system frozen by registry hit

  maiden 16:45 16 Dec 2007
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recently my system (XP pro with sp2) froze for some reason. The only thing I could do was switch off. When switch on there was BSD saying software hive currupt. Help. I had a system back-up but could not get to use it. I had system image but could not use that either. The only thing I could do was get c> prompt.
I had installation disc for XP but that would only upgrade from within windows. I had Win98 disc but that would not load with Win98 files already loaded.

Can anyone please advise what should have been correct solution. In the end I did a partition format. then installed win98 then upgraded to XP. Then downloaded SP2. Wow it took ages. I do not know to this day what caused the initial failure.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:19 16 Dec 2007

1. Boot the Recovery Console from the Windows XP installation CD. or Install recovery console if no disc.
(a. Click Start, and then click Run.
b. In the Open box, type C:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons where C is the drive letter for the installed windows.
c. A Windows Setup Dialog Box appears. The Windows Setup Dialog Box describes the Recovery Console option. To confirm the installation, click Yes.
d. Restart the computer. The next time that you start your computer, "Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" appears on the startup menu.)



2. When you're at the Recovery Console command prompt, change into the root directory of the system drive with the cd command (i.e., cd \).

3. Change into the System Volume Information directory by typing cd system~1 on most machines, or cd "System Volume Information."

(The filenames with ~1 are generated by default to provide backwards compatibility with programs that only recognize 8.3-format filenames. It's possible to disable 8.3 filename generation on NTFS volumes to gain some speed, but the speed gained by doing this is generally pretty small and it can have the unintended consequence of making it impossible to use 8.3 filenames in contexts like this. If you can't use 8.3 filenames to navigate, 8.3 name generation might be disabled. See Microsoft's support document called How to Disable the 8.3 Name Creation on NTFS Partitions.

4. The System Volume Information directory contains a folder name _restore followed by a GUID in curly braces. Change into it by typing cd _resto~1; if that doesn't work you'll have to type cd "_restore{GUID_STRING}", with the full GUID string in place of GUID_STRING.

5. In the _restore directory are a group of subdirectories starting with the letters RP and followed by a number. These are the different restore points available for that volume.

6. Check the date on each directory and look for one that corresponds to a date before you began experiencing problems.

7. Change into the appropriate directory. If the directory is named RP74, for instance, change into it by typing RP74.

8. Inside that directory will be a subdirectory named snapshot; change into that directory as well (cd snapshot)

9. The snapshot directory holds backup copies of the SOFTWARE and SYSTEM Registry hives, named _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE and _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM, respectively.

10. The target directory for these files is \Windows\System32\Config, and the hives there are named SOFTWARE and SYSTEM. Rather than overwrite those files entirely, you can rename them to something else. Typing ren \windows\system32\config\software \windows\system32\config\software.bak and ren \windows\system32\config\system \windows\system32\config\system.bak will rename them to software.bak and system.bak, respectively.

11. Copy in the backup hives: copy _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE \windows\system32\config\software and copy _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM \windows\system32\config\system.

12. Type exit to leave the Recovery Console and restart the computer.

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