Vista won't start, I have a corrupt registry

VISTA wont start. my registry file is corrupt. Can i replace the registry file with a new one from the vista installation DVD using the command prompt. If yes then how?
 

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Last updated October 15, 2018 Views 2,150 Applies to:

Hi h3nn,

Which recovery options did you try in particular?

Can you give us any specific error messages or details on where and how it failed?

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the repair option didnt work. still gives me the business.

h3nn

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i have the vista install dvd. i wanted to try and repair with out complete system restore. but will just copy files with ubuntu and then restore. thanx for the replys fellas.

h3nn

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Hi,

You can not do a Repair Installl by booting from a Vista DVD.

That was the way in XP.

In Vista you have to have a running Vista Operating System to do a Repair Install.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88236-repair-install-vista.html

It is a pity that Microsoft changed the XP way of doing a Repair Install.

But the idea came from the fact that reports maintained that a Repair Install in XP only avoided the inevitable: A Clean Install; as problems would continue after a Repair Install.

I never held that idea as I performed a lot of Repair Installs on others Computers over the years with good long term results..

 

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This is the "work" that you can now only do in Vista at Boot with a DVD: Startup Repair, System Restore, Command Prompt, etc, but NOT a Repair Install;

 

Manufacturers Recovery Disks do not normally have Repair Options; thay are normally a reinstall to Factory Settings option only.

 

Here is the guide to using the Repair Options while using a Microsoft Vista DVD.

If a friend or work acquantance of yours has one, you may borrow and use it for Repairs.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/

Table of Contents

  1. Overview of the Windows Vista Repair options
  2. How to perform an automatic repair of Windows Vista using Startup Repair
  3. Advanced Tools overview
  4. Conclusion

 

If you do not have or can not borrow a Microsoft DVD there is a download of a Vista Startup Repair ISO file available which you can make into a Bootable disk to do the above Startup Repair and that method is recommended by a lot of posters in these Forums.

Unfortunately, you have to buy it.

Here is a link to it:

http://neosmart.net/blog/2011/windows-recovery-discs-updated-reinstated/

 

Cheers.

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Bill Smithers - Microsoft MVP July 2013 - June 2019

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No you cannot just copy a registry file over.  You can do a repair install from the vista DVD.  You just need to boot from the dvd.  If it is not a vista dvd but restore dvd it probably wont work.


Cat herder
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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