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Windows 7: Registry Erased

21 Mar 2010   #11
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
Thanks, for the response. The program was called Clean My Computer something like that. How would that work moving the files? I've never used Linux before but I'm confident I could use it. I have an external hard drive as well so would I be able to backup my files there? And regarding Linux what would it do exactly, will it allow me to access my hard drive, or will I install it like an operating systeM? Also my PC has two 300GB internal hard drives. On one I had my windows OS installed on it, the other was just used for storing, is it safe to assume my second hard drive will be left intact as it had no OS, or applications installed on it. Once again thanks a lot. Where do I download Linux?
I think that what you are referring to is Clean My PC, which I have also. It is not a rogue, but I did have a situation like your's when I first started using W7. It listed far more problem keys than it should have, and despite the fact that I knew better, I went ahead and let it clean them.

I had to do a fresh install, but I have continued using that program since without incident. I have no idea of what happened, but apparently it can go quite haywire. That is why I now monitor what it wants to do very closely and I have it make a backup of the registry periodically.

When it works, it works well, and when it works badly, it works very badly. Caveat Emptor.


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21 Mar 2010   #12
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

What I was saying was just download and burn Ubuntu to a CD, and when you boot into it, enter Live-CD mode which will allow you to use it without installing it. There's no learning curve. It has an explorer-like interface (Gnome) with Windows and such.
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21 Mar 2010   #13
bishop101

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks a lot to all. I did make a backup files of the registry folders before running the program, but I wasn't able to get to them even after I logged in because like I said before, nothing on my desktop worked. I exported them to my drive C in .reg form.
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21 Mar 2010   #14
bishop101

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I just tried the last configuration and that didn't work. Trying other options, will report later.
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21 Mar 2010   #15
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
I just tried the last configuration and that didn't work.
That's too bad. With ERUNT there's a readme that explains how to use a boot disc to get at the ERDNT folder inside the Windows folder(where ERUNT stores the backups.)

The readme is a bit complex but basically inside each backup folder is a dos command to restore the registry. If you have Windows running, you just double click it. But if you boot a CD it explains how to adjust the driver letter settings in the batch file so that the backup will be put back in the right place.

Many of the BartPE type discs have an ERUNT rescue setup already on them.

Another good thing to have is an image backup program like Macrium Reflect or another similar. If you can't boot or your registry is totally hosed, you boot the CD and restore from a backup image. I make at least 3 or 4 images a week so if I have to restore I only lose a couple of days worth of tweaks and installs. It's easy with external USB drives. Just start it going and make a sandwich.
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21 Mar 2010   #16
bishop101

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I looked into ERUNT, so if I download the program It will make a boot disc that I can use to "rebuild" my registry? I think I might have done something similar a while back I remember writing dos type command lines. After reading I'm considering using Knoppixx to get my files back then possibly using erunt to fix the registry. If that fails at least I might get my files back with Knoppix before doing a clean install of windows 7.
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21 Mar 2010   #17
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Wait wait wait, since you have the file, you can restore it from command prompt (recovery console)! Follow Option 2, Method 2: Registry - Backup and Restore. If you can't do it through command prompt, I have some specific Linux distros that can be run from a CD that specifically deal with registry editing.
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21 Mar 2010   #18
bishop101

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I exported all 4 folders and I named them the same I just typed _(backup) to the ending, and their in my C drive. Which one do I pick all of them?
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21 Mar 2010   #19
bishop101

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

OK so using Knippox I was able to access the registry files I exported, moved them to my external hard drive to use on my other pc. I saved each HKEY file; CLASSES, USERS, CONFIG all five. SO then do I merge all 5 rename it Registry Backup.reg then put it back in my sick pc and use the command prompt regedit /s command line?

Also I never got the web browser when I ussed Knippox instead it was like a BIOS type interface.

But for now I can move my files to my external hard drive.
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