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By dave.raj ·
Hi, I have done a really stupid thing today. By mistake I deleted the registry key HKLM/Software/Microsoft, an error message appeared saying there was an error when deleting the key. So I thought that is ok.
I rebooted the machine and now it just keeps going in a loop, it gets to the Windows 2000 screen and then it restarts. I cannot get into safe mode or Last known good configuration, the same loop happens after the Windows 2000 screen appears. I tried repairing the installation with the Windows 2000 CD, I did a fast repair and a manual repair, and there was still no fix.It still keeps going in a loop.

If anyone can help, that would be so good. I don't want to reformat and re-install Windows 2000 because I will lose a lot of important data, but I guess I deserve it :-(

Please help if there are any geniuses out there

Thanks
Dave

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by G... In reply to Windows 2000 in a loop

Have you try to re-install windows without formating? It may work even though it's not so often but anyway, you could start your pc and backup your data before a fresh install.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Windows 2000 in a loop

use the recovery console and see if you have any files in the repair folder. that is normally a hidden folder so change the folder view to show hidden.
or try this:
The Registry Repair Utility download for Windows 2000-based computers
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830570/en-us
here are a couple other links to peruse when the fire is out.
How To Use the Backup Program to Back Up and Restore the System State in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/240363/EN-US/
How to Back Up and Restore the System State
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/238359/EN-US/
Differences Between Manual and Fast Repair in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/238359/EN-US/

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Windows 2000 in a loop

Repairing, recovering, and restoring an installation of Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/268106/en-us

if you can't finesse a fix like above, the worst that can happen is you will need to do a 'rescue' or 'parallel' install of win2k on the same partition in another folder. that will give you access to your old data. do not format!! not necessary. i bet you can repair this one. here is the article about the rescue install
How to perform a parallel installation of Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/266465/en-us
good luck

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by chris.langley57 In reply to Windows 2000 in a loop

Hi Dave,

If you boot from BART PE you will be able to access the HD and retierve your data. This is a variation of the Windows Pre-Install environment that is XP based, so although it doesn't support plug and play it will recognise a USB device if its plugged BEFORE you boot. Once booted BART has a GUI file manager as well as a registry editor and other goodies which you can use to possibly reconstruct your registry. Even if this doesn't help on this occasion I has got me out of a few tight spots in the past. Very useful for a clean boot. Recomended.

Go to http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ or google for BART PE

Good luck

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