Missing or currupted \windows\system32\config\system

By hop228a ·
I have connected the drive via usb to my laptop and able to access to retreive all my data, however, the last resort I want is to clean install the drive.

Is there a method to:

(1) access the regedit on the drive and rechange those settings I done
(2) run system restore on that drive to a previous working state.

Thanks for your help guys.

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If Windows cannot

by w2ktechman In reply to Missing or currupted \win ...

load the registry, you cannot get to system restore. The registry file needs to be made un-corrupt.
You can use the backup registry files, but that will make your system like when you first installed the OS.
Another option would be to use your XP cd and try to repair the OS.

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