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install windows 2000 over windows 2000 japanese without losing files

Hi,
I am attempting to install windows 2000 english over to windows 2000 japanese in an attempt to fix a corrupt registry problem.
When attempting to start the computer in in windows 2000 the systme crashes and screen goes black. Attempting to start the system in safemode shows a missing or corrupt file in winnt\system32\config\system.
I have used the japanese os cd to attempt to run the recovery console and repair proceedures etc but none seem to work.
I beleive my only other option is to install english windows 2000 over windows 2000 japanese but I need to do this without losing and files such as documents, movies etc that are stored on the hard drive.
Can someone please tell me what I need to do this if it is possible?
I have windows english 2000 cds etc
Thanks
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rincewind44
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mikeleebrlaCommented:
if you have enough hard drive space i wouldn't install it OVER the existing copy of the OS, I would install in beside it.  IE choose a different directory (such as C:\WINNT2\) to install the OS on.  That way you aren't overwriting any existing files. you wont loose any data doing this.  
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cmwcs1Commented:
when you boot the machine with the 2000 disk, did you hit "enter", then F8 to aagree to the EULA, then "R" for the repair, or did you go to the console?

the first option should work. then you lose no files or settings. you can also do a customized repair from the initial screen.

the easiest way is to see if you can get your hands on the newest version of ERD Commander. when you boot from it, it will tell you that it found a corruption and will usually repair it. also many other useful disk and OS fixing utilities. is worth a shot anyway...better than finding drivers all over again.
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rincewind44Author Commented:
to cmwcs: yes i have tried both the repair and the console to no avail. I would have thought ERD Commader would have problems repairing corrupt files of a Japanese operating system. Have u any experience with os' of other languages than english.

to mikeleebria: Am I correct in saying I need to create windows 2000 boot discs in order to perform an install as u suggest?
Also how would I uninstall the corrupted windows once I have the english version installed?
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mikeleebrlaCommented:
no you dont need boot disks for that since the windows 2000 CD is bootable.  all you would have to do is simply delete the old winnt or windows directory if you dont want the data on it.
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cmwcs1Commented:
only difference between the japaneese version and the english version is a language entry in the registry...no difference otherwise. tree structure in both are the same. also, if you install in the same directory as your current OS, you will not lose any of your documents unless they are stored in the WINNT folder. the MyDocs folder and anything in the root directory will still be intact. i would do a standard overlay into the exhisting WINNT folder, you should be fine. make sure you give the computer the same name that it currently has and same for any other instalation info. for a quick fix though, try erd commander. the language version shouldnt matter. and yes, i have worked with other language editions. specifically spanish.
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
Data loose.....totally depends on the application. If you are much worried about the data and not application then both the experts are correct. But if you are worrried about application then you should not delete WINNT folder also because application will copy their service or driver files to SYSTEM32 folder.

>>>Attempting to start the system in safemode shows a missing or corrupt file in winnt\system32\config\system.

It displays because SYSTEM hive is needed to load necessary drivers and services from registry. This is a registry file. If this is missing then you can't. You have one more option you can do. You have ERD Commander with you then boot it from here and restore the SYSTEM hive from \WINNT\Repair directory to \WINNT\Config directory. This should work.

If it doesn't work then boot from ERD and copy the data from corrupted drive to another drive. You don't need to perform a parallel windows installation if you are much worried about data and not application.

Let me know.
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cmwcs1Commented:
ERD commander will also detect the hive problem when loaded. i have relied on it many times. is worth a shot...fixed one like this couple days ago using erd commander.
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rincewind44Author Commented:
Hi,
Thanks for all the quick replies.

ERD has fixed the boot problem and the pc now boots passed the previous error stage. I will award  cmwcs1 the points as they were first to recommend ERD.
After fixing the registry with ERD during the boot process the pc detected the garphics card as new hardware (this shouldn't have happened, but maybe those crivers had become corrupt also).
After re-installing the drivers the pc now boots to a blank green screen......
Any future help would be appreciated even though I have already awarded the points.
Thanks again
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
>>>After re-installing the drivers the pc now boots to a blank green screen......

Please tell us at which stage it shows blank screen. Does it show after you log on or before you log on. If after you log on then press Alt+Ctrl+Del to bring Task Manager screen > select Task > New Task > type explorer.exe

Let me know.

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rincewind44Author Commented:
It is after the pc has automatically signed in. And pressing control alt delete does bring up the task manager and allow you to Task Manager screen > select Task > New Task > type explorer.exe
Does that help any?
Thanks
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
after typing explorer.exe press enter or Ok. Does it bring Desktop?
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rincewind44Author Commented:
typing explorer.exe doesn't bring up anything. Typing cmd does however launch a command window.
If i click browse I am able to browse throught all of my hard drives but my cd-rom's are not displayed or accessible.
I hope that helps
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cmwcs1Commented:
now that you have corrected the registry problem, you may want to try the win repair option again. also, try going into safe mode and see if it gives the same problem in the same place. you may be able to uninstall/ reinstall some of the OS specifics from there as well.
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