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How to edit the registry on non-bootable server

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Hi
Last night I rebooted a VM running windows server 2003 and I got a BSOD on boot.
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I noticed this is the only VM that has HW version 9, all my other VM's have version 8 (I'm on vsphere 5.1). And I think this VM were not running VMware tools (I know)
I don't know if this is the cause of the BSOD however after some googling I came up with this possible solution the only problem is that my VM is a win server 2003 so I can't just boot using the cd and edit the registry.
So what are my options here to editing the registry? I v'e been told to use bart PE CD but are there other tools that you can use right away instead of building the CD?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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A couple of methods, you can use.

1. Attach the virtual machine disk of this failed Windows 2003 server, to a Windows 2003 Helper VM, and load the registry.

2. ERD Commander (commercial application and bootable cdrom) with a Load Registry application.

3. Bart PE CDROM, and plugins.
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forgot the link to the solution I'm trying
https://communities.vmware.com/message/2030146
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Hi
thanks, can you elaborate on option one? How do I edit the registry without running regedit?
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never mind I found how to edit the registry by loading hive. Did not work though so the BSOD is still there.
As I was running out of time and needed to get it back online asap I just p2v the machine again but only the C: drice. Then I mounted the D: drive from the failed VM and I was up and running.

Needed to manually copy over som files to the C drive and install some MS compoments aswell since the phychical machine was 3 months old.
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