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Old 20-01-2008
J
 
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How do I use Regedit to edit a second XP install

Saturday Eve

Having significant boot issues with the original installation.

(I had added a new vid card,...)

So, I installed XP to another folder. And all appears well.

I now want to edit the registry of the original installation to disable
various startup items.

How do I use regedit/ msconfig to open the orig install registry?

J


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Old 20-01-2008
Massimo
 
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Re: How do I use Regedit to edit a second XP install

"J" <Jnospam@nowhere.com> ha scritto nel messaggio
news:%23Q1d1nuWIHA.4476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...

> How do I use regedit/ msconfig to open the orig install registry?


In order to edit a registry file stored on disk, you need to use the "Load
Hive" function of Regedit and manually select the registry file to open;
those files can be found in various places.
Each user's registry (HKCU or HKU\UserSID) is stored in a single file called
"NTUSER.DAT" inside the user's profile folder ("C:\Documents and
settings\UserName"), while the machine registry (HKLM) is stored as various
extensionless files named after the registry portion they contain
("SOFTWARE", "SYSTEM" and so on); those files can be found in
"C:\Windows\system32\config".
You need to manually load the file you want to edit into Regedit, modify it
and then unload it (don't leave it loaded, just closing Regedit is not
enough) when you're done.


Massimo

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Old 20-01-2008
Ramesh, MS-MVP
 
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Re: How do I use Regedit to edit a second XP install

Editing the Registry for "other" Users
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_adv_reg_editing.htm

Load a hive into the registry:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...8f251d65b.mspx

Examples:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/peboot.htm
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;307016

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows? Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"J" <Jnospam@nowhere.com> wrote in message news:%23Q1d1nuWIHA.4476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
Saturday Eve

Having significant boot issues with the original installation.

(I had added a new vid card,...)

So, I installed XP to another folder. And all appears well.

I now want to edit the registry of the original installation to disable
various startup items.

How do I use regedit/ msconfig to open the orig install registry?

J

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Old 27-01-2008
Svengali
 
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Re: How do I use Regedit to edit a second XP install

I am going to jump in on this post because it kinda relates to some questions
that I have. You see, one of my Xp machines has crashed and I get the BSOD
when I try to start up. I narrowed the problem down to a currupt registry,
and I know the offending program. I think that if I am able to disable this
registry key, I will solve the problem.

I have access to the "bad" drive by hooking it up to another machine that I
have. Can I edit the registry of the affected machine via the good machine
using the methods discussed here?

"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

> Editing the Registry for "other" Users
> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_adv_reg_editing.htm
>
> Load a hive into the registry:
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...8f251d65b.mspx
>
> Examples:
> http://windowsxp.mvps.org/peboot.htm
> http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;307016
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
> Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com
>
>
> "J" <Jnospam@nowhere.com> wrote in message news:%23Q1d1nuWIHA.4476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> Saturday Eve
>
> Having significant boot issues with the original installation.
>
> (I had added a new vid card,...)
>
> So, I installed XP to another folder. And all appears well.
>
> I now want to edit the registry of the original installation to disable
> various startup items.
>
> How do I use regedit/ msconfig to open the orig install registry?
>
> J
>
>

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Old 27-01-2008
AJR
 
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Re: How do I use Regedit to edit a second XP install

Regarding "... the problem down to a currupt registry, and I know the
offending program...." - how did you "narrow" the problem to the registry -
what is the offending program?

Also your use of "...have access to the "bad" drive..." - the term "bad
drive" may not apply. If the "bad" drive does not boot - how do you intend
to access the registry?

Sugestion - forget about messing around with the registry - wait for more
replies to,your post.





"Svengali" <Svengali@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:AF5E2F65-16D7-4642-A13A-BAA663BDE472@microsoft.com...
>I am going to jump in on this post because it kinda relates to some
>questions
> that I have. You see, one of my Xp machines has crashed and I get the BSOD
> when I try to start up. I narrowed the problem down to a currupt
> registry,
> and I know the offending program. I think that if I am able to disable
> this
> registry key, I will solve the problem.
>
> I have access to the "bad" drive by hooking it up to another machine that
> I
> have. Can I edit the registry of the affected machine via the good machine
> using the methods discussed here?
>
> "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
>
>> Editing the Registry for "other" Users
>> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_adv_reg_editing.htm
>>
>> Load a hive into the registry:
>> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...8f251d65b.mspx
>>
>> Examples:
>> http://windowsxp.mvps.org/peboot.htm
>> http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;307016
>>
>> --
>> Regards,
>>
>> Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
>> Windows? Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com
>>
>>
>> "J" <Jnospam@nowhere.com> wrote in message
>> news:%23Q1d1nuWIHA.4476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
>> Saturday Eve
>>
>> Having significant boot issues with the original installation.
>>
>> (I had added a new vid card,...)
>>
>> So, I installed XP to another folder. And all appears well.
>>
>> I now want to edit the registry of the original installation to disable
>> various startup items.
>>
>> How do I use regedit/ msconfig to open the orig install registry?
>>
>> J
>>
>>



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Old 29-01-2008
Ramesh, MS-MVP
 
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Re: How do I use Regedit to edit a second XP install

Without knowing the details of the problem you're facing:

Yes. You may edit the registry offline using Bart PE boot cd, as mentioned in one of the links I posted earlier.

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"Svengali" <Svengali@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:AF5E2F65-16D7-4642-A13A-BAA663BDE472@microsoft.com...
I am going to jump in on this post because it kinda relates to some questions
that I have. You see, one of my Xp machines has crashed and I get the BSOD
when I try to start up. I narrowed the problem down to a currupt registry,
and I know the offending program. I think that if I am able to disable this
registry key, I will solve the problem.

I have access to the "bad" drive by hooking it up to another machine that I
have. Can I edit the registry of the affected machine via the good machine
using the methods discussed here?

"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

> Editing the Registry for "other" Users
> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_adv_reg_editing.htm
>
> Load a hive into the registry:
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...8f251d65b.mspx
>
> Examples:
> http://windowsxp.mvps.org/peboot.htm
> http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;307016
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
> Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com
>
>
> "J" <Jnospam@nowhere.com> wrote in message news:%23Q1d1nuWIHA.4476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> Saturday Eve
>
> Having significant boot issues with the original installation.
>
> (I had added a new vid card,...)
>
> So, I installed XP to another folder. And all appears well.
>
> I now want to edit the registry of the original installation to disable
> various startup items.
>
> How do I use regedit/ msconfig to open the orig install registry?
>
> J
>
>

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  #7  
Old 30-01-2008
Svengali
 
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Re: How do I use Regedit to edit a second XP install

Ok Ramesh. Here is a (long) summary of the problem. I did a manual
TrendMicro Internet Security virus file update on my laptop, and I think that
mistakenly install the wrong program. I have done it hundreds of times, but I
must have been sleepy. Anyway, the component that I tied to install somehow
tried to initiate a reinstall of XP. Or, at lease it tried to reinstall the
files in the systen32 directory. How do I know this? I went through the
Dr.Watson and Event Viewer Logs, and used Windows debugging Tool to look at
the crash dump file (this one didn’t help much because I really didn’t know
what to look for).

It looks like XP shut down the attempted reinstall of the system32 folder
and replaced the files with the backup versions. I actually have results from
the Dr Watson logs, etc. posted in this newsgroup. If you are interested,
look up the posts under my name or specifically my post entitled “Crash! Help
with Dr. Watson and Event Viewer Log Interpretation” Actually; I am wondering
if it might be better for you to respond to that post instead.

Anyway, after this abortive reinstall, the machine did not crash
immediately. I actually used it a few hours after without any problems. It
was only on boot-up the next day that I got the BSOD and “Stop c000021a
{Fatal System Error}”. I can’t do a system restore or last known good config.
It just dies at the agp440 driver load. If I delete that file, it dies at the
next one. My research at the MS KB has leaded me to believe that I have a
corrupt registry caused by the Trend Micro application

I was able to pull the hard drive out and load it into my desktop and
retrieve my data. However, there are a few valuable programs that I would
desperately like to save, so wiping the drive is a last resort. But, I
believe that this is salvageable. That why I’m being so painstaking. I have
already downloaded some stuff from Bart’s PE. However, I wanted to give the
standard Windows Recover Disk a try first. However, I have to build that CD
from scratch, because these OEM computers do not have the original version of
XP. I figure if I could import and edit the registry, that might even be
faster in getting me to the point where I can do a system restore. Let me
know what you think. Thanks.


"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

> Without knowing the details of the problem you're facing:
>
> Yes. You may edit the registry offline using Bart PE boot cd, as mentioned in one of the links I posted earlier.
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
> Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com
>
>
> "Svengali" <Svengali@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:AF5E2F65-16D7-4642-A13A-BAA663BDE472@microsoft.com...
> I am going to jump in on this post because it kinda relates to some questions
> that I have. You see, one of my Xp machines has crashed and I get the BSOD
> when I try to start up. I narrowed the problem down to a currupt registry,
> and I know the offending program. I think that if I am able to disable this
> registry key, I will solve the problem.
>
> I have access to the "bad" drive by hooking it up to another machine that I
> have. Can I edit the registry of the affected machine via the good machine
> using the methods discussed here?
>
> "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
>
> > Editing the Registry for "other" Users
> > http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_adv_reg_editing.htm
> >
> > Load a hive into the registry:
> > http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...8f251d65b.mspx
> >
> > Examples:
> > http://windowsxp.mvps.org/peboot.htm
> > http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;307016
> >
> > --
> > Regards,
> >
> > Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
> > Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com
> >
> >
> > "J" <Jnospam@nowhere.com> wrote in message news:%23Q1d1nuWIHA.4476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> > Saturday Eve
> >
> > Having significant boot issues with the original installation.
> >
> > (I had added a new vid card,...)
> >
> > So, I installed XP to another folder. And all appears well.
> >
> > I now want to edit the registry of the original installation to disable
> > various startup items.
> >
> > How do I use regedit/ msconfig to open the orig install registry?
> >
> > J
> >
> >

>

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