How to restore older Registry?

By macx
Nov 2, 2006
  1. I THINK that may be the problem.

    Put in an unlabeled data CD I found in my files (I had recorded it
    some time ago) and it wouldn't open.

    Then the Task Mgr wouldn't quit when I tried to quit the task.

    THEN I got a msg something about the registry being modified
    from the Spyware Guard, asking to allow or block something.
    I tried to select Block, but it wouldn't "take"

    I had to force quit to get away from that window.

    Upon restarting, all my XP apps can't be found or opened,
    the icons are there but they're all listed as ending in ".lnk"
    and Properties says they're all LNK type files - ????

    Will going back to an older Registry fix that, or ???

    And, I've forgotten how to do that.

    Thanks for any advice!

    Really stuck without my XP!!
  2. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Have you ever exported your registrY settings before? If so, hopefully you known where you stored it.

    If you did export/backed up your registry then all you have to do is import the registry.

    You can try doing a restore point also, or if all fails reboot hit F8 and try LAST KNOW GOOD CONFIGURATION
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 710

    How do I do a restore point?

    I've tried the LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIG twice to no avail.

    I did a search for Registry and didn't see anything that looked
    like a backup, although I thought I'd done it with one of the
    security apps.

    Still stuck.
  4. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 710

    I can't seem to make any progress -
    I've tried downloading a REG file called
    WinXP_EXE_Fix and another one called
    RegSupremePro_setup but something
    won't let me open any kind of exe file.

    I've found some sites that go into great
    detail on how to restore the LNK to EXE
    but I'm afraid it's way beyond my abilities.

    If I just reinstall XP, will that work?

    Will it wipe out all the other applications I've
    installed, or just re-do the XP itself?

    I suppose it will destroy everything in the
    Program Files?

    I do have a list of the other applications, so
    I could reinstall everything if I had to.

    Thanks for any help!

    Got to get this fixed.
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Take a look HERE for how to do a system restore.

    Please let us know if that helps.

    Regards Howard :)
  6. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 710

    Tried that,

    hit OK after msconfig,

    got a window saying that Windows can't open that file
    because it doesn't know what program created it.

    Same result as when I tried to open those registry fix apps.
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Sounds like you need to run a Windows repair as per this thread HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 710

    I have a WD Disc Utility CD, put it in, the computer won't open the

    Tried the memory test, computer won't open it either.

    So, will try going right to the XP disc.

    Wish me luck!


    Well, my luck continues.
    Can't find the sleeve with the Product Code,
    and can't open My Computer / Properties to get it.

    Any way otherwise to get the Product Code?

    (Later Still)

    Tried the Repair thing. Booted from the XP disc,
    things went along well until it just got a start on
    installing Windows and Devices.

    Got to rundll32.exe and Windows couldn't install it (!?),
    got the same window saying it couldn't without
    the program that created it.

    NOW what!?

    I couldn't do anything but force quit and, of course
    when I restarted and booted, Windows isn't installed
    now so it went right back to trying to install Windows
    and Devices and ended up right back at the same
    spot and same hangup.

    Am I just totally screwed?

    Would there be any point in trying a clean install
    rather than a repair?

    At least most of my files are on another drive.

    If I do a clean install, I suppose it wipes out my
    internet browser and all my bookmarks, and all
    my security applications, etc, ??

    There MUST be some way around this!??

    Getting mighty discouraged.
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    It`s not looking good I`m afraid.

    I don`t think you`ve much choice but to reformat and reinstall.

    Reformatting will erase everything on the hard drive.

    Regards Howard :(
  10. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 710

    That's the conclusion I've come to also.
    thankfully I've got most of my long term stored data,
    pics,video, etc, on a physically separate drive.

    I'm going to try something that I did the last time
    this happened, to 98Se, just when I was building
    my current machine.

    Physically remove the drive, hook it to the old
    computer, and try to remove some of the non-
    application files, my internet browser with
    all my bookmarks, and my resume files (I use that
    frequently as I'm a contract type worker on
    power plant construction jobs, and have to spread
    it around when I look for the next job.)

    Worked before. As long as I leave the corrupted Registry
    alone, I hope I won't have any migration of the problem
    to the other computer.

    Times like this I kick myself for building another Windows
    machine when I "could have had a Mac" for the same $,
    with few of these types of malware problems if any, and
    easier to do lots of things with, like video. Started on
    Mac years ago, both daughters & wife have em, no
    comparison with ease of learning & use, not to mention
    this kind of crap.

    Oh, well.

    Thanks everyone for all the efforts at assisting me!!!
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