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Windows 7: Corrupt Registry

30 Dec 2009   #31
Agri

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The repair offered when you enter Repair console of the DVD, after it scans and finds an OS to repair, is not Startup Repair.

To run Startup Repair you have to click through to REcovery tools list and choose it. Then run it 3 separate times.

Just checking, because I don't want to give up on it either if it can be saved.

But If it won't start the OS, then it isn't going to start.

Boot from the DVD, select Custom install, use Drive Options to format and install.

Please avoid any Registry cleaners besides the industry standard CCleaner.
Wo,wo "Format and Install" - will that not erase everything?

So if I go to Custom (Advanced) install and select my partition with Windows already on it will all my files appear in Windows.old?


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30 Dec 2009   #32
gregrocker

 

I do not think so, sorry to say.

I have only heard that windows.old folder is created when Win7 is run from the OS, not boot.

But there is a possibility that it might create Windows.old. Maybe others know.

Maybe you should not format the partition you select to install Win7 from boot, in case it does create a Windows.old folder as a result.

I pretty much assume everyone has files backed up at all times, or certainly when they are installing.
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30 Dec 2009   #33
gregrocker

 

Was there an installation showing in the Repair console to repair when you booted into it?



There are a couple sets of commands you can run from the DVD repair console Command Line:

run "bootrec.exe /fixboot" and "bootrec.exe /fixmbr" then reboot, see if Startup Repair will now work

if those don't work "Bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force", reboot, try Startup Repair again.
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30 Dec 2009   #34
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I do not think so, sorry to say.

I have only heard that windows.old folder is created when Win7 is run from the OS, not boot.

But there is a possibility that it might create Windows.old. Maybe others know.

Maybe you should not format the partition you select to install Win7 from boot, in case it does create a Windows.old folder as a result.

I pretty much assume everyone has files backed up at all times, or certainly when they are installing.
That is not the case. Windows.old will be created from boot or Windows.
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30 Dec 2009   #35
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I do not think so, sorry to say.

I have only heard that windows.old folder is created when Win7 is run from the OS, not boot.

But there is a possibility that it might create Windows.old. Maybe others know.

Maybe you should not format the partition you select to install Win7 from boot, in case it does create a Windows.old folder as a result.

I pretty much assume everyone has files backed up at all times, or certainly when they are installing.
That is not the case. Windows.old will be created from boot or Windows.
Thank you.

Glad to be wrong on that.

Don't format that partition!
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30 Dec 2009   #36
Agri

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Whist I was offline I went to a shop and bought 120GB's worth of DVD's (Y).

I tried the bootec commands + start up repair, but I am still locked out of safe mode.

So you say that if I install over the current partition with my current installation, my files will be copied to Windows.old - and still by booting into the install disk. Perhaps that is a better plan than my current, which is to boot into a live cd file manager and burn my data to many DVD's (lol).

What do you think I should do? I think I can safely say so far that I cannot salvage the current install.
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30 Dec 2009   #37
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Agri View Post
Whist I was offline I went to a shop and bought 120GB's worth of DVD's (Y).

I tried the bootec commands + start up repair, but I am still locked out of safe mode.

So you say that if I install over the current partition with my current installation, my files will be copied to Windows.old - and still by booting into the install disk. Perhaps that is a better plan than my current, which is to boot into a live cd file manager and burn my data to many DVD's (lol).

What do you think I should do? I think I can safely say so far that I cannot salvage the current install.
Hit it. I would recommend backing up your important files on an external HD (or DVD, if you find it cost-effective), but there is only a small chance that the Windows backup to Windows.old will fail. I have never seen a case where it failed, but you can never be too safe.
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30 Dec 2009   #38
Agri

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok. Plan is to salvage the files onto DVD first, via bootable program.
Then install over the installation and fingers crossed Windows.old will hold the old files.
I will report back with the result.

Cheers for all the help so far,
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30 Dec 2009   #39
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Don't worry about the bootable DVD. Just drag-n-drop the important ones onto the disc.
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30 Dec 2009   #40
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I do not think so, sorry to say.

I have only heard that windows.old folder is created when Win7 is run from the OS, not boot.

But there is a possibility that it might create Windows.old. Maybe others know.

Maybe you should not format the partition you select to install Win7 from boot, in case it does create a Windows.old folder as a result.

I pretty much assume everyone has files backed up at all times, or certainly when they are installing.
That is not the case. Windows.old will be created from boot or Windows.
Am i reading this wrong, if he is doing a clean install not an upgrade, there will NOT be a windows.old folder. As far as i know the only time you get the windows.old folder is doing an upgrade. Just trying to make sure he's not dissappointed if the files aren't there.

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