0x7b error, need to save all programs

Stop error 0x7b, tried chkdsk /r - didn't help, no restore points. It's XP pro on DELL desktop.
I need to save all applications installed on client's computer. I'm wondering if after repair install, I will be able to run all those apps (financial software, that cannot be reinstalled).  Or maybe there is another way to fix BSOD.
Thank you.
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flubbsterCommented:
Any app that stored it's configuration info in the registry will no longer run after a repair install and will have to be re-installed. A repair install will ONLY preserve the data files on the system.

Boot into the recovery console and try these two commands:

fixboot
fixmbr

Answer Yes to each when prompted.
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Billy RothTech Team VolunteerCommented:
Was something recently changed to cause this?  Copied drive, new hardware, new driver?  If not this could potentially be due to a virus.  I would suggest a virus scan of the disk, but if the drive is physically failing the more you do with it the worse it will get.  If file recovery is a necessity, and disk failure is a possibility be very limited in what you do and consider a professional data recovery service.
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netxmAuthor Commented:
drive is physically in good condition. I did fixboot and fixmbr also - didn't help. Client told me that before crash he removed some programs and temp files. I will try to scan it with malwarebytes. Do you think if it will remove some malware - windows will boot?
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Billy RothTech Team VolunteerCommented:
if it is a virus that can be repaired it is a possibility.  so you will need a bootable virus scan that can repair rather than just delete.  you may be able to install avast from safe mode and schedule a boot time scan from there.  Sounds more likely that someone just grabbed a bunch of files and hit delete, and something had to do with a driver.  Can you boot into safe mode to find a possible driver problem and repair it?
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netxmAuthor Commented:
no, can't boot into safe mode, doing scan with malwarebytes on HDD attached to another PC - it's clean. I found a restore point (Oct 2008) on registry restore wizard (UBCD4Win). will it work?
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Billy RothTech Team VolunteerCommented:
Was all the software you need to retain installed before that point.
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netxmAuthor Commented:
Client says, it's better than loose all of them. I hope restore would work, if not.... I have no idea what to do, except reformat. (all data backed up)
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johnb6767Commented:
0x7b is an "Innaccessible Boot Device", which can be a multitude of things.....

I would ghost the drive prior to trying any disk checks etc.... That way you have a scratch drive to run tests on, HDD diags etc....

Once you have a ghost, I would try running a chkdsk from another machine while it is slaved....

chkdsk /f /r





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johnb6767Commented:
And actually, I havent had a need to do many repairs, and personally I dont like them. I would rather reformat... But in your case, of a critical need for apps to work, I would try the Repair Install.... I am more than positive it doesnt  hurt MOST apps, but Updates will need to be reapplied. I have seen apps like Office/AV not funtion right, but those were easy to remedy.....

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Again, if you have a clone of the HDD, you can always test it out.,....
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netxmAuthor Commented:
SOLVED: restored to OCT 2008, most programs - work. Thank you all
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johnb6767Commented:
Glad youre fixed....
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