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Retrieving Registry through DOS?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by NathanLL, Sep 18, 2003.

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  1. NathanLL

    NathanLL Thread Starter

    Sep 18, 2003
    Hi, this problem deals with multiple issues but ultimately I think it's a Windows XP question. MY OS was XP, and a I received a virus (I think) last week that corrupted some of my system files. To correct it, I ran scanreg.exe, which was something I used to do when I ran WindowsME. I still had a copy of the ME CD on my hard drive, which is where I ran scanreg.exe from. This returned my system registry to the last successful time it had been booted, but unfortunately, it only recognized the last time it had been booted in ME, not XP. So my registry has been set back to where it was in January when I upgraded, and now I can not access Windows at all. I am fine with reformatting the drive and starting from scratch, but I want to retrieve my Outlook Express e-mail and address books. I retrieved the .DBX and .WAB files and checked them on another computer, only to find out that they too had been reset to what they had been in January. I was not aware that scanreg.exe had that much power! So my question is this : is there an XP equivalent of scanreg.exe that I can use to update my system registry to a more recent boot that will allow me to retrieve my current information from Outlook Express? Is there any other way of retrieving that information? I can only access the drive in question through DOS; if I plug the hard drive into another computer it sees the drive as unformatted. Any suggestions would be very appreciated ... I have been pulling my hair out to find a way to get that info back!
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