indelible registry items

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April 12, 2009 at 02:43:32
Specs: WinXP Pro, 2.2Ghz; 512Mb
Can Registry items have their properties changed from INdelible, when deleting references to uninstalled software ?

Basty


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#1
April 13, 2009 at 00:01:49
Sebastian42, suspect you're up against some of Windows 'protected' files. Those can't be altered so long as Windows is running.
Solution? Alter before Windows starts. CCleaner (free @ http://www.ccleaner.com/) can do it.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
April 13, 2009 at 01:50:06
I was asking about indelible REGISTRY items - I have no idea how to access registry content without having Windows running.

Basty


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#3
April 13, 2009 at 13:58:43
Administrator can (or normally can) change registry key values or keys. On pro you can edit permissions to keys.

If you are admin and you can't edit keys then boot to live cd and edit or consider clean install.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#4
April 13, 2009 at 18:24:07
CCleaner does have a registry cleaning option but the chances are this will fare no better.

There are some programs that can lock registry entries. Possibly there are still files in situ which are related to that program and causing this issue.
If you can root them out it might unlock their registry entries after reboot.
It is just possible that they are being locked by some other registry entry.

You could try Safe Mode but even that might not get your around this.
I have sometimes found this situation tricky to eradicate.

The Live CD option suggested by jefro might prove to be your only hope. That way you will not have Windows running.

some other bloke...


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#5
April 13, 2009 at 21:51:05
I'm not running windows at the moment but from memory some keys will throw back a access denied style message even if you are a admin. The problem is that registry key have permissions(like file permissions).

To delete these keys(as an admin) right click on the key(this is where I get hazy) and select properties or one of the options(maybe someone else can fill the blanks) and you will eventually get to a file permission like window that has boxes to grant permissions, give yourself full permissions and you should be able to delete the key.

[edit]
I just realised that this has already been pointed out

"On pro you can edit permissions to keys."

I have also seen this on xp home, one example that springs to mind is some of the crap deamon tools leaves behind after uninstall.
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#6
April 14, 2009 at 04:48:41
Judago
Your contribution may have been 'repetitive' , but it did suggest some procedural advice that I would need. Thanks.

Derek
'Live CD'
I've just looked on the NET and it/they seem to be for Linux. Is that any use for accessing WinXP registry ?

Basty


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#7
April 14, 2009 at 12:17:52
It's a bit fiddling and I've only had limited experience at this sort of thing. Yes, Linux is possible (you run it from the CD), or BartPE and various others. The general idea is that you use this to access the registry without MS Windows running.

This Google search should unearth some leads but you will need to wade through it all quite a bit:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?sour...

If jefro looks back he might be able to give you detailed guidance.

some other bloke...


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#8
April 15, 2009 at 02:35:32
Judago
TRUMPS ! Thank you.
If booted into Safe Mode as an Administrator, once an indelible key has been selected, Edit MENU offers Permissions; you must click that to open the window then put a tick for ALLOW in the Full Control column; tick Apply, and OK, then delete the key.

Basty


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#9
April 15, 2009 at 06:05:58
Nice one - I shall save this fix for future reference.

some other bloke...


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