Restore/recover for Win2000Professional

Is there any way to restore windows 2000 (prof.) to a state approx 2 weeks ago ?
If not is there any way to do anything OTHER than a "last good bootup" restore ?

Thanks in advance.
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:

Thanks to PeteL and other experts: -

Reinstall/Repair the Windows Installer

Try re-registering it first

1. Click Start > Search >For files and folders and locate msiexec.exe take note of where yours is.

(In XP it’s usually in c:\windows\system32)
(In 2K it’s usually in c:\winnt\system32)

2. Click Start > Run > Regedit {Enter} and navigate to the following key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSIServer On the right side double click ImagePath, Ensure the path to the file is the same one you found in step 1 (NOTE: there may be a /V after it this is normal) if the path is wrong you will need to change it.

3. Reboot the PC and start in safe mode (Press F8 as the PC boots and select Safe Mode)

4. Click Start > Run > msiexec /regserver {Enter}

5. Reboot the PC, if this doesn’t cure the problem you will need to reinstall

Reinstall Procedure

1. Click > Run > cmd {enter} at the command type the following commands

attrib -r -s -h drive:\%Windir%\system32\dllcache  {Enter}
ren msi.dll msi.old {Enter}
ren msiexec.exe msiexec.old {Enter}
ren msihnd.dll msihnd.old {Enter}

2. Exit the command window

3. Download the new installer files (Unless your using XP)

Windows Installer 2.0 Re-distributable for Windows 95, 98, and Me

Windows Installer 2.0 Re-distributable for Windows NT 4.0 and 2000

Windows XP comes with the files preloaded, and a reboot will restore them.
I used ur suggestions and this tool to repair Windows Installer :-

Windows Installer 2.0 Re-distributable for Windows NT 4.0 and 2000

Try this article on repairing DCOM and Windows Installer permissions.

If that fails then in Server 2003 you cannot reinstall
Windows Installer.
You will need to repair the Server 2003 installation.;en-us;816579

Let us know.
you can do a repar installation. boot up with the cd and choose the repair option
Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
What is your exact problem. Are you missing any configuration?
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ccbonAuthor Commented:
This is for my sister:  she went on a sort of delete-registry
items binge (suspicious-looking ones);  (i know - bad m.o.)
but now, she says she cannot install or uninstall any Microsoft programs (via control panel: add/remove programs) -
gets error msg saying something to the effect of "missing .msi (install prog)".

She says she has been able to inst/uninst NON-MS progs, the install shields for each vendor seem to work ok.

Is that enough info to help ?

ccbonAuthor Commented:
RE: Comments from Mr. Arruba and from Systmprog:

Received both your comments. I thank you both (and any assistants with you) for your replies. Have passed them along to my sister, waiting for her to give me her
results.  I will close this question within the next 3 days, if not today (Sun).
Just as a side note/comment:  I use XP prof. whereas she uses (obviously) 2k prof. Each of us is absolutely convinced that we are using the better's an ongoing (but good-natured) debate.  We both use the os for similar things, nothing unusual or networking.  Just high-end amateur stuff.
HOWEVER, I do know better than to aks YOU guys which of us is correct !  That would open up a hornet's nest !  THANKS AGAIN.

 - ccbon
Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
Windows XP designed for High-End Multimedia and other mission critical application. Performance is good whereas Windows 2000 for low-end application such as accounting, less-resolution applications etc.
ccbonAuthor Commented:
Final comments to SystmProg:

I can't give you too many details, sine she's the one who implemented it.  I forwarded your answer(s) to her and got a phone call from her last night - a brief one - but she was most pleased.  She said to say THANK YOU ALL very much.  She lives on her computer, so it's a tremendous relief for her.  And I thank you for your thorough, detailed answer.
And thanks to everyone who helped, and all respondents.  And I'd like to thank my
Agent, without whom I'd never had gotten the opportunity to come to Hollywood, and the director, and course my mother, and my dog, and of course debbie and dannie and all the folks at home (sob), oh, and then there's .....  uh, running on)

Jennifer (ccbon).
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