We use a point-of-sale program at our retail store, the software is linked to the HDD serial, the software provider has gone out of business, the PC has a registry error, and we really need to get it working again (its good software, we all know how to use it)
When we originally setup the PC we ghosted an IDE drive with W2K sp2 onto SATA drive, and its the SATA drive that is being used now. When that process was done, the sware company issued the key that corresponded to the SATA drives serial no. All good. Except that we started to get the UNRECOGNISED_DEVICE boot error. Tricks for new players. I have since learned that this is typical when making a HDD copy and booting from it. Very good WD Raptor 36GB HDD, Maxtor SATA Card, in a Dell Optiplex 110 Pentiun 3 PC (Ok, its old, but solid)
So: For a while. many years, if the PC shut down (environment power failure etc) we would re-boot with a w2k CD to get past the above boot error.
Recently, for no apparent reason, the PC booted fine (no errors whatsoever) for about 3 months.
Now, all of a sudden we have a new error after POST, blue screen etc: STOP 0X000051 REGISTRY ERROR.
We can boot into safe mode no problems whatsoever.
I understand that means that some device driver is tripping up the boot process during normal boot.
QUESTION: Given that we can boot up into safe no probs, are there any possibilities to change settings or hardware or copy files etc to enable a normal boot?