XP crash and now won't boot

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Wildlife

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Ok... this could get long. :)

A gentleman has come to my message board asking about his XP home system. It seems he messed with the registry and deleted some things that he probably shouldn't have. Now his pc won't boot past the XP splash screen and it freezes. He can't get into safe mode either.

He installed XP from a friends disk so he could access the system as the firm he bought his computer from did NOT Supply him with an XP install disk, and they won't answer their phone or e-mails for support.

Now he has XP installed "in parallel" on the same drive as his old system and he can access the system.

He also has a back up of the system from before the crash.

Can he boot with XP boot disks and recover the system from that back up somehow?

What would be the steps to do so?

He's at 10 days and counting with the "30 day trial" (friends' copy of XP).

Thanks!

Wildlife

P.S. the entire thread can be read at:
http://www.thatcomputerguy.us/forum/read.php?TID=178
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if he boots from the recovery disks or even a 98 boot disk he can restore the registry this way.

1. select Start computer without CD-ROM support using the Up/ Down Arrow keys and then press the Enter key.
The a: prompt appears.

2. Type c:\windows\command\scanreg /restore and press the Enter key.

The Microsoft Registry Checker screen appears.
3. Select a date using the Up/Down Arrow keys and then press the Enter key.

4. The "You have Restored a Good Registry" window appears.
Remove the Recovery CD and press the Enter key to restart the computer.

ive never tried this with xp but it worked in 98se.
hope this helps.
goos luck

;)
 

Wildlife

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Thanks Steve...

I've posted this info, and hopefully he'll get his machine back up and running.
 
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