Solved Deleted Registry Profiles

July 22, 2010 at 12:17:04
Specs: Windows XP Pro
Upon advice from another forum, I deleted all profile registry keys under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList. Their thinking was that a new default key would be created. After reboot a sort of default loaded with only the basics (same in safe mode).

ALL executables do not work, these include:
exe.s, regedit, restore points, control panel user accounts, and etc. as there are no file associations. All folders including hidden are intact, except that I'm not finding the System Volume Info. folder. Only the above registry was changed w/o ability to access.

I'm hoping for a way to access the registry through the recovery (or command prompt) panel to find the deleted or .bak registry keys. I also have the NTUSER.DAT_BAK files under its admin. user if this helps.

Open to all advice, but not willing to format or reinstall cop-outs...


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July 23, 2010 at 12:02:13
Problem Solved! Hello to all those who tried to help.

While in that funky default user mode w/o file associations, I was able to merge an ".exe fix" registry key to make executable's work. Fixes of all types for XP are available from:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass...

As a result, access to regedit, control panel and user accounts became available. I immediately created a new administrative user and renamed the old user folder in "documents and settings" to the new user, —wallah everything came up when logging into the new account.

The problem of the corrupted user profile has been corrected the HARD WAY! Glad I joined this forum. In the future I'll check here first before going out on a long limb.


#1
July 22, 2010 at 12:44:13
Can you use system restore?

There are usually other ways too that can recover older versions or copies of registry.

Then you are ways to put a generic one in and last would be the full clean install.

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#2
July 22, 2010 at 12:44:50
Sometimes you can use a Bart's PE cd or other live cd to run restore too.

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#3
July 22, 2010 at 15:59:08
Unless you backed up the registry before deleting the keys you are screwed.
Who knows what those bak files contain. Restoring them could further compound the problem. Check their file dates.

Next stop is a repair install [not to be confused with new install] and that is not a cop out. If may be your only hope of recovery.


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#4
July 22, 2010 at 17:18:48
XP doesn't have a registry restore, only system restore (which is your best bet).

In future backup the registry (Export) before you work on it, or better still use a program like ERUNT which allows you to save and restore registries. I use the latter and only save registries I believe to be OK. It pays to try to match the installed state to any registry you restore if at all possible. I keep a note in their save file, keeping track of any changes I make.

Long Range Golfer


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#5
July 22, 2010 at 20:20:01
Unfortunately ALL tools have no file associations when bringing up the OS. No regedit, no Sys. restore, etc., etc. Therefore, I'll try the repair from the CD and post back.

BTW: If I can somehow access the registry externally with a portable editor on a stick, I may be able to merge the deleted keys. When deleting a key, it's still accessible in a reg-bak location unless the registry has been cleaned.

PS: Thank-you for the suggestions, you're great!

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#6
July 22, 2010 at 23:04:26
And with that, remember to read the disclaimer accompanying all help forums.

Use at your own risk. That even applies here.

I am not inferring the above advice is faulty. I am just pointing out that had you thought things out you probably would have acted differently.


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#7
July 23, 2010 at 00:47:59
Which repair approach are you considering? The one that is via recovery console - or the one that is true repair and doesn't involve recovery console? The latter is in effect an overwrite of current installation, will require renew of updates as I recall afterwards; but ought to leave data untouched...(they
say...). I'd still be inclined to safeguard data/files though (to opticals or another HD......

Both options are detailed here (in-case of need) - use the true repair approach - not the recovery console path...

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/X...


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#8
July 23, 2010 at 08:13:23
Re #5.

Found this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

Looks a bit heavy so trying to do something like this from a key would sound difficult if not impossible.

Long Range Golfer


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#9
July 23, 2010 at 12:02:13
✔ Best Answer
Problem Solved! Hello to all those who tried to help.

While in that funky default user mode w/o file associations, I was able to merge an ".exe fix" registry key to make executable's work. Fixes of all types for XP are available from:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass...

As a result, access to regedit, control panel and user accounts became available. I immediately created a new administrative user and renamed the old user folder in "documents and settings" to the new user, —wallah everything came up when logging into the new account.

The problem of the corrupted user profile has been corrected the HARD WAY! Glad I joined this forum. In the future I'll check here first before going out on a long limb.

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#10
July 23, 2010 at 12:35:39
Glad it worked out for you. Thanks for getting back with us. Not many posters bother.

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#11
July 23, 2010 at 12:39:01
Ooops, should have thought of exe fix.

Nice one and thx for popping back.

Long Range Golfer


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#12
July 23, 2010 at 12:51:05
A restore point returns registry to that date. It is as good of a copy as it was on that day.

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#13
July 29, 2010 at 12:47:49
Help! - First I do not know how to work this forum stuff so I may have entered a previous post.
Second, all of my file associations are gone.
There fixes requiring .bat or .exe do not work

Can I associate a regedit.exe to an application that will let me use it to fix my problem?


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#14
July 29, 2010 at 13:10:20
Hal

You need to raise a new post because few people will look at this one as the problem is now fixed.

Just choose your operating system (XP, Vista, or whatever) and post it there. Tell them what you've already tried.

Don't try associating regedit.exe with any other application.

Long Range Golfer


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