Registry corruption causing boot loop
Posted on 2001-06-19
I was running Norton Antivirus and my machine (W2K SP1) spontaeously rebooted. This has never happened before.
Now when I boot I get a blue screen that flashes up with some message about the registry and then the machine tries to reboot again.
(Note that this problem was not caused by a virus.)
What is the best way to fix this?
1. Create an emergency boot floppy and try to copy back the backup registry file? (Where is the registry now and what is the backup copy of the registry called - SYSTEM.BAK?)
2. Boot from the W2K CD and use the repair option? (I have had bad experiences with that option on NT4.)
3. Boot from a CD and run registry checking software? (I can't seem to boot into Windows from the W2K CD - it only allows you to run setup.)