Want to try a "System Restore" from the Recovery Console?
by Slikkster - 3/4/09 5:30 AM
In Reply to: FYI by Bwanap
Since you didn't deselect services from msconfig, it's possible that all of this deselecting/uninstalling is playing a part. But, as Kees pointed out, it may be just a coincidence. I'm betting on the former, and your options right now given that you are traveling and don't have a boot disc are limited.
The following may very well get you back up and running, and it may not. If it doesn't, you'll probably need to do a non-destructive "Repair Install" when you get back home. So, if you're game, please follow instructions carefully.
First, you absolutely MUST print out these instructions and follow them to a tee. If you can't print this out, please don't try to remember the instructions. Here's the page to print:
For your purposes, boot to the Recovery Console and start with Step 5 of the instructions in the link above. (Steps 1-4 are for people booting from an XP disc to get to Recovery Console.)
Now, with respect to choosing the right restore point (aka "RP"), it's imperative that you choose one that's dated right BEFORE you started all this uninstalling/deselecting. So, if you did all this "cleanup" on March 1, look for an RP date of February 28 or 27 --close to the date <i>but before</i> you started this cleanup process.
Syntax is very important here. So, follow the lines in the article above as typed with respect to copying things. Note that the Restore Points are saved with underscore characters before their names, so that must be part of the name when you go to copy. For example, you'll see in the article above (and don't do this step now until you follow all the instructions in the article!):
copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy _registry_machine_software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy _registry_machine_security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy _registry_machine_sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy _registry_user_.default c:\windows\system32\config\default
You must type those lines exactly as written to ensure they are copied correctly. But again, that's the last step. Follow the instructions in the article before you get to that point, and be absolutely sure you pick a restore point date BEFORE the day you started the cleanup.
Now, IF you do this and are able to boot successfully, you will no doubt have some errors about not being able to find programs, etc. System Restore will not bring back your uninstalled programs. So, the registry you are restoring will still have indicators that these programs exist. You'll have to either reinstall them or deselect them from the startup routine.
Good luck, grasshopper.
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