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Registry disaster in the making

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by CDRome, Oct 12, 2003.

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  1. CDRome

    CDRome Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    Strange things have been happening ever since I installed the latest patch for IE6 from Windows Update. The computer kept on crashing and I couldn't access the system tray but the open programs/windows worked normally. Then once when I had to turn it off and back on I got a "Registry Access" error. If I clicked on OK, the computer would restart and give me the error message again and again and again. But if I continued working, everything seemed to work fine except the tray had lost Dave's Search Deskbar and the order of my tray icons. So I download Registry Mechanic and got about 158 errors. RM fixed all but 58, all font-related. Also, when I run Spybot Search I get lots of registry file and dll missing messages which I never used to get before.

    Now when I restart the computer I don't get a registry error message but I still get a messed up system tray that just won't keep my arrangement of thing in its memory, plus Dave's Search Deskbar no longer appears although if I click on Add Toolbar and hold it long enough I get first one instance of Dave's listed in the menu and then, after a few seconds, as many as four instances of it, and still not the Deskbar itself. Plus if I try to do anything with the registry through System Information, I get a registry access method and a computer restart...

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    1. Outlook 2000 keeps on giving me an Error 1919; it tells me that the Internet service is not installed propoerly; and everytime I click for help it first attempts to install help and then gives me an Error 1919 and when I cancel install it gives me the help files. Attempts to repair Outlook give me the same Error 1919.

    Can you please help?

    Caren

    P.S. - I have managed to successfully repair IE6 but hasn't changed any of the issues above.
     
  2. Rhettman5.1

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    Have you tried starting in dos and at the C prompt type in scanreg /restore and hit enter (note the space between scanreg and/) then select a date before the problem started, hopefully this will restore a backed up copy of the registry...keep us posted, and welcome to TSG :) Rhett
     
  3. CDRome

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    Hi Rhett and thanks for the welcome. I've tried what you're suggesting but to no avail. By the way, it didn't offer me a chance to choose a date. It just went right through and did whatever it was supposed to do.
     
  4. Rhettman5.1

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    Well, now you have me, what OS are you using, someone else will have to step in, as I just got in over my head :) hang in there, someone will be along to help further :)
     
  5. CDRome

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    OK! My system's Win ME / PIII 800/256M.
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    On WinME you can do start button, run, then type in scanreg /restore. You should get some dates to choose from.
     
  7. CDRome

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    Hi Aca Candy
    I've done that twice, but I get a message saying there were some errors in the registry and that I should restart to get it fixed. I do as instructed and still get nowhere....
     
  8. ~Candy~

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    Well, it sounds like you've got a mess of the registry entries going.

    You are able to get to the desktop still, correct? And you can get online?
     
  9. CDRome

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    Hi AcaCandy,

    Yes I can pretty much do everything with the PC except use Outlook to check my e-mail (I can load Outlook but it says I have to reinstall the services) or repair Outlook/Office (I get an error message saying: "Error 1919. Error configuring ODBC data source: MS Access Database, ODBC error 19: Could not write to registry. Verify that MS Access Database exist and that you have access to it." Needless to say, the database does exist. I have tried the MS Support site solutions and run a couple of patches but to no avail.

    CDRome
     
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  11. CDRome

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    Yes. Tried'em. But... nothing happened.
     
  12. ~Candy~

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    Did you try reinstalling Outlook instead of repairing?
     
  13. CDRome

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    No. I haven't resorted to that because I have many many add-ons and customized forms and menus that I just wouldn't want to lose. And have no idea where they are so that I could back them up.
     
  14. ~Candy~

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    Your forms shouldn't be affected with an overinstall, I wouldn't think the menus would be either, but possibly on those. Let me shoot a PM off to someone who may be able to help. She may not reply until tomorrow.
     
  15. CDRome

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    Thanks AcaCandy. I won't be doing this until tomorrow anyway because I want to do a full backup of my system first. Hope to hear from you tomorrow.
     
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