Registry Not Found

Dell / DIMENSION 4100
December 27, 2009 at 13:33:42
Specs: Windows ME, ?
I have an old computer that I recently tried to start up and the start up was interrupted with a screen showing some information about the PC (such as Legacy Keyboard....Detected) and it says "Press <Del> to Resume."

I press Delete and I eventually get a screen with the following message "Warning: Windows has detected a registry/configuration error. Use SCANREG to correct this error." I then have the option of starting in Normal Logged (\BOOTLOT.TXT), Safe, or Step-by-step confirmation.

When I open in Safe mode it ultimately fails, showing just the background image for my desktop and nothing else. While in safe mode I can do nothing except move the mouse around.

When I try any of the other three options it ultimately leads to the "blue screen of death" with the following message: "Windows protection error. You need to restart your computer. System halted."

Ultimately this computer was going to be consigned to the scrap heap but there are still some files that I would like to remove from the harddrive. Is there any hope for this computer? Or should I just give it up for lost and hope that there were no files that I needed on the harddrive?

Also, even with a corrupted registry would I be able to access these files using an External USB SATA Drive Dock?

Thank you for your help.

Also, if need be I can take pictures of the various screens and post them.

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December 27, 2009 at 16:15:22
Remove the drive and copy the files that you need. Then, if you want, put the drive back in, reboot, and use Ctrl-F11 to restore to Factory settings.

Also, if you have a valid license for Windows 2000, the 4100 will run that quite nicely with a little more RAM installed.


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December 27, 2009 at 16:25:32
Thanks for the advice, but sadly pressing F11 does not work. I have tried it repeatedly but to no avail. I did restart with the boot CD and was able to get the computer to start up to the C: prompt. Now I just need to remember all my old dos commands (such as dir/p) and see what files I need, see how big they are, and if they are small enough copy them to some 3.5" discs!

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December 27, 2009 at 17:10:16
To restore a previous registry after booting from the cd or bootdisk type c:\windows\command\scanreg/restore and enter. Then choose a registry to restore from the listed dates.

Of course it may be more than just a registry problem but you can try it and see what happens.

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December 28, 2009 at 04:49:45
Also, to load the Recovery partition, it's Ctrl-F11, not F11


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December 28, 2009 at 14:21:09
That used to happen in Win98 when the RAM was bad. I never used ME but it sounds like the same problem.

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December 29, 2009 at 10:43:48
re' possible RAM issues... How much RAM is there in system? It may be possible to reduce to a minimum (possibly single stick) and see if you can get in - trying each stick in turn?

Also you could use a Knoppix/Ubuntu disk and access drive's contents that way; and then copy to optical-media... - iso download which burn etc. to a CD or DVD - usually wants DVD these days; but previous versions (and possibly better here?) used to fit on a standard CD? - similarly for an .iso etc...

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December 30, 2009 at 15:11:44
latest version of knoppix still fits on a cd

don't use the adriane version, its for the visually impaired.
I have recently been using puppy (its a smaller, quicker download) and dragging the files on a 2gb usb drive. Also runs from the ram (if you have at least 256mb), leaving the drive accessable.
Knoppix will run from the ram also, but you need 1gb. type knoppix toram, at the boot.


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January 26, 2010 at 05:54:11
You can bypass the Windows registry entirely, by booting to DOS instead of Windows, using a Win ME emergency boot disk - get one from

Then copy your files using DOS. There are various DOS utilities for copying files with long file names, if you need that option.

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