say "64 bit" and nothing more. Most say "32/64 bit". Are these the same? They are unopened "brand new with product keys and affordable".
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19 Feb 2018   #49

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

Did you read my previous post. You can locate the product key with the attached VB script, Belarc Advisor, or Magic Jellybean. If your installation is Retail, you purchased DVD/CD with win7 on it, you can download from Microsoft website, by providing that key in their textbox. may not provide you a choice. If you use my VB script attachment, you can click on it, press CTRL + c and then paste it into notepad, wordpad, or word, and print it. If you are using an OEM key, Microsoft website, when you enter the key, will instruct you to contact your computer manufacturer. I don't believe you have an OEM key as your machine is custom built.

OEM disk with key WILL NOT WORK on your machine and you will be wasting money. OEM product key is linked to the manufacturer's motherboards. Basically you've paid money for something Microsoft will provide you for free with your key.

Here's the link to Microsoft Download Page

If you are currently using an OEM key, it will not validate i.e. be Genuine Windows in the System info: Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System > lower-right corner. Number in product ID lower-left corner, IS NOT YOUR 25-character product key. The product key is located within the registry and is an encrypted file. VB script will locate it and display it on desktop. Belarc and Magic Jellybean will also provide same but it's more of a hassle. Belarc locates a vast amount of data on your machine and takes several minutes to run. Magic Jellybean, faster. VB Script, instantaneous!
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19 Feb 2018   #50
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium

Without a current product key I will be a dinosaur very soon.

This is what i have, see attached. I have to pay for a product key in order to remain covered after Win7 support ends.

I am willing to do that

Please advise.

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