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NT registry file problems

By tlotta ·
The other day, I was installing Norton Antivirus 2000 on an NT 4.0 workstation( srv pack 4) and after a while the machine crashed . When I restarted the machine , it would boot up ok, but would not load anything after initial login. ( and of course I did not have the lastest emergency repair disk !!!)

I suspected the registry , so I tried to remotely connect to the registry from another machine.. it would not let me make changes to it as it was in use.

The question I have , is there any utility/program I can use to modify the registry in the case ? Is there any way of recovering from major registry problems in case , you miss make a backup copy of the registry?

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by cagandhi In reply to NT registry file problems

There is tool available on
but this tool is somewhat costly, but surely solve your problem
good luck

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by tlotta In reply to NT registry file problems

thanks for the information .. and yes, it is expensive but I will keep that in mind next time

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by Haissam In reply to NT registry file problems

You could boot from a dos disk then use a program like NTFS2DOS and restore the latest backup of the registery

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by spiceman In reply to NT registry file problems

In the future alwasy run rdisk to back up the registry on your hard drive and after any system changes.

There are several utilities for editing the registry and fixing the problem, including DOS! Try this article -;$sessionid$3LVXWQIAAON1CCTEAAESFEQ?id=r00320000807det01.htm

You need to get rid of all items related to Norton and it should work okay. Check with Norton web site to see if there are fixes for this problem.

You cannot use the registry from another machine to fix another PC. One thing to try is see if you can start the NT install and select Repair to get it started again. Another thing is to try starting in VGA mode.

Of course another reason is that you may have a virus! I would use a late service pack and not SP4 for the re-install.

If you don't have too much data or programs you could start from scratch and reformat the hard drive.

Good luck

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