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Rest registry HP oem without rec dsks

By Casemaker ·
Hi
I have a HP Pavilion notebook dv8320us on the bench. The battery went dead and when I reboot I get this error.
STOP: c0000218 {registry file failure}
The registry cannot load the hive
\SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.
Beginning dump of physical memory
Dumping physical memory to disk: __%
I want to restore the registry to an earlier one. The computer will not boot into any mode using F8. I do not have OS disk and no recovery disks. They where never made and I get an error 20 when I try and make them from "CD Creator.exe" on the HDD.
Any suggestions.

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by wcp In reply to Rest registry HP oem with ...

There are at least two solutions.

1. Use a third party software (ERD Commander, for example) that let you do the System Restore.

2. http://tinyurl.com/4y24g: How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting.
This requires a Windows XP OEM CD. Borrow one if you have to. You have to match Windows Edition (Home or Pro). The procedure lets you boot to original Windows (The original Windows settings are stored in Repair folder) and do System Restore manually (The Restore Points are stored in System Volume Information folder). Do data backup before you try this. If it fails, the data may be lost.

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The following is from the article.

?Warning Do not use the procedure that is described in this article if your computer has an OEM-installed operating system. The system hive on OEM installations creates passwords and user accounts that did not exist previously. If you use the procedure that is described in this article, you may not be able to log back into the recovery console to restore the original registry hives.?


I tried the procedure on a Desktop with Windows XP Home OEM/SP2 and it worked. The Windows was installed using OPK (OEM Reinstallation Kit). This was basically unattended CD-ROM based and slipstreamed (all MS Windows XP Critical Updates since SP2) installation.

Because of the warning message, I recommend using this procedure as the last resort. Make sure you back up data before you try.

Please add a comment if you need more info or help.

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by wcp In reply to

A typical unattended OEM installation sets Administrator password to blank and user account "Owner".

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