Accessing a Windows XP ntuser.dat file on a Windows 2000 advanced server computer
Posted on 2006-04-11
Hello, I have an XP computer that just stopped. My guess is that there is something wrong with the motherboard and I don't have time to look into it until the weekend. So, as a temporary solution I have taken the hard disk and put it onto my Windows 2000 dvanced server computer.
All as I want, to make things easy, is get into the XP registry (probably the ntuser.dat file) and export some entries under some software subkeys I had installed on the XP computer.
I can't seem to open the file from the XP computer (the hard disk now being in my w2k computer) with any utilities and see the hive structure in my Windows 2000 computer. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I have looked at some advanced registry editors but I am hesitant to pay for a full version of any of them until I have seen them at least open a file correctly on the trial version. But, some, that may actually work, won't allow opening an "on the side" registry file without paying for a full version--kind of a chicken and the egg thing.
I'm guessing the reason regedt32 does not show any subkeys when I load the hive file is because the Windows XP hive file is a different version to the Windows 2000 hive version, but, like I said, this is just a guess.
I also tried to run the regedit.exe file sitting on the Windows XP Hard Disk but that didn't work (not surprisingly).
Any suggestions or insights appreciated.