Restore the registry, accidentally deleted permission

By delaura.chapman ·
HELP!!!! First let me say this is one instance where I should have left it to the professionals!!
I have removed permission from the system registry. I am able to open my laptop in Windows XP, however, that is it. I cannot access anything, not even my c: drive. Is there a way to restore the registry? I cannot even access regedit.exe. Yes, I know I shouldn't have removed anything but I am desperate to know how to fix it. It is my boyfriends laptop and he has some important files that I pray I have not totally destroyed. I do know a little (no laughing please) about computers so any step-by-step procedure would be greatly appreaciated.

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Things you can do

by Toivo Talikka In reply to Restore the registry, acc ...

First of all, if you have access to Norton Ghost or similar disk imaging and cloning utility, create an image or take a copy of the hard drive, just in case.

You can boot from the Windows XP CD and select R to access the Recovery Console which is explained in the Knowledgebase article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058/en-us

Assuming that the automatic Restore Points were enabled in the PC, the Recovery Console allows you to recover from a corrupted registry by restoring the system information from a previous restore point. You may have to refer to the article "How to gain access to the System Volume Information folder" at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309531/en-us

The article "How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting" at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/EN-US/ shows step by step how to use the Recovery Console to replace the five registry hives with working versions from the hives saved in an earlier Restore Point.

With a bit of luck, it might work, BUT it is an intricate operation and should be done by a professional :-)

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Will Try via Professional

by delaura.chapman In reply to Things you can do

Thank for the info, I will let you know the outcome.

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the end?

by pascalzontrop In reply to Restore the registry, acc ...

did this problem ever get resolved. i am having the exact same problem.

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