Re: An Excellent XP Recovery Guide

From: Hemlock tree (
Date: 02/15/04

Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 15:42:42 -0500

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On Sun, 15 Feb 2004 14:55:29 -0500, "Paul Moat" <>

>spam??...what the heck are you talking about? Here's the text from the site
>spamboy. I hope people who need help disregard your uninformed opinions.
>PC users, you all know what it is: That dreaded Blue Screen of Death. That's
>right, the BSOD. You've installed a seemingly innocent application,
>restarted your computer, and suddenly you see this horror in front of your
>eyes: A big blue screen with some cryptic message on it. Try restarting
>again, same thing. You're dead. What will you do? What WILL you do?? Well,
>don't let it ruin your day. Remain calm. If you're using Windows XP, I can
>help you fix it. Come with me, down into the bowels of Windows XP, where
>only the high priests go. It'll be fun!
>I'm going to show you how to bring your computer back to life, and restore
>it to the point where things went south. You might want to print this
>article and squirrel it away for that fateful day when this happens to you.
>Or if you don't want to print it (and who prints anything these days,
>anyway?), and you get a big ugly blue screen, just get on another computer
>somewhere and come back to this Web page for comfort and advice. I can get
>you out of this mess. I know, because I was in the same mess and I got
>myself out of it.
>Here's what to do: First, get the Windows XP CD you used to install your
>operating system. By the way, this routine only works with Windows XP,
>either Professional or XP Home Edition. If you don't have a bootable XP CD,
>get one and have it with you at all times, because you never know when the
>dreaded BSOD might strike.
>But before you do anything with that CD, try restarting your computer again.
>Sometimes, for some odd reason, this works. Usually not, though. If you've
>tried that and everything else you can think of, and you can't even boot
>into Safe Mode, this is the mission for you.
>Put the XP CD in the drive, and restart. When it says "press any key to boot
>from CD," go ahead, press any key and you're on your way to recovery. The
>Recovery Console, that is. If it doesn't give you a choice to boot from your
>CD drive, go into your computer's BIOS and make the adjustment for it to
>boot from CD. PCs brands and motherboards are too diverse for me to give you
>specifics on this, so follow the prompts and you can make that CD boot
>happen without too much trouble. Look at your screen when it boots up, and
>it always says "hit DEL for BIOS settings" or something similar. If you
>can't get it to boot from CD, just give up and call for support or take your
>computer to the nearest computer store for professional help.
>OK, troops, are you still with me? Good. It'll look like you're
>re-installing Windows XP, but don't worry, you're not. This is just a screen
>showing you that your computer is loading enough files from the CD to
>actually do something, anything but that awful blue screen. Now when you see
>the screen that asks you if you want to install Windows, don't! Just hit R
>for recover, and you'll see the ominous Recovery Console. Don't let that
>intimidate you; the Recovery Console is your ugly, black-suited friend. It
>will have a dark, bleak screen, with the following stuff:
>Microsoft Windows(R) Recovery Console
>The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality.
>Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.
>Which Windows Installation would you like to log onto
>(To cancel, press ENTER)?
>Go ahead and hit the number 1 on your keyboard, or whichever number
>corresponds to the operating system you were using when havoc struck. Enter
>your administrator password, and then hit enter. You're in! Now it's time to
>run with the big dogs! Do not be afraid, dear reader, I am here to help you.
>If you type the following commands into your computer, it will work magic,
>akin to going back in time. There are three parts to this process, but
>believe me, they take much less time than reinstalling Windows XP and all
>your applications. So follow along with me, and keep in mind that each
>command must be typed exactly as you see it here. Please note that this
>procedure assumes that Windows XP is installed to the C:\Windows folder.
>Make sure to change C:\Windows to the appropriate windows folder if it's at
>a different location. The copy commands will answer you with a little "file
>copied" message. The delete commands just move on to the next line. Because
>of the way your Web browser displays individual lines, a command might look
>to you like it's two lines, so I've separated each command by an empty line.
>But anyway, type the whole command in one line, and when you've finished
>typing that command, hit the Enter key. Be sure to include the spaces I've
>included between each word here:
>md tmp
>copy C:\windows\system32\config\system C:\windows\tmp\system.bak
>copy C:\windows\system32\config\software C:\windows\tmp\software.bak
>copy C:\windows\system32\config\sam C:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
>copy C:\windows\system32\config\security C:\windows\tmp\security.bak
>copy C:\windows\system32\config\default C:\windows\tmp\default.bak
>delete C:\windows\system32\config\system
>delete C:\windows\system32\config\software
>delete C:\windows\system32\config\Sam
>delete C:\windows\system32\config\security
>delete C:\windows\system32\config\default
>copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system
>copy C:\windows\repair\software C:\windows\system32\config\software
>copy C:\windows\repair\sam C:\windows\system32\config\sam
>copy C:\windows\repair\security C:\windows\system32\config\security
>copy C:\windows\repair\default C:\windows\system32\config\default
>Now you can relax for a minute. You've made it through the first part! Way
>to go! Now what did you just do? I'll tell you. You first made a temporary
>directory called "tmp" (md tmp), and then into it, you copied all the files
>that boot up Windows. Then you deleted all those startup files, one of which
>is the stinker that got you into this mess in the first place. After that,
>you copied into that same place fresh startup files from a special repair
>directory. When you reboot, Windows will look for those files where it
>always does, and there won't be a stinker in the bunch. The only thing is,
>there won't be all your settings for all those applications you run every
>day, either. But not to worry. Right now, you're sitting in something like a
>lifeboat -- it's not the original ship, but it'll get you back to where you
>need to go. We'll get everything back to that comfortable place, but only
>after we go through steps 2 and 3.
>Now type Exit and watch your computer restart into Windows XP again. Be sure
>not to tell it to boot from the CD this time. But wait. That's not the way
>you had XP set up before this disaster struck! That's OK. We're in a
>lifeboat right now -- this isn't your comfy cruise ship, not just yet. Hang
>in there. I'm going to show you how to restore your system to the way it was
>the moment before you told it to install that errant application, or
>whatever it was you did, so follow along and we'll go to part 2.
>Part 2
>Here's where you'll copy the saved registry files from their backed up
>location by using System Restore. This folder is not available in Recovery
>Console and is normally not visible -- Microsoft is protecting you from
>yourself by hiding it from you and locking it away from you. But we have the
>keys. Before you start this procedure, you'll need to change several
>settings to make that folder visible:
>1. Start Windows Explorer.
>2. On the Tools menu, click Folder options.
>3. Click the View tab.
>4. Under Hidden files and folders, click to select Show hidden files and
>folders, and then click to clear the "Hide protected operating system files
>(Recommended)" check box.
>5. Click Yes when the dialog box is displayed that confirms that you want to
>display these files.
>6. Double-click the drive where you installed Windows XP to get a list of
>the folders. It's important to click the correct drive.
>7. Open the System Volume Information folder. This folder appears dimmed
>because it is set as a super-hidden folder. If you're using the FAT32 file
>system, this will be easy. If you're using NTFS, it won't let you open the
>folder, but here's how to get around that: Right-click on that system volume
>information folder and select Sharing and Security. Then click the Security
>tab. (No security tab? Skip two paragraphs.) Click Add, and then in the box
>that's labeled "Enter the object names to select," type the name of the user
>that's at the top of the Start menu -- that's probably you. [Damn it, why do
>they say object names when it's people's names? I guess that's Microsoft for
>Anyway, make sure you type the name the way it's listed there on the Start
>Menu. I made the mistake of typing my first name only and it wouldn't let me
>in. Type first and last name if that's how it's written on the top of the
>Start menu. After you've typed that in, click OK a couple of times and
>finally that monster will let you in.
>But what if you don't see a Security tab? Try this: Click to select the
>checkboxes in the "Network sharing and security" area -- one is labeled
>"Share this folder on the network" and the other is labeled "Allow network
>users to change my files." Change the share name to something short, like
>sysinfo. Then it'll let you in. After you're done with this entire rescue
>operation, you might want to go back and change these back to the way they
>were before, for maximum security.
>OK. Now here you are, in the inner sanctum where only the high priests go.
>Be not afraid, all ye who enter here. As Microsoft so eloquently puts it:
>NOTE : This folder contains one or more _restore {GUID} folders such as
>8. Open a folder that was not created at the current time. You may have to
>click Details on the View menu to see when these folders were created. There
>may be one or more folders starting with "RP x under this folder. These are
>restore points.
>9. Open one of these folders to locate a Snapshot subfolder; the following
>path is an example of a folder path to the Snapshot folder:
>C:\System Volume
>>From the Snapshot folder, copy the following files to the C:\Windows\Tmp
>folder (you can use your mouse, you're in Windows now, remember?):
>This is how Microsoft explains this: "These files are the backed up registry
>files from System Restore. Because you used the registry file created by
>Setup, this registry does not know that these restore points exist and are
>available. A new folder is created with a new GUID under System Volume
>Information and a restore point is created that includes a copy of the
>registry files that were copied during part one. This is why it is important
>not to use the most current folder, especially if the time stamp on the
>folder is the same as the current time."
>Anyway, you're still not done. Don't worry, the magic is about to begin.
>Believe me, if you do this in front of your friends, they'll start thinking
>you're some kind of god. So, heavenly father, get ready to dazzle 'em.
>Now it's time to place those files you just made visible to the Recovery
>Console where they belong. And to do that, we need to get back into the
>Recovery Console. So, make sure your CD is in the drive, and restart
>Windows, this time hitting any key when it tells you to do that if you want
>to boot from CD. Yes, you want to boot from CD, so you can launch your old
>cryptic pal, the Recovery Console. Type R after it goes through that
>file-reading routine that looks like an install but isn't. Then you're back
>into our dark-suited friend with its ominous command line. It's kinda like
>going into the basement to fix some broken pipe or something. But we're not
>scared. The command line is our flashlight and friend. Here we go:
>Part 3
>In part three, you delete the existing registry files, and then copy the
>System Restore Registry files to the C:\Windows\System32\Config folder:
>>From within Recovery Console, type the following commands:
>Del c:\windows\system32\config\sam
>Del c:\windows\system32\config\security
>Del c:\windows\system32\config\software
>Del c:\windows\system32\config\default
>Del c:\windows\system32\config\system
>copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_software
>copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_system
>copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
>copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_security
>copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_user_.default
>Now. You're done! Type exit and your computer will reboot into whichever
>restore file you chose. But wait. If it's not the right one, that's OK, you
>can now go into your System Restore area and pick a different restore point
>if you want. There's a whole calendar full of them in there. I bet you
>didn't know that Windows XP is watching just about every move you make,
>taking notes all the while. It can restore about any state you had on that
>machine. And the best part is, even when it's doing all that, it's still 10%
>faster than Windows 2000 according to our extensive tests here at the
>Midwest Test Facility. Here's how to get into that restore area if you're
>not happy with the current restore point:
>1. Click Start, then click All Programs.
>2. Click Accessories, and then click System Tools.
>3. Click System Restore, and then click Restore to a previous Restore Point.
>"Hemlock tree" <> wrote in message
>> Its an ad
>> No real help.
>> Hemlock
>> On Sat, 14 Feb 2004 11:26:32 -0500, "Paul Moat" <>
>> wrote:
>> >My XP had crashed a few times. Most crashes were similar to those being
>> >asked about in this newsgroup. I found this site and followed the
>> >and was ALWAYS able to recover my installation with no loss of data.
>> >are four pages of instructions and it requires a lot of typing but seems
>> >clear up just about any problem that is caused by a software glitch.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >Let me know what you think...
>> >