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Find Windows Hostname if PC Cannot Boot

Posted on 2009-07-13
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I am able to get the hard drive of the system mounted to another system as the slave drive, but since the drive won't boot can't get into Windows to do a hostname command or check the System Properties.

I was wondering if there is a way to find out the hostname by the file/folder structure. Is there an INI file perhaps in the Windows structure where it is written into a file?
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Question by:RTM2007
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RTM2007--Use a boot disk  such as UBCD for XP
http://www.ubcd4win.com/
http://www.ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm
This page may still also help although you are not using ERD Commander (no longer available except as part of the Software Assurance program.  
http://www.petri.co.il/change-windows-xp-computer-name.htm
However a free trial may still be available
http://www.geekstogo.com/2009/01/17/erd-commander-free-trial-from-microsoft/
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by:russell124
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Follow these instructions to load the registry of the dead computer on your working one:
http://www.rwin.ch/xp-live/regedit.htm

Once you have the external hive loaded, select the "System-Offline" folder (if you used that name like the instructions) in regedit, and then do a search for "ActiveComputerName", or you can browse to it going from the "/System-Offline/CurrentControlSet/Control/ComputerName/"
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by:Danny Child
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If it's been used on a domain recently, have you tried
ping -a <IPaddress>

or check DNS for the lookups?

or if you can extract the registry, try here:
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ComputerName\

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by:graye
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An easy way is to look at the C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log file...   You should be able to find a line that contains:
"DNS Name ="    The part immediately after that string is the Machine name
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