System Restore Via Recovery Console
Ever encountered a problem with your computer wherein it gives you an error page saying that a certain file in the registry is missing or corrupt? Unfortunately, with this kind of error, there are times that you are not able to boot into the OS, and therefor you are not able to do a system restore.
If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, you may initiate System Restore via booting into "Repair My Computer" which you can choose via the Advanced Boot Options of Windows. However, what do you do if this does not work, or you are using Windows XP.
Fortunately, there is still a way to be able to restore your system. This involves manually doing the system restore via the recovery console (for XP), and recovery environment (Vista and 7). The only thing that you will need is the OS CD.
Once you have successfully booted into the Recovery Console, type in the commands below and make sure that you press "ENTER" after each line.
C:\WINDOWS] cd \
C:\] attrib -h-s "system volume information"
C:\] Cd "system volume information"
C:\system volume information] cd _resto~1
..._resto~1] dir --- this should list several rp folders [short for restore points] just select second to the last or any of your choice other the the last rp folder
..._resto~1] cd rp#
...rp#] cd snapshot
...snapshot] dir --- the 5 hive files are shown in this format:
Syntax [Command filename location]
...snapshot] copy _registry_machine_software c:\windows\system32\config\software
...snapshot] copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system
...snapshot] copy _registry_machine_security c:\windows\system32\config\security
...snapshot] copy _registry_machine_sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
...snapshot] copy _registry_user_.default c:\windows\system32\config\default
After this, you just need to restart your computer and it should be working fine.
on Jul 25, 2011 | PC Desktops