system restore recovery console

  DrScott 11:16 11 Sep 2006

For all those struggling with a corrupt registry in Windows XP which stops them booting into windows, or indeed anyone who's system is in dire trouble and they can't access system restore via the GUI, I have found a solution that may save a lot of headaches...

The good thing about this method is that it allows you access restore points from previous installations, i.e ones that you can't access through Windows itself if you've done a repair install.

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The relevant bit is this:

- go to recovery console
- type cd \ then enter
- then cd "system volume information\_resto~1 then enter
- type dir then enter

when you hit Enter> it will list all the restore points folders
like rp1,rp2........ we have to see the last restore point to copy
the file from a recent backup. if the restore points have more than
one page then u have keep on hitting the Enter> key to view the
last restore point folder. You will have to choose the second to the
last option, if it has more than 2 RP's.

- type cd rp {the second to the last restore point no. } (Note :
Example : cd rp9, if rp9 is the second to the last restore point,
where last restore point no.=9 )

- then type cd snaphot

Now the command Prompt will look like this c:\system~1\_resto~1\rp9

- type: copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32
\config\system OR:
copy _registry_machine_softwarec:\windows\system32\config\software
- then type exit

Thought that might help a lot of you who may have run into trouble... it certainly saved me! It's a good workaround for the system32\config\system error in particular. Hope it helps!

  DrScott 11:31 11 Sep 2006

You need to add another " after system volume information for it to work, so the third line reads:

cd "system volume information"\_resto~1

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