I'm attempting to rescue the registry on a Windows 2000 laptop using Microsoft's registry repair tool (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=56d3c201-2c68-4de8-9229-ca494362419c
). I followed the instructions to make a set of Windows XP Pro setup boot floppies, and then installed the tool on disk 6 as directed. Since the laptop doesn't have a built-in floppy, I'm using a USB Sony floppy drive. It boots and loads the first five floppies just fine, but once it gets to disk 6, I get the following:
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF898963C, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
I'll guess that the boot process somehow loses the floppy during startup. I checked to see which drivers this USB floppy uses, and it appears to use built-in drivers when using Win2K, and the files it uses are present on the XP startup disks. I'd really like to simply revive this laptop instead of reloading Win2K on it, as backing up data over the network using ERD Commander sounds like a whole lot of "not having fun". If there is a way to trick Windows into thinking that the floppy is a normal drive, I'm all for that.
The laptop is a Dell Latitude D400.
Any insights are greatly appreciated!