How to repair win2000 without a ERD

Is this possible ?

Or do i NEED to create an ERD (and if so does it have to be made on the machine that i am repairing)
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Of course its possible.  In fact, I never make ERDs any more.  I just do system state backups.  The old ERD was little more than a registry backup.  So if you backup your registry, you can try to recover.  In fact, with 2000 the ERD would only make a backup copy of the registry in the C:\WINNT\REPAIR folder.  Only catch is, you can't use the automated process that's a part of the Windows Setup when you boot.
LFC1980Author Commented:
How do i go ahead without an ERD ?

I'm trying to do a Fast repair, but it asks for the ERD, and when i tell them to press L for windows to locate the files, it doesn't work, and asks for the ERD again.

I cant get into the system via safe mode or normally
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What happens?  What kind of error when you try to boot normally?

I usually boot to a BartPE CD and rename the existing file that it claims is no longer working, copying the backup version from C:\WINNT\REPAIR.

Note: if you have a driver issue, an ERD wouldn't help anyway, but you can use the BartPE CD to rename the problem driver so it doesn't load and try booting again.

(Most of this can be done through the recovery console, but the reovery console is VERY limited in its functionality and I tend to avoid it if possible).

BartPE - available from:

Then be sure to get BOTH the driver add on and the software add on from: (Overview) (direct downloads page link)

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LFC1980Author Commented:
the error when they boot normally is a corrupt winnt\system32\config\System.ced file
LFC1980Author Commented:
Ok, downlaoded a windows boot disk onto 4 floppy disks and booted from there to reinstall windows
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
So you didn't like the BartPE solution?  Was the CD bootable?  
LFC1980Author Commented:
Didn't try that as the floppy did the job.

Thanks for your help anyway
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