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Can't delete registry!

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  1. xZippy

    xZippy Thread Starter

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    Please look at my image link, for the life of me, I can not delete this registry folder! I've tried editing the permissions in every way, no luck, I've tried the CCleaner program, and nothing. I can't even delete the (Default) registry in the folder, when I try to delete anything related to that "Sony Media Software" folder I get an error saying "Cannot delete Sony Media Software: Error while deleting key."

    Normally I would let something like this slide, but I can't install Sony Vegas again while this messed up registry key thing is still around, please, is there a way I can get rid of this annoying thing?

    This be the image.
     
  2. Frank4d

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    What happened to the original installation of Sony Vegas? That might give us a clue about the registry key.
     
  3. Jack Hackett

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    If it wont delete, try renaming it ;)
     
  4. xZippy

    xZippy Thread Starter

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    No, I can't rename or delete it. The original installation wasn't actually Sony Vegas, but it was Sony Vegas Movie Studio or something like that... But both programs use the exact same registries since they're almost the same program. I couldn't uninstall movie studio because this damn registry is so damn screwed up, so I used Windows Installer Cleanup to get the program off my Add/Remove programs list, although the registry is still there.
     
  5. memoryinmotion

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    Have you tried safe mode?

    Another thing to try (if your comfortable, it can be complex) is booting with a live CD, like Ultimate Boot Disk and using its regedit.
     
  6. Frank4d

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    You might try to force the deletion from a command prompt. Here is the command to type:
    reg delete "HKLM\Software\Sony Media Software" /f

    If the above doesn't work, note the exact failure message that is displayed.
     
  7. xZippy

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    I just tried that, and I got "Error: Access is denied."
     
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