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retrieve ip address from a crashed Win 2k O.S.

Posted on 2003-10-21
Last Modified: 2010-05-03
I have a pc at work that had the Win2k O.S. installed. It had its own ip address (it wasn't getting an ip from a server). This workstation has now crashed. If i take the hard drive and install as a slave on another machine, i can see certain files and folders. Is there a specific folder that i can access to get at this workstation's ip address, - unfortunately this machines ip address wasn't written down and i would like to get it operational again very soon. Thanks.........

Question by:ronkenn
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PuckJunkie earned 250 total points
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It's stored in the registry. The keys you are concerned with are in:


Each network adapter has its own subkey, and each subkey contains a value "IPAddress".

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Sorry for not closing out, yes PuckJ, your solution works for an operational system, but how about a crashed system, what would be the step by step procedure to access the IP address after attaching the crashed drive as a slave to another system.

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You can import the hive files into your current registry and examine them there. All of the hive files are located in Systemroot\System32\Config, aside from the HKEY_CURRENT_USER files, which are in Systemroot\Profiles\Username. The hive files for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE are System, System.alt, System.log, and System.sav.

I would:
1) Back up my own registry files.
2) Import the hive files from the alternate hard drive.
3) Examine the key described above.
4) Restore my own registry.

Do not restart your computer between importing the hive file and restoring your own computer. And don't forget the omnipresent warning about modifying your registry. It's dangerous, in case you hadn't heard.

For information on how to backup, edit, and restore your registry files in W2K:

For information on importing a hive file (WARNING, again: this overwrites your current settings):

Good luck -


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