Solved

Lost all program install info

Posted on 2002-07-19
8
121 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I have lost all program installations in Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, the installed programs box is empty.  All programs are still installed.  Does anyone know if it is possible recover this information.
Any help appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:kolpy
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
8 Comments
 
LVL 28

Accepted Solution

by:
vinnyd79 earned 100 total points
Comment Utility
Have you tried scanreg /restore to restore a previous version of your registry? The info is stored in the registry,this link will show you where:

http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/110/
0
 

Author Comment

by:kolpy
Comment Utility
Thanks for the info vinnyd79.  The UNINSTALL key in the registry is indeed empty.  Do you know of any utilities that can display the registry contents of the registry backup files?
0
 
LVL 27

Expert Comment

by:Asta Cu
Comment Utility
What changed did you make prior to this problem?

This may help.

How to Save the Uninstall Files Before the Reinstallation of Windows (Q195384)

http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q195384
0
 
LVL 27

Expert Comment

by:Asta Cu
Comment Utility
Although the reverse of what you need, may help you in terms of the key and perhaps searching your system in case saved.
http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q247501
0
Want to promote your upcoming event?

Attending an event? Speaking at a conference? Or exhibiting at a tradeshow? Easily inform your contacts by using a promotional banner in your email signature. This will ensure your organization’s most important contacts are in the know.

 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:vinnyd79
Comment Utility
Have you tried scanreg /restore? You could try backing up your current registry,then restore a previous version and see if the entries are there.if they are use the file menu in regedit to export the key to a .reg file.Then you could restore the registry you backed up and run the .reg file to add the entries back in.

Here is more info on scanreg

http://www.windows-help.net/windows98/start-145.shtml
0
 
LVL 27

Expert Comment

by:Asta Cu
Comment Utility
If the restore operation fails, this may help
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q220878
0
 

Author Comment

by:kolpy
Comment Utility
Thanks vinnyd79 for putting me on the right track.  With a lot of trial restores and fiddling (windows only keeps and shows 5 registry backups) and help from my Nortons Recycle Bin, I managed to recover a registry backup that did the trick.  Thanks to everyone for their input.
0
 
LVL 27

Expert Comment

by:Asta Cu
Comment Utility
Great news.
":0) Asta
0

Featured Post

Why You Should Analyze Threat Actor TTPs

After years of analyzing threat actor behavior, it’s become clear that at any given time there are specific tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) that are particularly prevalent. By analyzing and understanding these TTPs, you can dramatically enhance your security program.

Join & Write a Comment

If you Lost your Administrator password for Windows XP, Vista, or 7 this CD will help you reset the password to blank so you can log in. Once in you should change that blank password to something!! Download the ISO on this page http://www.spl…
This is an article about Leadership and accepting and adapting to new challenges. It focuses mostly on upgrading to Windows 10.
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview of Windows DVD Burner through its features and interface. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.

772 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

16 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now