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When I try to import a saved registry file using regedit in w2k i get the following error:

"Cannot import C:\Documents and settings\James1\desktop\gfg.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

What is going wrong? How do I fix it?

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by:sunray_2003
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Looks like some application or process is connected to that registry

Try closing all programs and applications.

Also go to task  manager and disable services and processes related to that registry

and then try importing

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by:Wolluf
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Also - as message says - some keys (that you are trying to update) may be open by the system - so not available for update. I presume its a fairly large update you're trying to do (affecting much of the registry). Could you break it down into smaller chunks?
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by:LucF
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I normally don't trust these messages, have you tried checking for ad/spyware using something like Adaware => http://www.lavasoftusa/support/download ?
Or have you checked for virusses?

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by:lazerstl
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Have you tried using reg.exe from the recovery console?
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by:jim25
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How do i get to reg.exe?

done a scan using adaware and removed all programs it suggest still can not restore registry.

closed all programs. then tried to disable processes could not do that. still could not restore registry. done a full virus scan. nothing.

what should i do now?
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by:LucF
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http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/Q229/7/16.ASP&NoWebContent=1

To start the Windows Recovery Console, use any of the following methods:

Start your computer with the Windows Setup floppy disks, or with the Windows CD-ROM. At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press F10, or press R to repair, and then press C (Windows 2000 only) to start the Windows Recovery Console. Select the appropriate number for the Windows installation that you want to repair, and then type the administrator password. If the administrator password does not exist, just press ENTER.

Add the Windows Recovery Console to the Windows Startup folder by using Winnt32.exe with the /cmdcons switch. This procedure requires approximately 7 MB of hard disk space on your system partition to hold the Cmdcons folder and files.

You should be able to start reg.exe from command prompt

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by:jim25
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so by running reg.exe i will be able to import the registry file I want?
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by:LucF
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You should be able to delete the registry items that are bugging you now. I don't know if there's any way to import .reg files, I have to say I personally never needed the program.

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