Win2k constant reboot loop

Microsoft Windows® 2000 professional fu...
March 21, 2010 at 12:57:38
Specs: Windows 2000
I was chasing a nasty virus that was also blocking my antivirus software. I went into the regedit & out of frustration, started deleting keys. I managed to block the virus long enough to run anti virus. Detected & repaired, was prompted to restart syst. My computer went into a constant loop. I'm sure that it had to do with the registry key deletion. I deleted the wrong key once before during a reformat & had the same thing happen. Took it to a shop. Can't afford to do that this time. Can you help? Safe mode does not work.

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#1
March 21, 2010 at 14:16:59
Do you have a W2K cd; and also perhaps a knoppix or Ubuntu disk?

If you have W2K disk then you could run a repair installation and thiat will likely do what's required...
But first... using a knoppix/Ubuntu disk... boot up and copy all your files (data etc.) to optical media. Verfiy the copies will play on at least one other system to check those copoies are OK...

Then set about the Repair installation for W2K

Knoppix.com and Ubuntu.com

Each has free download of an ISO file; which save to a hard-drive - the burn to a dvd. Boot with that dvd.

If... by chnace you have an ERD for W2K, dig it out...

Repair of W2K guide:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kb...

The secpnd link is an excellent disussion of both mode of Repair for W2K; suggest you read both the links above though...

Once you are back and running OK... make an ERD for W2K; keep it safe and up to date...

Incidentally you might well have been able to resolve the virus nasty by boooting as above with Knoppix or Ubuntu... Then going on-line to Trend.com - and running their freebie "housecall" scanner...

Also when running OK again; develop the habit of duplicating/copying your data regularly to optical media (and/or another HD) for safety of data at all times...So often folks don't and frequently lose it all when things go pear-shaped...


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March 22, 2010 at 05:20:05
I don't have the knoppix or unbutu disk. I tried to boot my win2k disk & was unsuccessfull. What option do I use in bios or through F8 to get the disk win2k to initialize. Through F8, restore or repair option does not work.

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#3
March 22, 2010 at 16:01:59
Knoppix/Ubuntu both provide a free.ISO file which you can download and burn to DVD. Then boot with that DVD - as in my previous post...

To enable boot from CD/DVD first...
Power up system and watch screen for a message that says (usually) something along the lines of which key or combination of keys to press to enter the bios settings...

Then navigate your way to the boot sequence/order page; and change the boot order so that CD/DVD is first in the list; and hard-drive is second...

Save changes and exit.

Then install W2K disk and reboot system...

What make is the laptop/desktop system?

BUT...FIRST - secure your data off the system...

Make yourself the Knoppix or Ubuntu disk (perhaps both). Then set boot order as above; then boot with a Knoppix or Ubuntu disk and transfer your data to safety...

Then boot up with the W2K disk and run a Repair installation - as per the links I posted above... Read the instructions in the links "very" carefully. You are aiming to run a REPAIR installation - nothing else. If you do it correctly... your data ought to be safe still on the drive. But first - again - safeguard data as above - just in case something goes amiss.. Better to be safe than sorry re' data...


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