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Can't install game after bad uninstall

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bmzr, Jan 31, 2008.

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  1. bmzr

    bmzr Thread Starter

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    Recently I did a (bad) manual uninstall of the game Guitar Hero 3 on the pc by following a quite guide. It involved deleting an entry in the registry that was contained in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall.

    This now has made the game disappear from the Add/Remove Programs window and so I cannot remove the game from windows memory by that.

    When I try to reinstall the game from the CD, I get the Windows Installer package come up and give me the option to Repair or Remove the applicatio. Neither work as I get the message "The wizard was interrupted before Guitar Hero III could be completely installed. Your system has not been modified. To complete installation at another time, please run setup again."


    That then re adds some entries to my registry, relating to Missing Shared DLL's. I've ran Error Nuker and it detects these entries that point to missing files and deletes them. However when I try reinstalling again with the CD, it does the whole "repair or remove" options, and if I do either, adds those registry entries again.


    Any Ideas? I got no response on another forum, so I thought to try this one.


    Thanks.
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    Welcome to TSG....

    Since you tried a manual uninstall that apparently messed up the registry I would try to do a system restore first.

    Do you have the windows recovery/restore disk set for this computer?
     
  3. bmzr

    bmzr Thread Starter

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    I do have the disk set yes. Would that be the only option then? As System restore doesnt work as there are no dates to restore to.
     
  4. ozrom1e

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    If your recovery/restore disk set will not let you do a repair-install then post back do not force it.

    You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or external hard drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable. and do the following:

    REGISTRY WARNING: The details that follow require an above-average understanding of the technical topics involved. If you do not understand the Registry material presented here, either find a technically knowledgeable friend or do not attempt to repair your system Registry yourself. Improper changes in the System Registry can render all data on your hard disk inaccessible.
    I hope you have the Windows software for this machine. Please give this a try and print it out for reference
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
    How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/917964

    How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install with IE6 Installed =
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

    Here is a link to a registry backup program that is absolutely fantastic it is called ERUNT
    http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
    Remember to always keep a backup of two things:
    Your registry, and your data. You will never be sorry.
     
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