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Solved: Windows Xp Settings and Drivers

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by -Fabez-, Oct 11, 2008.

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  1. -Fabez-

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    Recently my Windows Xp and Vista dual boot computer suffered from a hard drive crash, corrupting the System registry file in Windows Xp. If I was to replace Windows Vista with a second copy of Windows Xp, how would I go about copying all of my drivers, settings and so on and so forth ? Also I have been told that the Windows Xp System file is different on every computer, so is there a way of generating a new System file, as I have recently changed my hardware.
     
  2. TheOutcaste

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    If System Restore was running on the XP partition, you can pull the System hive from one of the restore points.

    I'm assuming Vista and XP are on different partitions, and you can access your files in the XP partition when booted to Vista.

    How to restore the registry from a system restore point.



    1. Boot into Vista. I'll refer to the XP Partition as drive D: in this procedure.
      Change the letter as needed to match whatever drive letter it is shown as in Vista.
    2. Open Windows Explorer (right click My Computer, click Explore)
    3. Change View Settings to make sure hidden and system files are visible:
      • In Windows Explorer, click on Tools | Folder Options -> View Tab
      • Check the following:
      • Display the contents of system folders (not present in Win2K/Vista)
      • Show hidden files and folders
      • Uncheck the following:
      • Hide extensions for known file types (WinXP/Vista)
      • Hide file extensions for known file types (Win2K)
      • Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
    4. Double click the D: drive in the left pane of Windows Explorer
      We now need to gain access to the System Volume Information folder shown in the right pane. Follow the steps from this article: How to gain access to the System Volume Information folder
      In some cases we may also need to take ownership of the System Volume Information folder. Follow the steps from this article if needed: How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
      Once done, double click the System Volume Information folder in the right pane.
    5. Double click the _restore{... folder in the right pane(there will be a bunch of numbers/letters after the {, different on each system)
    6. Click on the View menu, then on Details
      You should see a list of folders named RPxxx, where xxx will be a number.
    7. In the right pane, click twice on the Date Modified column heading.
      This will sort the folders by date with the newest one at the top.
    8. Check the dates of the folders, and find one with a date BEFORE you made the changes that caused the system to stop booting.
    9. Double click on the RPxxx folder selected above
    10. Double click on the snapshot folder in the right pane
    11. In the left pane we need to make D:\Windows\system32\config visible:
      • Click the plus sign in front of D:\Windows
      • Click the plus sign in front of D:\Windows\system32
      • Scroll the windows as needed so that D:\Windows\System32\Config is visible in the left pane.
    12. Copy the following files to D:\Windows\System32\Config by dragging each one while holding the CTRL key and dropping it on the D:\Windows\System32\Config folder in the left pane (make sure a plus sign is displayed to indicate copying):
      • _REGISTRY_USER_.DEFAULT
      • _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SAM
      • _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SECURITY
      • _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE
      • _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM
      You could try copying just the _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM file, but I prefer to keep the hives "matched"
    13. Now, click on the D:\Windows\System32\Config folder in the left pane
    14. Rename the following files (highlight each file and press F2, then edit the name):
      • Rename DEFAULT to DEFAULT.bak
      • Rename SAM to SAM.bak
      • Rename SECURITY to SECURITY.bak
      • Rename SOFTWARE to SOFTWARE.bak
      • Rename SYSTEM to SYSTEM.bak
    15. Now rename these files:
      • Rename _REGISTRY_USER_.DEFAULT to DEFAULT
      • Rename _REGISTRY_USER_SAM to SAM
      • Rename _REGISTRY_USER_SECURITY to SECURITY
      • Rename _REGISTRY_USER_SOFTWARE to SOFTWARE
      • Rename _REGISTRY_USER_SYSTEM to SYSTEM
    16. Restart and boot into XP.
    17. Try to do a System Restore to the same date you picked above.
      This procedure only replaces the registry hive, not any system files, so there is a chance that previous restore points will no longer work, as System Restore may detect inconsistencies if there were any major changes.


    Once you are satisfied that the system is working correctly, you can delete the *.bak files from D:\Windows\system32\config

    HTH

    Jerry
     
  3. -Fabez-

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    Thanks for the reply, sorry I took so long to reply back. I have followed your steps, but to no avail so I am going to reformat my hard drive and reinstall from scratch. However before I do this, are you aware of any program that can retrieve the drivers from the Windows installation that I cannot use, if I have other installation of Windows of my second hard drive ? Thanks -Fabez-
     
  4. TheOutcaste

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    Too bad it didn't work. Hope the re-install goes smoothly.

    Check Elvandil's list in this post

    Easier than sorting through a few hundred thousand Google hits...

    Jerry
     
  5. -Fabez-

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    Thanks for the link :D
     
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