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Windows 7 registry hive recovery

There was a great feature in windows XP, I could copy registry hive from System Volume Information to System32\config folder and after that my system usually get working again. But in Windows 7 it is impossible. Could you give me some piece of advice how to extract only registry hive from system volume information content.
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ded9Commented:
You can try system restore by booting from windows 7 disc...you can restore your computer to an earlier time.


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naomelixesCommented:
You can use ERUNT:
http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
Be sure to reqad the FAQ section on Windows 7.
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naomelixesCommented:
Sorry, misread your post... Disregard the ERUNT option, please.
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upalakshithaCommented:
you can do it as long as you keep system protection turned on
after restore point is created, go to config folder properties
and see restore previous versions

Click Restore system settings and previous versions of files, and then click OK under restore settings


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chakkoCommented:
Never tried on Windows 7, why is it impossible (curious), is it just access denied?

In System32\Config do you have a RegBack folder?  
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RadiofisikAuthor Commented:
I need to recover just registry. If I would use system recovery I get lots of files recovered in addition and I can lose my data in desktop folder so now I have to use erunnt periodically to backup registry manually.
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RadiofisikAuthor Commented:
Yes I have RegBack folder in System32\Config but there is only one registry copy in it. About System Volume Information it is not access problem. Microsoft has changed format of data in System Volum Information that is the problem.
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upalakshithaCommented:
you do not want to run system restore.if restore points are available
 go to system32\config folder properties & see restore previous versions
you can copy folder to any where you want
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RadiofisikAuthor Commented:
but if my system cannot boot...
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RadiofisikAuthor Commented:
But I cannot access shadow copies when booting from Live CD and my system is not bootable to use it to access shadow copies
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chakkoCommented:
I have not verified this, but Regback folder looks like a copy of the hives.

you could rename or copy the registry hive files in system32\config folder.
then copy from the system32\config\RegBack folder to system32\config and see if that solves the problem.

You will still have the original files (renamed or copied to another folder) if needed.
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RadiofisikAuthor Commented:
Yes it looks like that, but it is only one copy was created probably when system was installed I need more recent copy. like it was in windows xp, or just opportunity to access shadow copies from live CD.
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chakkoCommented:
Have you tried to restart, F8 and Last Known Good Configuration
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Jackie ManCommented:
Have you tried to start your PC by windows 7 recovery disc or setup DVD to launch system restore?

If your system cannot boot and cannot launch system restore from windows 7 recovery environment, there is no way to restore your system hives.

So, if I were you, I will try to start the PC by windows 7 recovery disc or setup DVD to launch system restore, backup the five system hives, and undo the system restore made; and finally, launch command prompt in system recovery environment and copy back the system hives.

But, it is likely that your system will not boot just by copying back the system hives as windows 7 works very differently than xp as the OS' achitecture depends not only on system hives but also many other system files for validating a boot process (the security of Win 7 has enhanced as it will not just check system hives are in good conditions and it will validate whether others systems files are not compromised or changed from the ideal state).
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RadiofisikAuthor Commented:
It actually works after I copied registry file, but now I have to use ERUNNT to do backup from time to time. Now I try to check chakko's solution, but I need live cd with framework 3.5 installed..
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Jackie ManCommented:
Shadow explorer requires you to have a bootable and working windows 7 to do the recovery.
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RadiofisikAuthor Commented:
I will check it tomorow
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upalakshithaCommented:
you don't want to use  ERUNNT to backup registry.just create a restore point & see config folder properties >> restore previous versions & copy files from there.
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RadiofisikAuthor Commented:
It's only possible if system still is still bootable, but I want a solution how to recover my system if it is not bootable anymore and I did only restore point, but I don't want to use windows recovery because it affects my files but I want to recover just registry
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upalakshithaCommented:
other one's link tells it can do with shadow explorer.it is not very difficuilt to find an another win 7 pc & do that
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