Copying NT from dead drive?

February 20, 2011 at 15:52:44
Specs: Windows NT, Celeron/256mb
An unique video capture card with software using HardLock protection (manufacturer does not exist anymore) was installed on NT 4.0 WS SP6.
The HD crashed leaving me with no backup, ERD nor software installation files.
I have succeeded saving the contents of the dead drive, installed NT on another one which I put back back into the PC, but no matter what I try I can't bring the old system32/config/ hives back to life. Copying of the SYSTEM & SOFTWARE hives produce system halt ("The dynamic link library winsrv.dll could not be found in the specified path Default Load Path).
The procedure outlined here: produces the expected message: "Registry Editor could not load the key. The file is not a valid Registry file."
I already lost a few days days dealing with this.
Is there anything else I could try before I start crying?

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March 25, 2011 at 10:15:20
You can't normally copy a Registry Hive from one build to another. The two systems aren't exactly the same. What you're seeing is normal behavior unfortunately.

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