Error 1402. Could not open key: UNKNOWN\Components\2A31EAB
Vista 64, has worked fine for years.
Had a problem w/ my HP scanner and based on tech support directions, I directly edit the registry and since then the installing/uninstall applications have been hosed.
Specifically the following fail:
Vmware 7 uninstall
Vmware 9 install
HP Scanjet 5590 un/install
All research seems to point to ACL issue with registry, and I am afraid I have irreparably hosed the registry
I have tried all of the following:
secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf
/db defltbase.sdb /verbose
(Solving setup errors by using the SubInACL tool to repair file and registry permissions)
and it seems at least a dozen others.
I have tried fixit and windows install cleanup (but not http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa370523%28v=vs.85%29.aspx
as the GUID doesn't exist in registry)
Any suggestions beyond those above? Am I hosed and just need to do a clean Vista install?
I install and uninstall s'ware frequently so I don't know how well the system restore point would work.