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W2K software hive corrupted - please hel

By robzi ·
Windows 2000 complains the software hive is
corrupted or unreadable after a normal shutdown and restart. It contains a few weeks worth of software installations and configurations and is 12Mb in size.
How can I repair the software hive file, rather than use the backup which is a clean install and which would mean reloading everything from scratch ? I have already tried importing the hive into a new install which fails due to the same corruption problem which prevents the current install from loading at all. What I am really looking for is some kind of repair facility which will scan and fix the hive file in a similar fashion to "scanreg" in win98. I cannot believe there is no facility to do this as the situation was all too easy to get into and I imagine a lot more users will experience it, sooner or later...

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by vshipp In reply to W2K software hive corrupt ...

I am assuming that you are using W2K professional, without an active directory server available, or you would not have been able to get as far as you have.
First, there are a few tools that are a lifesaver in W2k but are not installed on first setup.
Put your W2K CD in the drive, open a CMD.exe session and go to the I386 directory on the CD.
Type c:>Winnt32 /cmdcons <enter> answer Yes to the reinstall option (It will NOT re-install W2K, BUG!!) it will install the recovery console though and place another entry in your Boot,ini called recovery console. reboot your box.
on startup, select F8 and select boot logging. wait for the registry error (or hang), then reboot again. This time select recovery console from the OS boot loader menu
You will get a command prompt, cd to winnt and look for a file called NTBTL.txt and then do a c:>type nybt.txt this will display the contents of the boot log. this should give you the last registry key / service that loads and causes the grief. From the console, you can d

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by vshipp In reply to W2K software hive corrupt ...

Ran out of room...
From the console, you can disable offending services allowing you to get to a full W2K desktop.
From there, right click and open c: in My computer and select "Tools" then "Disk cleanup" and "advanced" this should give you a listof programs similar to what is in "ADD Remove programs", remove all applications that are not W2K approved.
Remember that ALL Programs installed in W2K should be installed through the ADD/REMOVE Wizard or this type of corruption will continue. (Most NT apps will work, but some may create the situation you are experiencing)There is very little information on registry cleaners available for W2K I would download Cyber Media's latest called Uninstaller 5.01 and give it a try. Just run their registry cleaner, print the results, an manually look for strange entries and deal with the cleanup yourself, if you let the uninstaller wizard do it, you may be installing W2K again.
Drop me a line if you need more

Vern
vshipp@home.com

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by dmiles In reply to W2K software hive corrupt ...

Answer to the last portion of question that may be of help,the SCANREG.EXE does exist on the WINDOWS 2000 Resource Kit CD,if you are getting to the start up screen,why not try the Last Known Good Configuration.Good Luck

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