Hello! Windows 7's registry was corrupted. I have a recent backup, but cannot access it because windows 7 crashes at startup. I tried using the repair command prompt to access it, but i am unable to. Could anybody tell me how to access your drive through the repair command prompt?
Well, let's see. There is no error message because it BSOD's every time i start Windows 7. Safe Mode doesn't work, and System Restore doesn't work because "System Protection must be enabled on this disk".
I am well aware of the fact that this is a bad situation. I believe the registry is corrupted because right before Windows 7 broke I used a Registry Defragmenter. I have not updated or changed any drivers. I did not turn off System Restore, but then again I didn't turn it on either. Is there any way to restore the registry at this stage? I am pretty sure that would fix the problem.
Well, if that is the only option.... Also, I have restored the registry before. In fact it is very easy. If a program backs it up, it is saved as a .reg file, and once you click it Windows re-writes the registry with it.
( Boot dvd - windows loads files - select language and keyboard -
when you get the Install Now screen , DO NOT CLICK "Install Now" ,
instead click "Repair my Computer" at the bottom left of that window ).
It will probably attempt an automatic repair - worth running that a couple of times to see if it helps.
If not, highlight the o/s to repair, click Next
Open the command prompt
Type the following - press enter after each command ( after each line):
ren default default.old
ren sam sam.old
ren security security.old
ren software software.old
ren system system.old
copy default c:\windows\system32\config
copy sam c:\windows\system32\config
copy security c:\windows\system32\config
copy software c:\windows\system32\config
copy system c:\windows\system32\config
Close cmd prompt, restart - boot from HD. With any luck you will boot up fine.
Before you attempt the registry repair in my previous post - worth checking you are working on the right partition - specially if you dual booting. Identify the 7 partition from the cmd prompt like this:
Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7137
Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: 7-PC
DISKPART> LIS VOL
Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- ------
Volume 0 F DVD-ROM 0 B No Media
Volume 1 C New Volume NTFS Partition 30 GB Healthy
Volume 2 D New Volume NTFS Partition 25 GB Healthy System
Volume 3 E 7000 x86 NTFS Partition 23 GB Healthy
Volume 4 G Data Logica NTFS Partition 40 GB Healthy
Volume 5 H Backup Logi NTFS Partition 30 GB Healthy
The first command will then be to cd ( change directory ) to the correct partition.