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The Registry and Reinstalling XP

By Oracled ·
My computer will not work in normal mode. However, It will boot in Safe Mode with Networking. I have done all the tried and true things (System Restore, Last known good configuration) and none of them work. It seems my only option is a new installation of XP. I know reinstalling XP will basically force me to reinstall ALL my software because the registry is recreated. Is there anyway I can back up certain portions of my registry (e.g. in a .reg file) then install them back into the registry after XP installation so I don't have to reinstall all my software. I noticed "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE" seems to have all my software settings. Also, "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" seems to have my uninstall entries for the "Add/Remove" function. Are there other registry key I MUST back up then restore later in order for this to work? Is there a "White Paper" on this issue?


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by cliff680 In reply to The Registry and Reinstal ...

I think trying that would be taking a big chance, that I don't think would work. There are registry settings all over the place, I doubt you would ever get it to run right. If you have a second pc, you could try to install that one with XP and then use LapLink and try to do an application transfer, but I don't think you will be able to install anything on a PC in Safe Mode. As far as I know, you will need to do a reinstall, this way you are sure to get everything running correctly.

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by R. A. Caluste In reply to The Registry and Reinstal ...

Your pc doesnt work in normal mode because of two possible scenarios:

1) Your registry is corrupted - You need to re-install everything because if you backup and restore your registry, it will just do the same problem because the registry itself that you backed-up is corrupted.

2) Your system files are corrupted. You DO NOT need to reinstall. Just boot from the install CD and select the option Repair installation. It will overwrite your Windows XP installation but NOT the registry (registry will not be recreated). You should be able to boot fine after this.

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by tommycat1 In reply to The Registry and Reinstal ...

Yes, I used digeus registry cleaner and it helped me. as I remember it is here

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