System Restore from Recovery Console

•December 21, 2007 • 22 Comments

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Sometimes we screwed up our machine so bad, that it could not boot into windows anymore, not even safe mode. So i looked around for ages and eventually found out how to do it in the recovery console. For anyone who is new to windows, the recovery console can be found by booting up your machine with the XP CD in the drive, and booting off of that CD. Then it will ask you if you want to go to the recovery console, and select that option. The recovery console is basically a MS DOS command prompt, with a little more functionality.

That being said, if you need to run System Restore to revert the system to an earlier version of the SYSTEM or SOFTWARE Registry hive, because of a corrupted Registry, it is possible to do this manually. This method is far from perfect and doesn’t take into account any of the other changes that System Restore might track (such as changed .DLLs or other system components), but it will allow you to recover copies of the Registry in the event of a failure—provided they’ve been saved with System Restore and are available. Follow the below steps

Step 1: Boot the Recovery Console from the Windows XP installation CD.

Step 2: When you’re at the Recovery Console command prompt, change into the root directory of the system drive with the cd command (i.e., cd \).

Step 3: Change into the System Volume Information directory by typing cd system~1 on most machines, or cd “System Volume Information.”

Step 4: The System Volume Information directory contains a folder name _restore followed by a GUID in curly braces. Change into it by typing cd _resto~1; if that doesn’t work you’ll have to type cd “_restore{GUID_STRING}”, with the full GUID string in place of GUID_STRING.

Step 5: In the _restore directory are a group of subdirectories starting with the letters RP and followed by a number. These are the different restore points available for that volume.

Step 6: Check the date on each directory and look for one that corresponds to a date before you began experiencing problems.

Step 7: Change into the appropriate directory. If the directory is named RP74, for instance, change into it by typing RP74.

Step 8: Inside that directory will be a subdirectory named snapshot; change into that directory as well (cd snapshot)

Step 9: The snapshot directory holds backup copies of the SOFTWARE and SYSTEM Registry hives, named _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE and _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM, respectively.

Step 10: The target directory for these files is \Windows\System32\Config, and the hives there are named SOFTWARE and SYSTEM. Rather than overwrite those files entirely, you can rename them to something else. Typing ren \windows\system32\config\software \windows\system32\config\software.bak and ren \windows\system32\config\system \windows\system32\config\system.bak will rename them to software.bak and system.bak, respectively.

Step 11: Copy in the backup hives: copy _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE \windows\system32\config\software and copy _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM \windows\system32\config\system.

Step 12: Type exit to leave the Recovery Console and restart the computer.

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Slipstream Method

•November 25, 2007 • 1 Comment

Hi Friends,

We are going to discuss about a very interesting method and it is named as Slipstream Method. Using this method if you have Windows xp Service pack 1 and a separate Service pack 2 cd then you can integrate both the cd and can form Windows XP Service Pack 2 cd.

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Step 1:

Copy Windows XP Service Pack 1 cd content to a folder in hdd (eg f:\xp)

Step 2:

Copy Service Pack 2 Cd content to a folder in hdd (eg f:\sp2)

Step 3:

Click Start -> Run

Step 4:

Type “cmd” without quotes and click open.

(it will open dos mode)

Step 5:

Now type following commands which is inside quotes (use the command without quotes) assuming C:\ to be the default prompt in the dos window.

C:\>”cd f:\sp2″

Step 6:

Now use the following command to integrate which is inside quotes (use the command without quotes)

F: \sp2> “xpsp2.exe /integrate:f:\xp”

Now the process of integration will start like in the below image.

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Step 7:

Now copy the content in the “F:\XP” folder and burn it as a bootable dis.

Well you have successfully created a Windows XP SP2 disc. Congrats..!!

Go to XP Recovery console without XP Disc

•November 13, 2007 • 1 Comment

This article is all about how to add Windows XP Recovery console as a choice on the Windows Startup menu.

Step 1:

Click Start, click Run, and then type CD-ROM drive letter:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons in the Open box, where CD-ROM drive letter is the drive letter assigned to your CD-ROM drive.

Step 2:

Click OK, follow the instructions on the screen to finish Setup, and then restart your computer.

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Deleting the Recovery Console

Step 1: Restart your computer. Double-click My Computer, and then double-click the hard disk on which you installed the Recovery Console.

Step 2: On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.

Step 3: Click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click OK.

Step 4: At the root folder, delete the Cmdcons folder and the Cmldr file.

Step 5: At the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties.

Step 6: Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.

Step 7: Warning Modifying the Boot.ini file incorrectly may prevent your computer from restarting. Be sure to delete only the entry for the Recovery Console. Also, it is recommended that you change the attribute for the Boot.ini file back to a read-only state after you complete this procedure. Open the Boot.ini file in Microsoft Windows Notepad, and remove the entry for the Recovery Console. It looks similar to this:

C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat=”Microsoft Windows Recovery Console” /cmdcons

Save the file and close it.

Disk Checker Runs at Startup

•October 21, 2007 • 1 Comment

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For some reason my computer began to start Disk Check every time I boot it up. If I do let the computer go through with the Disk Check it finds nothing wrong.

Many things can cause the disk checker to auto run. To stop it from running follow these instructions:

Step 1 : Go to Start>> Run: Type in: CMD and click OK

Step 2 : At the resulting prompt, type in: chkntfs /d [Enter]

Step 3 : Exit

Reinstall System Restore

•October 21, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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The problem I’m having is when trying to start System Restore a window pops up saying ‘System Restore has encountered a problem and needs to close’. Then when I go into System Properties & click on the System Restore tab I get a couple of different errors. One time it will say: ‘Run DLL as an App has encountered a problem and needs to close’, the other message says: An exception occurred while trying to run “C:\Windows\system32\shell32.dll” or “C:\WINDOWS\system32\sysdm.cpl”. This is in a box with RUNDLL in the title bar & it has a big red ball with a white ‘X’ in the screen.

In this case, we can try to reinstall System Restore, follow the below steps :

Step 1 : You will need to be able to view hidden files, so go to Start>> Control Panel>> Folder Options>> View tab. Under Advanced settings, place a checkmark in: “Show hidden files and folders”. Then uncheck: “Hide extensions for known file types”. Click Apply, then OK to exit.

Step 2 : Open Windows Explorer, then go to Windows>> inf folder. Open the inf folder and find a file named: sr.inf

Step 3 : Right click this file and select “Install” from the resulting menu.

Note: This procedure will delete all restore points from your old installation and recreate a fresh installation of System Restore.

Fix for \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM missing or corrupted

•October 21, 2007 • 104 Comments

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Hello everybody we often used to see the following error message when we turn on or system.

“Windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM or \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE”

But we have a easy fix for this. lets check the steps to be performed if we face that problem in our system.

Step 1 : Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD

Step 2 : At the first R=Repair option, press the R key

Step 3 : Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair. Typically this will be #1

Step 4 : Enter in the administrator password when requested

Step 5 : cd \windows\system32\config

Step 6 : Depending on which section was corrupted:
ren software software.bak or ren system system.bak

Step 7 : Depending on which section was corrupted
copy \windows\repair\system
copy \windows\repair\software

Step 8 : Take out the CD ROM and type exit

How to block Web Pages With out any Softwares

•October 21, 2007 • 6 Comments

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Hello Everybody lets check what are the steps to be performed to block a particular web page with out any software.

Step 1 : Browse C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
Step 2 : Find the file named “HOSTS”
Step 3 : Open it in notepad
Step 4 : Under “127.0.0.1 localhost” Add 127.0.0.2 http://www.sitenameyouwantblocked.com , and that site will no longer be accessable.
Step 5 : Done!

-So-

127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.0.2 http://www.blockedsite.com

http://www.blockedsite.com is now unaccessable
For every site, just add “1” to the last number in the internal ip (127.0.0.2) and then the add the site name.

 

Example :

127.0.0.3 http://www.yahoo.com
127.0.0.4 http://www.google.com
127.0.0.5 http://www.hotmail.com

These websites will be blocked.