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I ignorantly ran the program 'Baku'. 1st time I used it. After running the 3 menu choices and 'fixing' the errors I discovered it didn't 'fix' any errors it caused a lot.

First I couldn't run programs, then I restarted Windows. Now, my Windows password isn't even accepted. Is there a way for me to get into my HD again? I sure hope I don't have to reformat my windows.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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From Elvandil: There is no reason to ever clean the registry. It doesn't make the system faster and only risks damage. It's like Russian Roulette with no prize for not losing.
Search for "reg cleaners" or "registry cleaners" in the forum and see what you find. Better yet, do a web search for "I used a registry cleaner".
Relying on an automated process to delete things from such a fragile place as the registry isn't the best idea. We get lots of redo's on systems because people, as soon as we leave, install ALL SORTS of registry cleaners and do so much damage that they are back in the shop.
Windows uses a binary search when looking up keys, which means that even to look up a key in 4.2 billion keys it needs to look at maximally 32 keys. It isn't going to make the slightest bit of difference if there are a half-million obsolete keys present.
http://www.chaoszone.org/index.php?s=registry+cleaners
Then, there are the registry repair programs. Those people should be shot. If you look at the proposed "fixes" in some piece of junk like WinDoctor, you will find that over 90% of the "fixes" the program plans to make are wrong. They are introducing new errors into the registry which these things will now say are "correct". If it finds a missing Help file, for example, it will create a new link to the next Help file it finds, not the one that is missing and not the correct Help file for the application that is missing one. Only a human would notice the difference.
Having said that, I'm sure you realize all of the above due to this experience.

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How to Access Safe Mode

While the computer is turning on, tap F8 once every second until a black screen with white text appears. Using your arrow keys highlight the option Safe Mode and hit Enter.

Once in Safe Mode, click start.

Click All Programs.

Click Accessories.

Click System Tools.

Click System Restore.

Now restore you computer to a date/time before the program was run.

Your computer should now be back to normal.

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Also, you should update to Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Click Start, All Programs, Windows Update.

Let it download and install the update(s), and reboot when all is finished.
 

c0796

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Tried f8 and delete, the f8 is for boot device, any idea what else it might be to get the safe mode prompt? Would choosing to 'repair' with the Win Disk be the same resolution?

**edit. Managed to get into safe mode. in the 'all programs' it is empty. Went into control panel, selected recovery process. Running now, will update when finished.

**Successfully restored. Thank you kindly for your prompt and excellent help, greatly appreciated. :D
 
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