Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium

x
?
Solved

cannot boot due to registry missing or corrupted

Posted on 2011-02-20
12
Medium Priority
?
942 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have follow the advice that i have found on other related topics but I am having the added problem of the sorftware registry is missing. I am now stuck. Is there a way to take the needed registry hives off a xp boot disk. This is a Dell with no disk. I am trying to use a old XP disk that I have.
0
Comment
Question by:caustin5042
  • 5
  • 4
  • 2
  • +1
12 Comments
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:Raheman M. Abdul
ID: 34938482
0
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:Raheman M. Abdul
ID: 34938488
try booting while pressing F8, and chosing "Last known good configuration."

Also, a checkdisk might be in order, or even a Hard Drive diagnostic test.  Depending on the manufacturer of your HDD, you will find that most provide a bootable cd or floppy diagnostic program that also will attempt sector repair.
0
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:dbrunton
ID: 34938489
Presumably you've got an error message similar to the ones described here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

The link talks about ways of copying a backup of the registry across to the correct folder.
0
What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 

Author Comment

by:caustin5042
ID: 34938493
I tried this already but get stuck here

copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak

It is telling me that it cannot copy file. When search the system32 folder there is no folder software.
0
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:dbrunton
ID: 34938500
Hmm.

Slow again.

And just need to add that the registry hives don't exist on a Windows boot CD.
0
 
LVL 63

Expert Comment

by:☠ MASQ ☠
ID: 34938504
Do not use the process in the link above if this is a Dell OEM install! - See the warning on that page.

Is there any way you can get hold of a Dell OEM reinstallation CD for the same version of XP? - then a repair reinstall will fill in the gaps for you without damaging the rest of the install.
If you use the non-Dell CD it will work but you'll have an installation that needs the activation code matchnig your other disk - that could take a while to unpick.
0
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:dbrunton
ID: 34938511
That is telling you that that file does not exist.

Try copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
0
 

Author Comment

by:caustin5042
ID: 34938525
i have done all of the above. still no luck
0
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:dbrunton
ID: 34938595
If

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system

doesn't work then you didn't have a backup copy of that file or it has been deleted or possibly your hard disk is corrupt.

You are now looking at a reinstall.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Also

When search the system32 folder there is no folder software.

Don't you mean c:\windows\system32\config
0
 

Author Comment

by:caustin5042
ID: 34938627
dbrunton:

the hive missing is software do I need to it for software as well?
0
 

Author Comment

by:caustin5042
ID: 34938636
the stop error says that the registry cannot loan the \systemroot\system32\config\software
0
 
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

by:
dbrunton earned 2000 total points
ID: 34938669
You need all of the hives.  That includes software.

Also see http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_sys32.htm which details the steps involved (as in the links above) and suggests other methods to follow if the steps fail.
0

Featured Post

Concerto's Cloud Advisory Services

Want to avoid the missteps to gaining all the benefits of the cloud? Learn more about the different assessment options from our Cloud Advisory team.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I. Introduction There's an interesting discussion going on now in an Experts Exchange Group — Attachments with no extension . This reminded me of questions that come up here at EE along the lines of, "How can I tell the type of file from its cont…
I have written articles previously comparing SARDU and YUMI.  I also included a couple of lines about Easy2boot (easy2boot.com).  I have now been using, and enjoying easy2boot as my sole multiboot utility for some years and realize that it deserves …
Hi friends,  in this video  I'll show you how new windows 10 user can learn the using of windows 10. Thank you.
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…

571 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question