All Program Registrys are wrong

March 30, 2009 at 00:13:29
Specs: Windows XP s2
Well, im not 100% sure on what is happening here, i got a vague idea.

First off earlier today my Boot Registry's were Corrupt and i had used this Microsoft Guide to fix it through Recovery. Here is the Link

After finishing, the last step was to do a System Restore, but i have none.

and now my Regular User isnt there as a login option. just my Admin User. Also, i didnt delete any programs, BUT, if i go into Add and Remove Programs, i only have the Programs i reinstalled since i got the Computer back and Running. i tried to use a program that uses .net framework but i get an Error saying

"please set registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\.NETFramework\InstallRoot to point to the .NET Framework install location"

my Anti Virus prgram wont run anymore it says the Key is not Reckignizable.

i used Hijack this to run a Registry scan.

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March 30, 2009 at 05:03:05
Ok so what is your vague idea as to what you did wrong.?

Did you read the warning?

Warning Do not use the procedure that is described in this article if your computer has an OEM-installed operating system. The system hive on OEM installations creates passwords and user accounts that did not exist previously. If you use the procedure that is described in this article, you may not be able to log back into the recovery console to restore the original registry hives.

All major brands of computers use OEM installation CD's for the general public.

If you followed the procedures as described from Microsoft you should have had a restore point. If you have system restore turned off then the solution would be to turn it on and then repeat the processes after you restore from a backup .

When it comes to someone messing around in the registry the first question is did you do the back up?

No one can really help you after you have edited the registry hives as we really do not know what you did or did not do.
I am not trying to be o missive just stating the facts. This is why we do not recommend that any users do any editing in the registry.

The only recourse after this type of issue is a complete registry replacement in which you will loose all your applications and programs you might try to do a second repair option using an original microsoft installation CD.

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March 30, 2009 at 05:20:22
ALSO, you should do more reading ----
This procedure does not guarantee full recovery of the system to a previous state; however, you should be able to recover data when you use this procedure.

To be operational again, you have to do a Repair of XP ----
How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP

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March 30, 2009 at 08:39:20
ok, the only Registry editing i did was from the Windows guide. and i did a install of Windows on my own, i built this computer myself. sorry the Log i had posted did not show, Here is a Screen Shot of my Add and Remove Program -
Heres my Programs Folder -

and here is the log to Hijack registry scanner (i did not edit anything, i just ran a scan thinking it may be helpful) -

My origianl User is no longer an available user name, Everything that was on the usser is still there, but there is no choice to log to the user. and any time i run a program that requires .Net Framework, that error comes up as i had said in earlier I dont have any of my user settings from before. Im getting the feeling that just backing up the files i want and doing a full format and reinstaill may just be the best choice.

i hope this clears my situation up a bit more for you

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March 30, 2009 at 09:09:04
Just for info, HijackThis is not a "registry scanner". It simply lists programs which are activated when your machine starts up (good or bad). Most of these are initiated in the registry. If anything is missing then it simply won't show.

There are registry scanners (cleaners) around but all these do is look for redundant/invalid keys, such as those left behind when prorgams are uninstalled. They are no help in reconstructing the registry, either in total or in part.

For the future, get yourself a copy of ERUNT which will allow you to save registries every now and then when everything is going is good, for restoration when something goes wrong. I've found that most screw-ups are due to registry issues.

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March 30, 2009 at 09:58:56
ok, is there a way to fix this or am i better off with a freesh clean install?

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March 30, 2009 at 10:32:18
There might be some way to fix it but I doubt this can be done from afar with advice - it would have to be "hands on". Sooo, yes, clean install is probably the best option. It's just the time it takes getting all your own stuff back on.

When you are all setup again get that ERUNT on board - it could save you some hassles later, provided you save good registries from time to time.
I add a "notes" file in with mine so that I know what I last did. Match the installed state to the registry, as near as you can.

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