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Problem with Boot after Adaware

By Aundymeister ·
My Computer has ceased to Log into windows after using adaware to cleanse my system. After some research, I have found that Adaware has had some issues with this.

I have almost the exact same issue as this guy:

It is supposedly cureable by doing this:

I do remember the WSAupdater being removed when I ran adaware. I thought this would cure my problem, however, I am still unable to log in.

I think Ad-aware may have deleted other regedit keys, however, in researching similar problems, I have found no other instances of different regkeys showing up missing.

My Question is this: Is there someway for me to reinstall all of the origional regedit keys to my Windows XP rather than just one at a time? ANd if not, is my only solution going to be reformatting? I know there are a million Regkeys, but I'd rather spend 1-2 hours manually copying them from a list via recovery disk rather than lose the information on my HD.

THank-you for your help!


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by cp7212 In reply to Problem with Boot after A ...

Have you tried going into Safe Mode or Last Known Good Configuration? If you can get into LKGC, see if you can run a System Restore. Set it back to an earlier time that has your full registry.

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by SimY In reply to Problem with Boot after A ...
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by HereInOz In reply to Problem with Boot after A ...

It may be quicker to do a Repair from the Windows Installation CD to get the system up and running again. You don't say where it is halting or whether there are any error messages.

Have you tried a CHKDSK /r (I think, from memory) from the recovery disk - that will often bring it back up. Failing that, if you can ghost the drive to another one, then try a Repair from the CD on the copy HDD, (leaving the original intact just in case).

You should get all your programs re-set up with the appropriate registry settings, and you will only need to download all the critical updates again. The repair process takes the system back to the level it is on the CD.

Good luck

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by wlbowers In reply to Problem with Boot after A ...

The following is called an Inplace Upgrade. What it does in reinstall the os and keep the programs installed. Some preference files might be affected that will need to be reset.

The link explains all of this also.

Microsoft Knowledgebase article:

Good Luck Lee

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