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XP Recovery Instructions for UBCD4Win


alexander
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Preface:

 

Before you begin, please read the original tutorial and understand what it is i am explaining here, this is nowhere near as detailed as my other tutorial, its only meant to explain to you how to cut corners using UBCD4Win

 

 

READ THIS BEFORE STARTING:

http://hypography.com/forums/tutorials/17183-xp-recovery-the-long-way.html

 

Tutorial:

 

For this tutorial, you will need a UBCD4Win CD.

 

- Download the builder from UBCD for Windows

- Run the installer and extract the contents to C:/UBCD4Win

- Put in an XP installation CD, and copy the I386 folder to C:/I386 (which is not a bad idea to have, anyhow)

- Read the instructions on the website and run the builder.

- Personally, for dealing with harddrive etc issues, i have a separate build of UBCD, i take out all AV and spyware junk out of it, as well as a many programs as i can that dont pertain to hard drive, and all the extra bootable images, before building the CD.

 

When the Builder comletes you are left with a standard Iso, burn it to a cd, and you are ready to go.

 

To this point i was vague, because building UBCD is slighly different, all the time, and it does have a nasty tendency to not work when you need it to, remember you can always go back to the original write up, this will simply speed the process up :roll:

 

Boot into UBCD, their slick explorer-like interface is awesome for this kind of minute file manipulation and the entire restore process can be summed up thusly:

 

- Open up File Explorer

 

- Navigate to your system hard drive, you should see all of your files in there, handy, eh?

 

- Go into the "Windows" directory and create a new folder, the way you normally would in windows... call it tmp

 

- Now go into the System32/config

 

- You should see the following files:

system

sam

software

security

default

 

- Very simply, holding down control, click to select the files, right click on one of the selected files and go say Cut

 

- Navigate back to the tmp directory, right click on the empty space, and say Paste

 

Nearly 1/2 way there already

 

- Now lets go into tools, folder options, and enable ourselves the view of the hidden system files, etc.

 

- Go to you system drive, and navigate to the System Volume Information. Remember, you can now just give yourself enough permissions to view the folder, but i think here, you will at least be able to view the folder.

 

- Enable Details in the View drop down

 

- in System Volume Information, find the one folder, or folders starting with _restore{ followed by a bunch of numbers, that were not created that day, go inside, and find the restore point.

 

- Choose one, go into the Snapshot folder

 

- Now you can Control (Ctrl) select the following files:

_registry_user_.default

_registry_machine_security

_registry_machine_software

_registry_machine_system

_registry_machine_sam

 

- Right click and say Copy (not Cut)

 

- Navigate to Windows/system32/config folder, and paste the files inside

 

- Rename the files to their previous counterpart names:

_registry_user_.default - default

_registry_machine_security - security

_registry_machine_software - software

_registry_machine_system - system

_registry_machine_sam - sam

 

- Close explorer, hit the start button and reboot your machine

 

You have just done the same thing as i described in the previous tutorial, in 1/4 of the time.

 

Enjoy

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  • 8 months later...

Hi Alexander

Had go use (in understanding of recovery) using your article which I believe closely quote the Microsoft article KB307545. But one typo has sneaked into your 'Short Version', and that close to the last step:

-"Navigate to Windows/system32/control folder..."

where you should have noted:

-"Navigate to Windows/system32/config folder..."

 

Anyway, I had to refresh my UBCD4WIN boot DVD since my last was built on WinXP SP2, so I started grabbing my official WinXP SP2 source and followed the build-instructions and SlipStreamed Win-XP SP3 onto the HDD copy of my WinXP SP2 build.

See UBCD for Windows.

Configuring the becoming UBCD Boot image, I found what seemed to be a useful tool (to me and perhaps to a lot of others): Registry Restore Wizard, within the FileTools !

Once my boot DVD was built to save my other laptop with the registry problem (SYSTEM registry), and I fired it up with UBCD boot, I started the Registry Restore Wizard.

Amazingly easy to use, I could simply select which Restore Point to goback to, and just press 'OK'. A few copy and renames were done by the Wizard, and it was finished.

Ejected my boot DVD for another reboot using my HDD C:WINDOWS partition, I found that it was starting without any problems :eek2:

So now I would recommend everyone with this cumbersome registry problem(s) to this wonderful easy recovery method.

Thanks for pointing me to this UBCD4WIN via your article :)

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Thanks for pointing out the typo.

 

The original ideas were derived from a few places actually, i recall seeing a microsoft article, then reading some other article on the net, and putting a few thoughts together to come up with a solution to the problem at hand, then it was a matter of actually typing up a howto, just so i dont forget how i did it, so yeah, definitely there are references that probably didnt get listed, but there were around 4-5 of them and i drew bits and pieces of ideas from all...

 

And i think back when i wrote these articles there might not have been a registry restore wizard, or maybe there was, but its still a lot more fun to know how to do it :eek2:

 

You are welcome, UBCD4WIN has saved my butt a few times. Hopefully i wont have much need for it in my new job :) (i really dont like windows)

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