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Windows not booting - registry changed now HDDs not recognised

Question: Windows not booting - registry changed now HDDs not recognised

Hi All,

I made some hasty changes to my windows registry while trying to uninstall some programs - i searched for all occurances of mysql and started deleting keys i thought were related to the installation. Then I ran CCleaner on the registry removing all suggested items. Then when i tried resarting my PC, windows wouldn't boot. The machine restarts abruptly just before the windows loading screen would usually come up. My configuration consists of:
RAID 0 configured: 2x WD 160GB 7200RPM 8MB SATA 150 RAID HDD
Hard Drives have 2 partitions; 40GB (System drive) and approx 165GB (I think, cant remember)
Windows XP Pro SP2

Things I've tried and results:Can't boot in safe mode, safe mode using command prompt, or last good configuration - All result in the same restarting behaviour
Entering Windows Recovery Console, it doesn't detect any windows installations and from that prompt, the hard drives aren't present (as found by using MAP command) - CD Drives, floppy and external USB drive are found though
Via ubuntu and knoppix boot disks i can see the drives using fsck -l (In an attempt to copy the files to an external hard drive through linux) but can't mount them -
Code:
mount: unknown filesystem type 'nvidia_raid_member'
Exact fsck output was: (/dev/sdc: 400.0GB is my ext HDD)

Code:
Warning: ignoring extra data in partition table 5
Warning: ignoring extra data in partition table 5
Warning: ignoring extra data in partition table 5
Warning: invalid flag 0x587c of partition table 5 will be corrected by w(rite)

Disk /dev/sda: 164.6GB, 164696555520 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 29923 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 5099 40957686 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 5100 40045 280703745 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 ? 264324 264300 2147296183 1b Hidden W95 FAT32

Disk /dev/sda: 164.6GB, 164696555520 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 29923 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Disk /dev/sdb doesn't contain a valid partition table

Disk /dev/sdc: 400.0GB, 400088457216 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 48641 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 * 1 48641 390708801 7 HPFS/NTFS

Using dev-mapper and dmraid - ls /dev/mapper shows only an entry labelled control - my drives aren't appearing there as they should.
Using sudo dmraid -an two entries come up:

Code:
RAID set "nvidia_cdjjceeb" is not active
RAID set "nvidia_cdjjceeb" is not active
(cdjjceeb wasn't the exact string of characters, the PC isn't in front of me atm and i cant rememember exactly)

Does anyone have any advice about fixing this or know what the problem may be? looks to me like i deleted something in the registry that allowed windows to work with my drives, and im too inexperienced with linux to extract the files.

Any help or advice would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: Windows not booting - registry changed now HDDs not recognised

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Answer: Windows not booting - registry changed now HDDs not recognised

Well, me I'd install XP on a cheap drive and boot to it, with the old drive installed as slave and get the critical data off first.

Then, boot up the XP disk, and run a Repair Install on the original HD. I've done the exact same thing, back before I learned to respect the registry, and I wouldn't even try to bring back an install that has the registry so pooched that it won't boot to Safe Mode.

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I've just rebuilt a PC since the mobo failed (and it is working fine) and had many spare parts and have also built a second higher spec PC. However, I can't get the computer to recognise my HDDs. They cannot be detected in bios and I don't know the 'number of sectors' etc to fill in the data manually. The master drive already has XP pro installed on it and works fine on another computer I tested it in. I don't want to reformat as it has taken a very long time to get everything set up on it perfectly.Is there any way to get the bios to recognise this drive? The new PC I am trying to use it with is much higher spec than the original system it was in.(Original = crappy 'Time' 266 Mhz FSB mobo with onboard graphics, AMD Athlon 2000 XP etcNew = decent Asus mobo 333Mhz FSB, AGP 8X 128Mb graphics card, Athlon 2500 XP etc.)I absolutely refuse to reformat the HDD, so I need some other way to do this. Hope I'm not just missing something really obvious. Will go and fiddle with cables now (although they are all new)!

Answer:HDDs not recognised at all?!?!

1) Have you tried another HDD? Maybe the Mobo is duff?2) Have you tried a different cable?What does the BIOS report?

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I am upgrading a friend's PC and have problems with intermittent recogition of the 2 HDDs at bootup.ABIT IC7-G Max II motherboard Intel P4 2.6 CPU2x120GB Samsung IDE drives.(PATA)On booting, some of the time the HDDs are recognised and sometimes not. Sometimes only the master drive shows.I have gone into the BIOS and checked everything that relates to the drives.By removing the IDE connectors and refitting them I am able to force the system to boot normally with both drives recognised.The Samsung drives are a year old and the PC is running WinXP SP2.Once booted the system is fine. I am considering resetting the CMOS and replacing the battery, just in case that may have a positive effect.Any ideas or suggestions much appreciated.

Answer:HDDs Intermittently Recognised.

The battery is highly unlikely to be the problem - I've never had to replace one in 10 years of owning a home system that has been upgraded as and when necessary.The connections seem to be the most likely cause. Have you tried replacing the current cables, perhaps with the round type which will also improve air flow through the case?

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Having built a new Win7x64 computer with 1x SSD and 2x Seagate HDDs I then moved 3 nearly identical WD drives from my old Win XP machine to the new one. However although they all show up in device manager and system information only one appears in Disk Management & Windows Explorer.

The drives moved are 500GB Western Digital WD5000AKS full of data. It doesn't matter whether I mount the invisible drives internally or externally (I have a Coolermaster CM690 II Advanced which has an external SATA port on the top).

I've put the invisible drive back in the old XP machine to check it and it still works fine. (It was still powered from the new Win7 m/c as I simply rerouted the SATA cable so I know it is receiving enough power.)

Any ideas why one will show and not the others?

Answer:3 HDDs moved from XP, only one recognised in Win7

It might be do to your mobo limitations. Have you checked out your mobo manual for specifics on how many HDDs you can have connected and in what mode.

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Hi,
I had this problem for quite some time, USB HDDs were not recognised properly but usually after poking and disconnecting, it was OK.
Recently, no HDD is recognised (in Windows Explorer it says "Local Disc" but when you dounble click on it, I get "Disc is corrupted or unreadable".
I read somewhere that this is a problem with USB drivers, but I don't know how to check this or update the drivers.
thanks in advance for advice. 

Answer:HDDs not recognised by USBs on my laptop Inspiron 7437 (2013)

Hi FLXP,
Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
Please update the BIOS and chipset drivers.
Please private message us the service tag of the system along with your email id
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Had some issues with my PC with user profile, so restored a 3 day old acronis true image backup.

now none of my external HDDs are recognised, by Windows or Aome hdd manager either.

USB pens are ok.

hope there is a simple solution, desperately need to get this working

thanks

Answer:No external HDDs recognised since restoring acronis true image backup

Reinstall the chipset drivers from motherboard's manufacturer site (or directly from Intel/AMD if you know which chipset you have). Restart your computer and your drives should be detected again. In my old test motherboard the Intel-specific USB drivers fail to detect any device I connect. I had to manually replace them with the standard USB drivers in Device Manager. Click search and type device, then click to Open Device Manager. Expand the USB devices and then right-click on each Intel-specific controller and select Update driver. Select the last option a couple of times until you see a list with devices. Select the standard device from the list and proceed to install it. Repeat it for the remaining Intel-specific devices. Then delete the USB root hub devices (your mouse and keyboard will stop working if they are USB, I had PS/2) and restart your computer. The USB root hub devices will be installed again but now your hard disks will be detected normally.

PS: If you have USB keyboard/mouse delete the devices. When stop working, unplug and re-plug your mouse to enable it again.

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Answer:E-Sata drive not recognised by Windows 7 after booting

Turn off all Legacy IDE and USB settings in the bios
 

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This weekend I am going to install a second HDD.Both disks will be set to 'Cable select' and both disks are the same size (60GB).I intend to install XP on the second disk - the original is starting to cause problems.Is it possible to make both disks bootable and to choose which to use on startup?Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Booting from 2 HDDs?

Maybe, but better to install the second as a slave and then install XP and allow it to set up its own boot sector on the first hdd and it will give you the option of which OS to use when you start up.

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Question: HDDs' Not Booting

Samsung 80 GB SATA. One NTFS Partition.
Was working fine till I turned the PC off last night.
Today as a secondary drive CHKDSK showing, 1-34% is fine, 34-70% File record segment Unreadable. Deleting Orphan file record segment. Renaming orphan file.

Then it shows up in my computer of XP for a second and then the drive gets unseen. I got lots of my ripped favorite songs, vids, important documents, thesis, articles on that HDD. What Can I do? the drive is making slight sound which cant be heard from 2 feet away. Please Give me ideas to recover or to get the HDD back to operation !!!!
 

Answer:HDDs' Not Booting

Sounds like your drive has just died, or at least is on its last legs.

Have you tried using the /r and /f switches?
 

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Hello,

A couple of months back I got a new HDD. It cloned my old drive (boot drive with Win 7) to my new HDD, booted into Windows and reactivated it. I have since left the old HDD in the PC, but never plugged it back in. Now I want to reformat my old HDD into a data drive (which still has my Win 7 install, from 8 months back).

I figured I would simply plug it in, put it last in the BIOS boot priority, boot into Win 7 with my current HDD and then format the old drive from within Win 7. However, some people seem to indicate that this might cause issues and the wrong drive (the old one) may get booted into regardless of the BIOS settings which can cause issues with my other drive. So they suggested booting into my current drive and then hot plugging in the old drive, and then do the format.

Is such a problem actually common? Or am I rather safe with just connecting both up front and relying on the BIOS to get it right?

Answer:Booting with two HDDs, both have Win 7 installed

If you had the old drive unplugged during install then the System Active flags should be on the new WIn7 or its boot partition signifying it is booting itself.

Therefore all you need to do is plug back in the old drive, after removing everything you want, wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command to get it ready to repartition in Disk Mgmt.

Just make sure the new HD remains set first to boot in BIOS setup.

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Hello,

A couple of months back I got a new HDD. It cloned my old drive (boot drive with Win 7) to my new HDD, booted into Windows and reactivated it. I have since left the old HDD in the PC, but never plugged it back in. Now I want to reformat my old HDD into a data drive (which still has my Win 7 install, from 8 months back).

I figured I would simply plug it in, put it last in the BIOS boot priority, boot into Win 7 with my current HDD and then format the old drive from within Win 7. However, some people seem to indicate that this might cause issues and the wrong drive (the old one) may get booted into regardless of the BIOS settings which can cause issues with my other drive. So they suggested booting into my current drive and then hot plugging in the old drive, and then do the format.

Is such a problem actually common? Or am I rather safe with just connecting both up front and relying on the BIOS to get it right? Motherboard is an MSI Z87-G43 if it matters.
 

Answer:Booting with two HDDs, both have Win 7 installed

Idk what "people" are talking about. Your method sounds fine to me. If you want to be real sure plug in only the old HDD, boot to a CD or thumb drive like "Ultimate Boot CD" and then format the old drive first.
 

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can one have 2 different Operating Systems installed and running on 2 different HDDs (In my case it is win2k serer and fedora core 3) . If possible how would my grub loader look like ?
 

Answer:Dual booting from 2 HDDs

Easiest would be just clean install 2k server and Fedora afterwards - the FC installer should do the right thing.

We could give more detailed help if you told use exactly what you have and what you want to do.
 

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hi there
well my problem is a little tricky but i will try to describe it as best as i can..

i just got my new VGA card installed (ATI HD 4890 TOXIC) and its a pretty big card so it covered all my s-ata sockets on the mother board and i had only 1 sata socket left and available for use..

i wanted to hock up 2 Sata drivers and a CD room so i needed extra sata sockets so i went a head and bought an On-board IDE/sata convertor which converts my IDE socket into 2 sata sockets..

i had Vista 64 installed but i had some trouble with online gaming on it so i tried to dual boot xp with it on the other Sata driver but i had many problems with my boot setting and i lost my xp system!

so here's the question...how can i connect the 2 Sata HD drivers so that i can install each operating system separately on each one and then dual them together..does this convert affects the slave/master settings as it was originally IDE socket?


mainly..-if u lost me on the explanation and u guys will probably will as it's complicated -..i want to dual boot vista64/ xp64 with vista 64 already on one hard drive and the other is still blank (just partitioned) with the 2 already mentioned hard drives and the sockets that i have available..


thnx

P.S: i didn't know which section to post this but i went a head and put it here so move me if i am wrong
 

Answer:Dual booting with a tricky 2 HDDs

That device you bought, 2 sata from 1 IDE connector ? Never heard of it. I think you are on your own on that one - sorry.

When installing XP and Vista, they should be installed in the order XP first, then Vista. you need to take the advanced install option with Vista, or it will simply over-write XP. Also XP and Vista have completely different boot methodologies, and Vista, unless you alert the Vista install to the need to dual boot, completely destoys the original XP one (which is why you 'lost' it - it is still there but inaccessible from boot). You can find out about this dual-boot problem of xp versus Vista easily enough.

You could have one Sata on the proper channel, and the other Sata on the ide-extended-to-Sata, but that would probably require a bios change of boot channel every time you wished to boot to the other channel (at any rate my PC is like that - when I had Win7 on a second IDE channel I could not readily dual boot with other OS's on the SATA channel).

As to what should happen if you keep both SATA's on one IDE channel is a matter of what on earth your bios makes of it. Have a look and let us know.

Dual boot generally expects to simply start one of several Partitions on one drive, not single partitions on several drives, and you may do better to work on that assumption. I.e. make sure you know which of your two Sata drives comes first, then sub-divide it into to separate partitions and install XP first on one, then Vista on ... Read more

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somehow, i accidently stumbled into a method of dual-booting 2 OpSystems (WinXP/WinME specifically). I have WinXP on one HDD, set as active on the Primary Master ide controller. I also have WinME on another HDD set as active on the Secondary Master ide controller.

i can choose which OS to bootup at whim, simply by going into BIOS\Boot Tab\hit enter on HardDrive and then choose which HDD to boot. Then i exit that tab, exit BIOS "Save\Yes". Either HDD will boot.

its simple, it works well. its differant from the orthodox way of setting up a dual-boot. Booting NTFS WinXP, files on the WinME FAT HDD are read by XP. But not the other way.

the advantage of this method is that while the ability to dual-boot is there, the necessity of merging/combining the 2 systems together in a typical orthodox manner is not needed i.e. the Boot.INIs are not reflective of a dual-boot. Also, there is no need to "undo" the dual-boot if it is no longer required.....as is needed with the orthodox way. This way, just simply physically remove the HDD from the SecondaryMaster. The PrimaryMaster HDD will boot.
just wondering....how common is this method of dual-booting ?

 

Answer:Dual-booting 2 WinXP/ME HDDs

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Hi there,

Customer changed environmental variables value by clicking on my computer, properties, advanced, environmental variables, edit (user variables), and changed Variable value to the word "windows".
Now windows gives us a blue screen and does not load from any other mode, not even from safe mode.
I tried to boot from CD in order to perform a recovery but it gives me a blue screen (pci.sys error).
I can read the hard drive on another PC, no problems.
I was wondering how to change the environmental variables back to what it was.

Thanks in advance
 

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Just what the title says, how do I set up dual booting between Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Windows XP MCE 32 bit, with both OSes already installed on two separate HDDs. It has been suggested that I use EasyBCD to add the XP MCE entries to the Windows 7 boot menu. It has also been suggested that when I want to boot into the XP MCE drive, that I change the boot order in the BIOS.

Would this still screw up the MBR for Windows 7?

Answer:Dual Booting Win7 HP 64 Bit and XP MCE - Two HDDs, Both OS Installed

Yes you can and no it won`t.

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Hello I am new to this. I have a problem with my cpu. I guess that is quite obvious: windows xp crashes at least 3 times a week unexpectedly. I have done virus scans and have discovered the existence of trojan horse PSW generic5.... other virus scanners have indicated that certain registry key changes were made without my consent. I would appreciate any help on this matter. My thanks to you all in advance!
-arbot
 

Answer:Windows XP crashes, trojan virus PSWgeneric5, registry keys changed?

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Is it possible to add a hard drive with XP installed on it to a computer hard drive with Vista installed on it (assuming there is room and that I know how to), and still access the drive that I'm not using at the time?For example, if I booted to the XP drive, could I still access files on the Vista drive?Would I have to change any settings in Vista?Thanks for any help, sorry if this is in the wrong section.

Answer:Dual Booting XP and Vista File Access W/ Separate HDDs?

As long as you can find drivers for both operating systems for your computer you can.

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HiHistory - Windows XP Pro machine was working AOK, left for some minutes, but on return was on a boot-up screen.When the machine now powers on, goes into a boot menu, but ALL options will not allow XP to boot (ie Safe mode, +network support, last known good boot-up, normal etc).Safe mode attempts to bootup, loading of various drivers appear on the screen, but then reboots - no reasons given.If the option NORMAL is selected then Windows XP logo appears but after a minute it will reboot. HOWEVER a "blue screen of death" appears for a split second and the few words that we think appear are Registry, Memory, Corrupted, Administrator....actually several line of text are displayed.We have tried the Windows Recovery console via boot up disks, but to no avail....ie fixboot, chkdsk /rAny ideas anyone - thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows XP not Booting - Corrupted Registry?

Have you got important data on the disk? If not then my suggeston would be to try a format and reinstall.If you have then get another disk and install XP to that and set-up the old one as a slave to try to recover the data.

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Answer:Edit Registry without booting windows

Hello gerbilplane, welcome to Vista Forums!





What is it you're trying to accomplish exactly, be specific?

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Hi,

I've got a problem with my Windows 7 installation in that - it wont boot! Either in normal or safe mode!

I've tracked the problem down to a driver - CTMMount.sys which was installed by a recent installation of Comodo Time Machine - which has since been uninstalled but doesnt look like the uninstallation has worked correctly.

Therefore I could do with editing the registry/startup procedure so that this file doesnt attempt to load and then I can get back into Windows 7 - has anyone any idea how I can do this?

Thanks

Ewan

Answer:Need to edit registry on non-booting Windows 7 installation

Why don't you just try a startup repair? It's probably a bit safer.
Startup Repair[2]=Performance Maintenance

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I have two computers wired together, one is my workstation and the other is a dedicated render node. Both have the same user name and password and the network connection between the two was working fine until I changed the computer name of the render node. Now when ever I click on the render node from the network list on my workstation I'm asked for a user name and password, I enter the user name and password for the render node but it is no longer recognised. I can still access the workstation from the render node network list. Any ideas anyone?

Answer:Changed Computer name and the Network Password is no longer recognised

Hello gaffer61.. the network group names need to be the same.. change the one back to match the other . see what happens.

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Trying to e-mail a group of people using a Group list that I've used for several years I've got a message
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I've only got a blueyonder address and for mail this is set to POP3 and any available connection.
Who is the e-mail client -if it's me where do I find the option to turn it on?

Answer:OE Group contacts lists not recognised - been changed to MAPI

Does this help? http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie8-windows_xp/adress-book-could-not-locate-e-mail-client/02832c9a-261e-4d2e-814f-61b6a4fc99da?msgId=5d646a1a-9f9e-4c24-98d3-f568afde37df

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hi, my work mate has just told me that he accidentaly pulled the plug on his pc when it was on and now when he starts it up it wont get to the vista log in stage! He says he has tried using the vista disk to repair it but it doesnt get to the repair stage! He has taken the hd out and put it in a caddy connected to a laptop but it isn't recognised whereas it always used to be! Any ideas please? The hd is spinning, by the way!

Answer:Pc not booting+Hd not recognised in caddy?

it wouldn't have anything to do with the master/slave settings would it?

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My nice new SDD arrived, I installed it into the PC and disconnected the other SATA drives bar the DVD, spun up my W10 DVD and fairly quickly had a new activated install of W10.

Great!

So I plugged in the old SDD (it has the old C: on it) and the HDDs and it booted off the old SDD.

Unplugged the old SDD, plugged in the new one plus the HDDs, it wouldn't boot.

Went back to just the new SDD installed, boots fine, hot-plugged the HDDs and it wouldn't see them.

Argh! So right now I'm back where I was with the old SDD and the two HDDs which are mirrored.

Answer:Existing disks not recognised / booting of old SDD

Have you checked in bios to make sure the new SSD is the primary/first boot device? And you probably need to do that with all the HDDs and SSDs you are planning on having connected actually connected when you enter bios setup.

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My nice new SDD arrived, I installed it into the PC and disconnected the other SATA drives bar the DVD, spun up my W10 DVD and fairly quickly had a new activated install of W10.

Great!

So I plugged in the old SDD (it has the old C: on it) and the HDDs and it booted off the old SDD.

Unplugged the old SDD, plugged in the new one plus the HDDs, it wouldn't boot.

Went back to just the new SDD installed, boots fine, hot-plugged the HDDs and it wouldn't see them.

Argh! So right now I'm back where I was with the old SDD and the two HDDs which are mirrored.

Answer:Existing disks not recognised / booting of old SDD

Have you checked in bios to make sure the new SSD is the primary/first boot device? And you probably need to do that with all the HDDs and SSDs you are planning on having connected actually connected when you enter bios setup.

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Been googling around for info and haven't been able to pinpoint exactly what makes a enterprise drive more reliable than consumer drives.

I understand consumer demand for bigger drives at lower cost so manufacturers have to cut corners somewhere along the line. What/Where exactly are they cutting and by now much?

Answer:What components make enterprise HDDs more reliable than consumer HDDs?

Interesting question. This link gives some good info






Quote:
Hard drives are designed with a wide variety of features that can impact data integrity and
system uptime. Some hard drive manufactures may differentiate enterprise from desktop drives
by not testing certain enterprise-class features, validate the drives with different test criteria, or
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drive classes. It can be difficult to get detailed information and specifications on different drive
modes.

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I have a couple of strange and very vexing problems. The shop returned it saying it the problem was too infrequent for them to solve (sometimes it's very frequent and sometimes it isn't). Does anyone have an inkling of an idea what I could do to fix this?
(I posted this yesterday in tech consumer forum by accident, so sorry for the repost)
Problems:

Bootproblems (for 1.5 years now and increasing in frequency):
When the start-up button is pressed, there's always sound (so something is starting), but nothing boots (no BIOS, no ASUS express gate, nothing). Sometimes it takes a couple of minutes (or much more than a couple) of hard resets to get the system to boot. Somtimes it automatically boots after a couple of minutes (or much more than a couple) of pressing the button.
Crashes (for about a year now)
My computer freezes, shuts down (and restarts), has BSOD's (often PFN_List corrupt), grey screen, columns of colors (with the cursor unaffected), rows of colors (with the cursor affected). There appears to be no pattern in when it's bound to happen. It used to often happen more often dring the quiet moments and around an hour after a game had been played on it (though rarely during). Now it appears mostly random, though I believe stressing it does increase the risk now.
Audio devices not recognised (for about a week or two)
My computer doesn't recognise any audio jack (nor microphone), neither at the front or at the back. They don't show up in the list of audiodevices (also not ... Read more

Answer:Booting-problems + Crashes (all kinds) + No audio-devices recognised

I would be tempted to renew the PSU.
Bad starts and crashes sound like a failing Power supply

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I have a small media server. It's a bunch of drives in a full size tower PC, each formatted individually (i.e. no RAID - NTFS). Right now it's 6 drives, either 4TB or 3TB.

I have a bunch of smaller (1.5TB and 2TB) drives that I'm not using and would like to use to have a backup of the files spread across the 6 larger drives.

Anyone have a good idea of how to do this? Ideally I would like a solution like in the good old CD/DVD backup days where you can tell a backup app to back the whole lot onto CDs and it will span across however many DVDs you need. But for hard drives. It will copy all it can to the first hard drive until it's full, then it will ask me to mount a new hard drive and it will pick up where it left off. Nobody seems to make such a program.

Alternately I can just back up as much as I can to each drive and then pick up where I left off on the next backup drive. But how do I figure out in Windows 7 how many folders I can copy before I try to copy too much for the target drive? Is there a backup utility for Windows like the OS X app Carbon Copy Cloner that tallies the selected backup folders prior to copying them?

Thanks for any advice or thoughts...

S

Answer:HELP - Backing Up Several Large HDDs to Many Smaller HDDs

There is no easy 1-click option to do this.

One possibility is to setup the smaller disks as a JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) if the BIOS allows that, and the JBOB is sufficiently large to cater for your needs.

An alternative is write a .bat to use robocopy to copy selected data to a selected spare disk. You will, however, need calculate capacity beforehand.

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While checking email on my ISP server last night on my win xp laptop, a vile, full-screen ad popped under the screen I had open. I have Avast and am double fire-walled. I ran Hijack this and didn't recognize anything that would let the trash in.

When I ran Spybot S & D, it showed that a Microsoft security key had been disabled. Spybot fixed it.

Question: What do I need to set higher so that nothing can come in and reset my security? I don't know how the "changer" came into the computer.
 

Answer:registry key changed

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Question: registry changed

Windows XP Home edition all the latest updates and service packs2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64100.02 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity52.51 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free SpaceHL-DT-ST DVD-RW GWA-4082N [CD-ROM drive]FUJITSU MHU2100AT [Hard drive] (100.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n NQ07T592H764, rev 00000008, SMART Status: HealthyRam 1 GIGSlot 'JP11' has 512 MBSlot 'JP30' has 512 MBMy registry changed and I cannot think of anything that I did to change it.Registry entry "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\sr\ImagePath" (system32\DRIVERS\sr.sys) :Entry was changed to <\SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\sr.sys>Should this be regarded as suspicious? I am not sure just what changed and what occurred here. sluggo123

Answer:registry changed

Yes, it should be regarded as supsicious. You may have the KurtAgent 1.0 Trojan (Trojan-PSW.Win32.Kurgent.10), which among other things, stealthily disables your System restore.Read herehttp://www.megasecurity.org/trojans/k/kurtagent/Kurtagent1.0.htmlCheck for these...dropped files:c:\WINDOWS\system32\directx32.exe    Size: 448,506 bytes c:\WINDOWS\system32\dxdlg.dat        Size: 2,927 bytes c:\WINDOWS\system32\dxdlg.dll        Size: 96,256 bytes c:\WINDOWS\system32\ka_keyg.dat      Size: 0 bytes deleted:c:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\MachineGuid.txtadded to registry:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "DirectX Plugin"data: C:\WINDOWS\System32\directx32.exe HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore "DisableSR"old data: 00, 00, 00, 00 new data: 01, 00, 00, 00 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\sr "ImagePath"old data: System32\DRIVERS\sr.sys new data: \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\sr.sys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sr "ImagePath"old data: System32\DRIVERS\sr.sys new data: \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\sr.sys

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Just seeking help/advice on registry key changed by malware.

AVG anti-virus detected malware AEI.exe & I allowed AVG to vault it.

Subsequently I have a problem with the Start menu internet shortcut link not working. Based on someone else's similar problem found the registry key Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command now reads
"C\Users\....\AppData\Local\aei.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\MozillaFirefox\firefox.exe"

the IExplorer key also includes aei.exe in the string

I presume aei.exe shouldn't be there but can someone pls advise what the key should read & how do I change it.

There is no other obvious problems, scans have come up clear but should I do anything else? Thanks
 

Answer:Registry key changed by AEI.exe

Welcome to MajorGeeks, Thomo.

Do you or have you had Webroot's Spy Sweeper installed?
 

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I lost some icons in my notification window and in looking for answers found myself looking at my registry - 'HKLM SMCV Run' - and realized I had a new 'Run' key named 'Run-'; which had all my old settings in it (ergo my icons).

Now, I download and test a lot of software and sometimes get hit with ad/spyware(like what happened to me about a week ago) ... but, I've never seen a registry key get renamed (with intent, I believe, to stop my McAfee from running).

Has anyone here seen it before?
 

Answer:registry key changed

yes very common with a lot of the latest malware
go to here and download 'Hijack This!' self extracter. double click on the file and it will self extract to C:\program files\hijackthis.
Go to that folder then doubleclick the Hijackthis.exe
Click the "Scan" button, when the scan is finished the scan button will become "Save Log" click that and save the log.
Go to where you saved the log and click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.
It will possibly show issues deserving our attention, but most of what it lists will be harmless or even required,
so do NOT fix anything yet.
Someone here will be happy to help you analyze the results.
 

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Hello,
 
I was changing the RAM for my fleet of Lenovo Thinkcentre M Series, and I switched the RAM in one of the machines, and now it won't boot up.  All the rest do fine.

Even when I change back to the original RAM, still doesn't boot up.  Just powers on, then not even the BIOS screen powers up.  Just has a green light to signal power is on, nothing else.  Any suggestions?

Thanks

Answer:Changed RAM and now nothing happens when booting

Are the CPU and PSU fans running?
 
Are there any unusual beeps?
 
With the computer shut down, open the case and check all of your connections.  Remove the RAM and then reinstall it making sure it is properly seated.  Disconnect your power cables and then reattach them to be sure they are properly connected.  Do the same with all of your data cables.

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Normally when I boot up after the usual windows it usually goes straight to my desktop. Suddenly I find I am asked to click on my name before the desktop will open. This has only happened in the last few hours since I last shut down. How can I get back to how it was please. Running xp home sp2.

Answer:Booting up has changed

checkout here click here

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My Vista Laptop shuts down very slowly. I read that the WaitToKillServiceTimeout registry key can be changed.

I went ahead and changed the key, but every time i restart and check the key, the default is still set!

I changed every single WaitToKillServiceTimeout in my registry to 5000, but it always resets back to 20000 every time i restart.

I control the one and only (admin) account, and am very tech saavy, so don't spare the jargon.

Answer:WaitToKillServiceTimeout registry key cant be changed

Hi, make this easy for you, copy and paste all below into notepad then in notepad click on "file" then "save as" in the box save as shutdown.reg and save to desktop. Open desktop and double click on the file you just created to merge into registry reboot to take effect. Copy all below:-


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]


"AutoEndTasks"="1"
"HungAppTimeout"="2000"
"WaitToKillAppTimeout"="5000"

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 8:03:31 PM, on 3/2/2006Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\NavNT\defwatch.exeC:\WINDOWS\runservice.exeC:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exeC:\Program Files\NavNT\rtvscan.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Lavasoft\AD-AWA~1\Ad-Watch.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfAgent.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\MsgSys.EXEC:\Program Files\NavNT\vptray.exeC:\PROGRA~1\DAP\DAP.EXEC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exeC:\Program Files\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://red.clientapps.yaho... Read more

Answer:Registry Being Changed Automatically

Hi Bristles, Welcome to BC. You may want to print out these instructions for reference, since you will have to restart your computer in Safe Mode during the fix. Read them carefully and follow them in the order they are given. ================================================Please download the following tools but do not use them until instructed:1. ATF Cleaner by Atribune and save it to your Desktop. 2. FixWareout? by LonnyRJones. Save it to your desktop. 3. Ewido Anti-Malware During the installation, uncheck the following under Additional Options: Install background guardInstall scan via context menuCheck for updates but do not run it yet.================================================Go to Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs and remove DAP. Dap is not a malware itself but it may contain malware and allow malware to get in.================================================Note: Leave your internet connection running, the fixwareout may prompt you to download BFU from merijn. Run Fixwareout: " Doubleclick on the Fixwareout.exe file to run it. " Click Next, then Install, then make sure "Run fixit" is checked and click Finish. " The fix will begin. Follow the prompts. " You will be asked to reboot your computer, please do so. " Your system may take longer than usual to load, this is normal. " When your system reboots, follow the prompts that follow. " HijackThis should open automatically. " A log will be sa... Read more

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Could someone please help me find what is changing a registry entry?

The entry is in "HKEY CURRENT USER/software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main, Start page=..."

This was hijacked.

"Hijack This:" identified the problem and I corrected the entry but something changes it back as soon as I close regedit.

Can anyone help?

Pentire
 

Answer:Changed registry entry

To edit te registry,you can use the inbuilt registry editor.
Type regedit in the run box.Navigate to the key in the registry editor.
Back up the key you are editing.
Then edit it.
 

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My computer had locked up so I shut off power and restarted it. When it came back up it had a window that said 'had to read from alt registry' with an ok button. When I clicked to my destop, it came up as a new user desktop.
I had forgot that my system restore was turned off from a previous action to rid a virus and I had forgot to turn it back on. I did now but can't go back to a restore point for that reason I assume. I did have it on a few months back but it won't let me go to that either. I don't have the registry backed up either but will now. Is there any way I can easliy correct the registry that it was trying on bootup and couldn't? I'm running Windows XP SP2 on a Celeron
2.4 GHz CPU with 768 MB RAM.
 

Answer:Registry changed desktop

It seems as though it automatically installed me as a new user with a new desktop. I notice a new folder in the user directories. I think System Restore is now enabled but just for the new users restore points of which there aren't except for today. That explains why System Restore wasn't enabled for me as a new user. I want to know how to fix and get back to my original user. Can anyone advise?
 

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Ok, yesterday I found out that the drive letter of my HD was not C: and this caused an error in one of my programs. So, and since it is the boot drive, it doesn't allow you to change the drive letter easily. So I went about the more complicated way and used the Registry. Here is the guide I used: http://leghumped.com/blog/2007/01/09/change-drive-letter-on-a-boot-device/ 1. Go to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices 2. Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for "\DosDevices\C:". 3. Rename it to an unused drive letter "\DosDevices\Z:". This frees up drive letter C. 4. Find the drive letter you want changed. Look for "\DosDevices\D:". 5. Rename it to the appropriate (new) drive letter "\DosDevices\C:". 6. Click the value for \DosDevices\Z:, click Rename, and then name it back to "\DosDevices\D:". I realize exactly what I did. When I changed my drive letter I wanted to Z, and changed the drive I wanted (H to be C:, to C:, I made the mistake of not changing the Z drive back to H: Now, whenever I boot, it exactly loads the OS, but when it gets to the Windows Logon screen it freezes. The data on the computer needs to be intact, what would be the best way to go fixing this? Best case scenario for me would be, being able to get back into the Registry and changing the keys back. Appreciate any help.
 

Answer:Registry key changed, can't boot.

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I ran McAfee and it quarentined a trojan. After the scan finished firefox would not work only IE and any time i tried to download firefox or adobe flash or even IE8 i got a message saying open with, Now McAfee won't run or open and the only thing that work is IE. Firefox chat tried to solve the problem but he thought it might be a registry problem from the trojan. Please be gentle with me i'm computer stupid and don't know much about them or the language. Let me know if it would be better for all concerned if i just took it to be repaired.EDIT: Moved from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.

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Hi when i start up my computer, spybot search and destroy tells me that an important registry entry has been changed...

It says...
Category: System Startup user entry
Change: Value deleted
Entry: SpyBotDeletingB5636
Old data: command.com /c del "C:\Documents and Settings\Brian\Application Data\ShoppingReport\cs\db\Sites.dbs"

My computer runs fine and am able to do everything as i used to, but im wondering why im getting this message and have tried system restore and other suggestions i found on the internet, but none have worked.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks.
 

Answer:Registry Entry Changed?

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I've run into a situation where I can't change my startup using MSCONFIG. I've tried it and the startups are still there. I've tried to change startup with SpySweeper and I've got the same results. I booted up in SAFE mode and used MSCONFIG and again I could not change my startup.

Now I see that I can't change my System Restore settings either. I can't perform a Creation of a System Restore point. So naturally I tried to disable System Restore, bootup, but System Restore has magically been re-enabled. I can't disable system restore in Safe mode either. Therefore I can never perform a System Restore now.

I ran WinASO for registry repair. It found 256 errors which I repaired. I booted up and ran WinASO again and all of the errors are still there, i.e. the registry has not changed!

Any Suggestions?

I'm running Windows XP, SP2. I had to use Norton's GoBack recently because the system got corrupted and System Restore would not work. I remember reading somewhere that System Restore can be re-registered using the REGSVR32 in the command window and pass in the DLLs used for System Restore but I've lost that link.
 

Answer:Registry, Startup Can't be Changed!!!

Honestly? I'd do a complete format and reinstall if that is possible (i.e. you can backup your data easily). Your situation sounds quite complicated, and if the usual virus scan, anti-spyware and manual tweaking can't fix it, it might be your only option.

Was this the page you were looking for? http://windowsxp.mvps.org/srsettings.htm
 

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Giday ive got a problem with my laptop! It came with vista home on it
now when I start the laptop it goes to a black screen where I have to put
my password in then it goes on to windows and starts, I dont no why it has
changed to this, all I want is for it to start as normal
also I cannot download the service pack 2 update it installs but when it
restarts i get a message saying that service pack did not install and
reverting changes back or something along those lines!Im not sure if
this has anything to do with it or not
im not to computer savy so if someone can help it would be much appreciated
HERES THE HIJACK THIS LOG
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:15:09 PM, on 17/02/2010
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.00.1905 SP1)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18882)
Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\HpqSRmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Quick Search Box\GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BTTray.exe
C:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exe
C:\Program Fi... Read more

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I'm trying to install a hard drive in my old computer. Computer is a 450 MHZ P2, 128 Megs of RAM, built locally about 6 years ago. I had a Fujitsu 10 GB HDD in it, and decided to replace it with a 40 GB Seagate from my newer computer. The old system was working. I swapped the drives, set the Seagate to Master and booted. Gave me a hdd detection problem message on the boot screen. Went into setup, Primary master was set to User, with some figures that didn't look like my drive, and LBA. Finally set it to Auto/LBA and the boot screen tells me that it is detecting the hard drive, but freezes there. Same thing when I set the drive to cable select. The question is where do I go from here. The drive should be OK, because I had just reformatted the drive to FAT 32 on my other machine with Partition Magic five minutes prior to installing it. Everything went well there. And the old drive works fine when hooked up. (I would like to use them both, but am not going to worry about that at this point.) Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:booting problem has changed

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Hi, Ok bit of a longwinded problem here goes...

The original task I was trying to perform was to fix system DLL files using SFC /scannow.
During this process, I was asked to insert Windows XP (My OS btw) -CD2. I already had an Installation disk in the CD drive.
So I googled it. I came up with this website and advice.
My search for fixes
I followed the advice to the letter. I copied the I386 folder from disk to my root folder (C. Then, I went into Regedit, path = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Setup.
I modified the sourcepath here from C:\Windows (I really hope it was this, i told myself to remember the original path, but my mind is playing tricks on me a little, sorry)
and changed it to C:\ and rebooted.
When the GUI had loaded, the resolution was a mess as was the color bit. So I tried to reverse the situation in Regedit and reboot. Still the same.
OK, I thought, I shall reboot in VGA mode (never done this before, thought i'd give it a shot) still the same.
OK, i'll just update the video driver right? When you go to the Display app and try to change the resolution etc, you get this message.

'The currently selected graphics display driver can not be used. It was written for a previous version od windows, and it is no longer compatible with this version of windows.
The system has been started using the default VGA driver.
Please contact your hardware manufacturer to get an upgraded driver, or select one of ther microsoft provi... Read more

Answer:I changed a registry sourcepath, now my display is 4 bit and low res!

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Some years ago, I apparently changed the registry value MenuShowDelay to "0" because I felt it would make everything go faster by making menus open immediately. They now open immediately, but this actually slows everything down because now every menu opens when I move the mouse over it, whether I want it to or not. This wastes lots of time because some menus take a while to load everything into them.

So today I tried changing the value to 400. I rebooted, but the menus were the same. I went into regedit and the value had reverted back to 0. What gives? I thought perhaps I had used some tweaking program which was reverting it every time, but I can't find such a program in my start menu. Ideas?

Thank you,

John
 

Answer:Solved: Registry value won't stay changed

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I have locked registry that is not able to be accessed by any user on my computer and in order for me to sucessfully install quicktime and itunes, i need to delete these several registry keys. any help would be greatly appreciated. I am told "Error while opening key." and, "Unable to save permission on ___. Access is denied."

Answer:locked registry that can not be accessed or changed by anyone

You may be infected...some malware are known to lock down the registry and admin permissions...Click Here  and then post the logs in our Virus and Spyware Section...

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Good day to all

Im having this problem with my PC where several entries in the registry was changed everytime I logged in.
Even after I changed the entries manually, somehow, after next login, they were changed back thus giving me problems accessing regedit, task manager, run , and many more.
This problem started last week.
I have run Windows Live One Care online scan and SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition, but nothing big was found. The SuperAntiSpyware log was attached below as well.

The entries that were normally affected are :-

HKLM\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System,DisableRegistryTools
HKLM\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System,DisableTaskMgr
HKLM\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer,NoRun
HKLM\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer,NoFileMenu
HKLM\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer,NoFind
HKLM\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer,NoRun
HKLM\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer,NoSaveSetting
HKLM\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer,NoTrayContextMenu

Attached is the HijackThis logfile and the Startup list logfile

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:31:29 AM, on 9/20/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes... Read more

Answer:Registry items changed every time I log in

Hi Welcome to TSG!!
Please visit this webpage for instructions for downloading and running ComboFix.

Post the log from ComboFix when you've accomplished that, along with a new HijackThis log.
 

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Hello all, I'm not very knowledgable with registry editing, etc. but my SpyBot S&D recently found a virus called "HellzLittleSpy" that changed my registry in my Windows XP SP2. Worried, I "fixed" it but when I attempted to type in the password to log on on my next startup, my computer immediately logged me off (without even loading the entire desktop).

I have seen evidence of this problem by other people that tried to "Fix" HellzLittleSpy...

Currently, I am using the old copy of Win 2k Pro that came with my computer, as the XP is inoperable.

I can still access all (or most) of my data because it is on my second HDD, the one without the OS's installed, but still I cannot use XP and of course the desktop is different and I have to look for all of the programs since they are not in the Start Menu of 2k. Plus, some programs don't work anymore since the OS is different, I need to get back on XP! UGH!



I need to fix this registry change but I have no registry experience and cannot even log on the OS with the change in order to fix it...

Please help! I need my beloved XP SP2 back...

Answer:xp registry vaule changed by HellzLittleSpy, won't even log on.

try tapping f8 when booting and from the options try
last known good configuration
do a system restore to a date before you installed it
when you get back in follow the 5 steps here
http://www.techsupportforum.com/showthread.php?t=15968

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I was following ramcubed (very popular) guides on youtube to make my laptop faster which was fine on my other computer, but this time my internet doesn't work and alot of other things, Windows can't retrive information for things such as my computer specs, power settings, system restore etc doesn't work.. I'm guessing i changed a wrong registery some how as I derped out and i also don't have any network connections available now. Please help
 

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Have you experienced or heard of this:

I was Downloading Zipped files from a known source on WeTransfer, a fee paid file sharing service.

The moment the download finished my keyboard inputs went all squirrely. When I entered keyboard commands things either didn't happen correctly or they didn't happen at all.
I shut the system down and unplugged the internet.

On Reboot to Windows NO keyboard input was possible.
On Again reboot trying to get to safe mode no keyboard input was possible. I was unable to use the arrow buttons.
On reboot to the UFEI/BIOS ( using f2) The keyboard operated correctly.

SO I suspected the registry

I put the Installation disk in and got it to boot in safe mode and the keyboard was operating correctly.

I have since opened the Zip files I downloaded and experienced no ill effects.
My suspicion is that some one in the middle of the transfer ( possibly an angry employee at We Transfer) send me something in a packet that re-wrote a registry value for the keyboard locking it out of windows processes.

Does this make sense to you?

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I let my computer install windows updates over the night as I shut it down, and after starting it up this morning, I can no longer run .exe files. Upon trying to run a .exe file, a window pops up stating "The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect." It's never done this before, so I googled it and read it could be some sort of trojan that has changed registry values but I have no idea what it truly is.

Answer:Am I infected? Registry Values changed?

 Try booting to Safe Mode with networking.  If you can, try installing Malwarebytes and doing a scan.  If Malwarebytes doesn't fix it, you could try System Restore back to an earlier date.
 
Good luck.

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Hi, my laptop was infected with malware and viruses. I read your post on "READ & RUN ME FIRST Before Asking for Support " and attempted the steps, which seemed to fix the viruses and malware. However, I still experience these problems:

1. Windows running very slowly, seemed to be at 100% CPU.
2. 2 x iexplorer.exe shown in task mgr.
3. 2 x realplay.exe shown in tak mgr
4. explorer.exe taking up much memory about 60000kb
5. Cannot change desktop wallpaper and cannot change any settings to wallpaper - registry key changed
6. when i have several windows open, e.g. IE, wmplayer, folder, the IE window takes precedence. i.e. i cannot control (close, resize, bring to front) other windows without first minimizing the IE window first.

Pls refer to attched txt files, as instructed. Will attach other required files in follow-up thread

Hope I can get help.

thanks!
samuel21
 

Answer:Malware and Virus - registry changed

Hi, my laptop was infected with malware and viruses. I read your post on "READ & RUN ME FIRST Before Asking for Support " and attempted the steps, which seemed to fix the viruses and malware. However, I still experience these problems:

1. Windows running very slowly, seemed to be at 100% CPU.
2. 2 x iexplorer.exe shown in task mgr.
3. 2 x realplay.exe shown in tak mgr
4. explorer.exe taking up much memory about 60000kb
5. Cannot change desktop wallpaper and cannot change any settings to wallpaper - registry key changed
6. when i have several windows open, e.g. IE, wmplayer, folder, the IE window takes precedence. i.e. i cannot control (close, resize, bring to front) other windows without first minimizing the IE window first.

Pls refer to attched txt files, as instructed. Will attach other required files in follow-up thread

Hope I can get help.

thanks!
samuel21[/QUOTE]
 

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I have an HP computer here that wouldn't boot.

So I booted to Windows XP disk Secleted #1 for C:\WINDOWS pressed ENTER when prompted for the password and then I ran a chkdsk /r.

Computer still didn't startup. So I boot to disk again. I Select #1 again and press ENTER when the password prompt comes up. Now it is saying the password is invalid.

I've never come across this before. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Booting to Disk Password Changed

No, I haven't come across this before, but since the PC isn't booting one-way-or-the-other, it may be time to seriously consider performing a clean install: format the drive then re-install Windows. If there's data to be saved, there's numerous ways to to it: remove the drive, connect to a healthy a PC and browse to the stuff you need and copy it over; or use a boot disc like the UBCD4Win or a live Linux disc (like Knoppix) and an external drive, or use one of its included burning tools and burn your data to a CD/DVD....
 

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When changing the computer connected to a domain controller to a workgroup, will this get recorded in the registry?

Meaning is there anyway to check back whether the computer had previously been connected to a domain controller?

Please advise, thanks.
 

Answer:domain controller recorded in registry after it has changed?

anyone?
 

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I changed hkey_local_machine\system\controlset001\control\nls\language, lines "default" and "installlanguage" from 0409 to 0804 (english to chinese)

you may ask why i did this, well it was to install WC3 frozen throne using a chinese cdkey ( depending on the language it must be used with the corresponding languages version ). i had been successful in the past with this, but now ive run into an unrecoverable spot.

i rebooted after changing the reg keys because they still werent working for installing the game, after i reboot i go to login, put in my password and hit enter, it quickly cycles through "loading personal settings" and all the other stuff it says before booting into windows, but it kicks me straight back to putting in my password as if it were wrong, but this isnt the issue as it would say incorrect password, it actually accepts the password then spits me back in less than a second. also even if i put in totally random letters and numbers for my password it does the exact same thing instead of saying "wrong password"

unfortunately i cant even get into safe mode as it has me attempt the same feat with the same exact results, im weary of using windows repair as usually windows will attempt suicide to repair itself, is there any sort of bootable media that i can repair my registry with, or someway i can bypass the windows login

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Answer:Changed language registry setting, cant loginto XP Pro.

just a little followup- note* i changed the registry language values back to what they were in the previously working windows 0409(english)

i used BartPE to access the computers registry files, i changed it so it would skip the login process and login automatically under the admin user. this worked but the next problem i arrived at was, windows would sit at "loading your personal settings..." for ever (all night) which is unnacceptable, safemode would do the same thing.

as i am not extremely patient with my computers i did a windows repair install so i could burn everything i wanted to save and reformatted. all i can attribute this to is a possible virus, as i restored the registry to its previous state but this didnt fix anything.

the hardrive while loading personal settings would do a repititious loading chug chug...chug chug... chug chug... over and over like it was in a loop.

since formatting everything is fine, the harddrive isnt damaged in anyway and im stumped.


this really makes me wanna become a linux user, as i am sooo tired of windows shooting itself in the foot constantly.

anything anyone would like to add to this would be appreciated as i am still at a loss to really what happened besides a possible virus.
 

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I'm not too good about this stuff, but I was cleaning out the temp files on my son's computer, and after this was done (while I was online) I got this window from Spybot S&D.

Wish I could send a copy of the screen because I copied it with both the window message and what pops up in the right hand corner when I try to close it. But I guess it's too much data to "attach."

It says:

"Spybot - S&D has detected an inportant registry entry that has been changed.

Category: ActiveX Distribution Unit
Change: Value deleted

Entry: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E"



(the rest of the number runs off the window & there's now way to maximize it)



When I try to close it, the corner window that pops up says,



"Registry denied the change of {6B4788E2-BAE8-11D2-A1B4-00400512739B}
(category ActiveX Distribution Unit)"

He has a Compaq laptop with Windows XP "Professional" on it.

I ran Adware & just had a couple tracking cookies. That's where I'm at.

Here's a Hijack This log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 11:50:51 AM, on 4/18/2007
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
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Answer:Spybot S&D: Registry Entry Changed, please help me with this notice!

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Im not sure what i have here but i clicked yes to something i shouldnt have i know i shouldnt have but now i have somehting.. when i try to get to task maager is says its been disabled by admin..i try to go start> run or search...there is no run or search showing on my start menu....i ran antvirus scan...spyware scan and registry mechanic but still the same anyone have any ideas how to fix this..ive been tryin for 2 days

Answer:virus? registry was changed cant be chagned back

HiJackThis log please.

Download and tutorial is located in my signature.

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I'm trying to follow the instructions as listed inhttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/I'm getting stuck at Spybot.1. It keeps poping up windws listing that an importantregistry entry has been changed, but I do not knowhow to interpret or respond to the "accept" or "deny".The an example of one of the messages:I think it's asking if I want to accept the change to a blank entry versus the old "command /c..." entry.I'm guessing that accepting would be correct, butam not sure.2. I've run Spybot 5 times, and each time I'm gettingVirtumonde coming up, and sometimes smitfraud-C andOmniture. The last time it ran only Virtumonde cameup. Do I just keep on running Spybot or do I moveonto the next step in the list?ThanksJoe

Answer:Spybot - Important Registry Entry Changed

Hello joebann.sorry for the late response.You have a couple of choices. ) click the Remember this decision box and Apply. This will help you to go back and undo things. ) the malware can be causing a problem. So you can just skip this step and move on thru even if you can only get to the Actual HJ log. ) Run these instructions. Tells us how things go and post the log this asks for.First you will need to follow the instructions in our TutorialHow to Remove WinFixer / Virtumonde Now Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop .. DO NOT run yet.Open SUPER from icon and install and Update itUnder Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):Close browsers before scanning.Scan for tracking cookies.Terminate memory threats before quarantining.Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to Start Windows in Safe ModeDouble-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.Click the Empty Selected button.If you use Firefox or the Opera browser click that browser at the top and choose: Select AllClick the Empty Selected button.If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.NOW Scan with SUPEROpen from the desktop icon or the program Files listOn the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed... Read more

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Hello, all. I discovered this forum when searching Google for a solution to a minor problem I'm having with Spybot Search & Destroy--it shows me a screen saying, "Spybot - Search &
Destroy has detected an important registry entry that has been changed", followed by "Category: System Startup global entry; Change: Value deleted; Entry: Symantec PIF AlertEng; Old data: <a long string beginning with 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\' "

It asks me whether to "Allow change" or "Deny change," and I don't know which I should do, or why.

It has also occurred to me that I might, perhaps, inquire here about how to get a blog started (with various features I might want), if this is the right place to ask. But one problem at a time.

Hi again.

Nil Desperandum

P.S. I already had Symantec's Norton AntiVirus program on my computer when I downloaded Spybot Search & Destroy from something like Safe-Network.

P.P.S. I haven't yet hit either "Allow" or "Deny."

Answer:Spybot: Registry Entry Changed--allow Or Deny?

Hi,

I am far from being an expert on this, but since you're waiting for a reply....

Have you recently installed a new program? If it was Spybot, maybe that's what the registry change is for. Installing a new app is usually when a registry change is made. What I do under those circumstances is click the "allow" along with checking the "remember this" box.

Otherwise, I'd recommed you click "deny" and the "remember this" box (if that's an option under "deny"). It's always best to make a registry backup before installing anything new.

Maybe someone who knows more (not difficult) than I do will come by soon.

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Loading Spybot on an XP pro machine and now whether in Administrator or reg user login I cannot access any control panel except the File Association control panel. I can still open a app by right clicking and opening them "run as" and then clicking off the protection option in the next window. Outlook and Word still open and I tried importing some fixes into the registry via Command line but no go. Is there a way to fix these without picking through each errant App or Control panel?
 

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A few months ago, I followed an online tutorial to hide my admin account by changing my registry so my mom couldn't get in. Stupidly enough, I kept myself out also. I tried doing a lot of stuff to retrieve it, but nothing would work because the only account I have left is a guest account, therefore, no admin permissions. One thing I think I can still do, though, is a system restoration point, but somehow, my previous restoration point was deleted.
What if, and I'm going out on a limb here, I saved a restoration point off of my friends computer onto a flashdrive and used that for my computer? We have the exact same OS (Windows 7 Premium 64bit). I plan on doing that, then doing a complete system restore back to the factory settings.
Would this work? What precautions would it hold? Like I said, I don't care about my previous data anymore, I just want to take it back to factory settings.
Any help would be INFINITELY appreciated.

EDIT: Okay, after a little bit of research, I discovered that I cant save a system image on a flash drive. I could do it on a DVDR, right?

Answer:Stupidly changed my registry on my own, will a system restore help me?

Hello UglyKid95, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but no. Restore points are computer specific, and cannot be used on any other.

You might see if you may be able to boot into Safe Mode or enable the built-in Administrator account at boot to do the factory recovery.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello,
 
I hope this is an appropriate forum for asking this. I was following method #2 of this guide ( http://www.wikihow.com/Customize-the-Size-of-the-Windows-7-Taskbar-Icons ) and I made a mistake in the registry key that it suggested. I didn't read closely enough, and rather than creating a new key called "MinWidth", I edited the "AppliedDPI" registry key (it appears to be the one selected in the screenshot). Dumb mistake that could have been avoided, but now I need to fix it.
 
This really messed with the sizes of text and other GUI elements (the minimize, restore down, and close icons in the upper right portion of windows are HUGE), and changing it back to the default value (96) does not do anything. I didn't change any other registry settings. Is there some way to fix this that I am not realizing? The computer is practically unusable now unless I change to a different user.
 
Thanks!

Answer:Accidentally changed the wrong registry key - now I can't seem to change it back

[Earlier, was suggesting trying Windows CLassic theme as a test.]
 
After you changed the registry back, you did already try a shutdown & coldpost/boot, correct?  I found out that some change-backs take hold after a shutdown & re-power-up.

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My DVD drive is not being recognized on my laptop for the second time. The first time I fixed it by downloading Microsoft Fixit. Then recently it stopped working again, so I found an old post on here on which there was some text to copy in notebook and then click on called "fixcd.reg". When I restarted my laptop the drive was recognized and working again. Then I tried to start iTunes and I got the message "The registry settings used by iTunes drivers for importing and burning CDs and DVDs are missing. This can happen as a result of installing other CD burning software. Please reinstall iTunes." This happened before too and I had to reinstall and I lost everything, and even had problems reinstalling it. I had to uninstall it with Windows Install Clean Up. I don't understand why I keep having problems with the drive.
 

Answer:DVD drive not recognized, changed registry, working now, but not iTunes....

Also I'm not sure if this has anything to do with that problem but when I tried to play a DVD on Windows Media Player I get the message Wins Media Player can't play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer.
 

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Hi, Ok bit of a longwinded problem here goes...The original task I was trying to perform was to fix system DLL files using SFC /scannow. During this process, I was asked to insert Windows XP (My OS btw) -CD2. I already had an Installation disk in the CD drive.So I googled it. I came up with this website and advice. My search for fixesI followed the advice to the letter. I copied the I386 folder from disk to my root folder (C:). Then, I went into Regedit, path = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup. I modified the sourcepath here from C:\Windows (I really hope it was this, i told myself to remember the original path, but my mind is playing tricks on me a little, sorry)and changed it to C:\ and rebooted.When the GUI had loaded, the resolution was a mess as was the color bit. So I tried to reverse the situation in Regedit and reboot. Still the same.OK, I thought, I shall reboot in VGA mode (never done this before, thought i'd give it a shot) still the same.OK, i'll just update the video driver right? When you go to the Display app and try to change the resolution etc, you get this message.'The currently selected graphics display driver can not be used. It was written for a previous version od windows, and it is no longer compatible with this version of windows.The system has been started using the default VGA driver.Please contact your hardware manufacturer to get an upgraded driver, or select one of th... Read more

Answer:Ive changed a sourcepath in the registry, now my video driver can only display in 4 bit

System manufacturer and model?

Louis

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Hello there,

I changed the maximum memory in the msconfig boot settings (STUPID STUPID) and now windows won't boot under any mode. Underneath is everything I know about the situation.

Yesterday I noticed that my 8GB RAM wasn't being used fully (only 3,96GB). CCleaner detects 8GB. My BIOS detects 8GB. But my OS said only 3,96 was usable. So I looked up why. I saw a 'solution' somewhere, which said:
- go to msconfig > boot > advanced options.
- check maximum memory
- fill in amount of memory in laptop (8192)
- apply and reboot

The person said this worked for him. For me it did the following. When rebooting I got to Windows Error Recovery, and I haven't been able to boot windows since. Whatever I try, I always get a black screen and then the laptop reboots after 2 seconds. I've tried:
- Starting windows normally. > black screen then reboots
- Launching startup repair, windows loads files (grey process bar) > black screen then reboots

If I go into the F8 advanced boot options menu:
- Safe mode (with or without networking or command prompt) makes it load the windows files from system32, then halfway through the list > black screen then reboots
- Last working configuration doesn't work either. > black screen then reboots

I've tried booting from my USB drive, which functions as a win7 DVD (my CD/DVD drive is broken), with no results. It starts loading files (grey process bar), then as soon as the 'starting windows' GUI appears > black sc... Read more

Answer:Changed msconfig setting. Booting win7 now impossible.

Hello William, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to do a system restore at boot, and use a restore point dated before this happened to undo it.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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I have two problems. I use W7, and detest it, but am stuck for a while.
 
The right-click menu for Notepad now has "edit" in it. I have to choose that or else something tries to access "privileged resources" through splwow64.exe if I just double-click it. That shouldn't happen. I've used a substitute for Notepad for YEARS, called Notepad+, and it worked on W7 until recently. I can't find any infection on Notepad+, but it behaves as though it had one. Whatever changed the right-click menu was likely a toolbar, Conduit, which I stupidly allowed to install, and still can't get rid of it all. I can't find, on W7 where I can manage things like "open" "edit" etc. for any program on my PC, and associate the program file extension with something else. I had it in 98SE, but not in W7.
 
Conduit weaseled its way into many areas of my PC, and I had trouble both finding them and getting rid of them. Some I bumped into by pure accident. Most is gone now, but not all. The toolbar itself still comes up when I start Google Chrome, but it is unusable, just there. Chrome also shows a search page called "Connect" by Conduit, by default. I've removed it, in Chrome's settings, but it keeps coming back. So it still has a footprint somewhere in my Google Chrome files.
 
That same toolbar now gives me a popup every time I boot up. It says:
 
"RunDLL
 
There was a problem starting
 
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Conduit\Background\BackgroundContainer.dll
 
The s... Read more

Answer:Right-click menu changed - also rundll popup on booting

Download SecurityCheck.exe from Here. Run SecurityCheck and follow the instruction from inside the code box.. When the scan is finished, a notepad will automatically open as check.txt
   Please copy and paste the contents here on your next reply.
 
 Try clearing your cache files : Free Ccleaner
       Ignore the Registry feature of Ccleaner as it is not recommended or needed.
 Download Adwcleaner by Xplode from here.
      Click on Adwcleaner and hit the Scan button and will begin to search for PUP and malicious files. Once finished click the Clean button. Copy and   paste the log on your next reply.
 Scan for Malware using free Malwarebytes
      Install then run a quick scan only after updating to the latest definition.Uncheck the trial pro version on setup and remove any found threats after    running the scan.Please post also the result.
 Download JRT by thisisu from this link.
      Make sure to disable your antivirus or any running protection softwares before running JRT to avoid interferences.
      For Vista and Windows 7, right-click and Run as Administrator. In XP, double click JRT icon.
      Please be patient and let the program f... Read more

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Hello my computer can't boot into normal mode nor safe mode because of a BSOD.
I believe this happened because i ticked no. of processors in advanced options of msconfig, then i went back into it unchecked, and finally rebooted-> BSOD. I don't have a windows 7 disk, because acer is too cheapskate to include one. But I wish to know how to fix this problem through the command prompt in system recovery. I don't want to format the computer.
Thanks.

BSOD details:
bad_system_config_info

blah blah

STOP: 0x00000074 (0000000000000002, 0xFFFFF8800399CB20, 0x0000000000000002,0xFFFFFFFFC000009A)
blah blah

Answer:BSODcorrupt registry?msconfig, changed advanced ticked no.of processor

  
Quote: Originally Posted by llo88888


Hello my computer can't boot into normal mode nor safe mode because of a BSOD.
I believe this happened because i ticked no. of processors in advanced options of msconfig, then i went back into it unchecked, and finally rebooted-> BSOD. I don't have a windows 7 disk, because acer is too cheapskate to include one. But I wish to know how to fix this problem through the command prompt in system recovery. I don't want to format the computer.
Thanks.

BSOD details:
bad_system_config_info

blah blah

STOP: 0x00000074 (0000000000000002, 0xFFFFF8800399CB20, 0x0000000000000002,0xFFFFFFFFC000009A)
blah blah


If you wish to have others assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder. The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Start your own thread in the appropriate section of the forum and attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
* Briefly describe the problem history and circumstances in the same post. Somebody will attend to your query as soon as possible.

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Hello. I have Windows XP Home Edition, SP2 on two separate bootable hard drives in my Dell XPS B1000r. I have my 80 GB “main” hard drive and a 40 GB “extra” hard drive. I mainly boot from my “main” 80 GB hard drive, and that’s the drive that won’t boot after I changed the drive letter.

I wanted to rename the Drive letters associated with each of these hard drives. I was able to change the “extra” hard drive using the Disk Management option. I was not able to change the letter of my “main” hard drive, because I booted from it. I used Regedit to change the boot drive letter, based on the Microsoft Help & Support article:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q223188

I renamed the “main” 80 GB drive from F: to C:. I then renamed the “extra” 40 GB drive from I: to D:.

This wasn’t a smart move on my part, because after I renamed the “main” bootable hard drive, Windows will not load on that drive. When I boot to my “main” drive, I get the Windows “Welcome” screen that hangs there for hours. When I force restart, I can boot onto the “extra” 40 GB hard drive, though.

Troubleshooting I tried:
I tried starting the main drive in “Safe Mode”, but it won’t load. I also tried starting the main drive with “Last Known Good Configuration”, but get the same “Welcome” screen and it won’t load any further.

I believe I need to get into my registry for the “main” drive. Can anyone help me to get back into the registry for this ma... Read more

Answer:Changed Boot Drive Letter in Registry, Now XP WonÂ’t Start

put your xp cd in your drive,boot from it.enter the recovery consol by pressing R.
Log onto windows in the boot drive and type in "fixmbr" no "" in it.

Fixmbr

Repairs the master boot record of the boot disk. The fixmbr command is only available when you are using the Recovery Console

fixmbr [device_name]

Parameter

device_name

The device (drive) on which you want to write a new master boot record. The name can be obtained from the output of the map command. An example of a device name is:

\Device\HardDisk0.

Example

The following example writes a new master boot record to the device specified:

fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0
 

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Been trying to remove some spyware and can't get any specifics as to what it is but the problems are of the general malware ilk. Broswer mods, Registry Denial, Automatic Updates are off and can't be turned on, the whole shebang.
DDS (Ver_09-02-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Administrator at 14:48:50.85 on 2009-02-18
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_11
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3071.2331 [GMT -6:00]

AV: avast! antivirus 4.8.1229 [VPS 080924-1] *On-access scanning disabled* (Outdated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\acs.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ASUS\Drive Xpert\SteelVine.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
C:&... Read more

Answer:Unknown Spyware, Browswer Hijack, Registry Denial, Setting Changed

Hello Ephedrine and welcome to Bleeping Computer,1. Please download GooredFix and save it to your Desktop.Select "2. Fix Goored" by typing 2 and pressing Enter. Make sure all instances of Firefox are closed at this point. Type y at the prompt and press Enter again. A log will open, please post the contents of that log in your next reply (it can also be found on your desktop, called GooredLog.txt).Note: If you receive a message saying that GooredFix needs your system to be restarted, please close all applications and reboot your system. Please also allow any registry changes that may be prompted by any of your security programs.2. Please read this tutorial carefully to download ComboFix from one of the locations specified, and save it to your Desktop.Double click the ComboFix icon to run it.If ComboFix askes you to install the Recovery Console, please do so..The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery mode, in case your computer has a problem after an attempted removal of malware. This allows us to help you.Once the Recovery Console is installed, continue with the malware scan.Note: Make sure not to click ComboFix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall or freeze.Please post the log from ComboFix (can also be found as C:\ComboFix.txt) in your next reply. If you have any questions along the way, STOP and ask them before proceeding !!Greetings,Thunder

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Hi people,
I am requesting assistance because my computer has major, major issues. Some of these are even comical but true, nonetheless.
1) When I visit certain websites, I see strange charachters. Usually an "A" with a carrot over it. (See photo at bottom)
2) My internet connection works fine but in the lower right hand corner of my computer there is always the network icon with a big red "X" (See photo at bottom)
3) I have a folder on my desktop entitled, and I kid you not, "TheBestBabes", that I constantly delete but it returns every time I connect to the internet. (See photo at bottom)
4) I downloaded MS Office and the log, which I can post, says the installation was corrupt, but yet it was almost a year before I read this log and everything functioned perfectly in MS Office. It wasn't until I started having computer problems that I began to search for logs and found it. It was one of the very first things I downloaded when I reformatted my computer, so if it contained an infection, almost everything on my computer was downloaded after this corrupt download.
5) While using a program on Safari, I clicked on view activity and there were so many scripts being executed and errors occurring, and redirects (See photo at bottom)
6) In firefox and IE, I have a ton of invalid certificates that are listed as valid. (See photo at bottom)
7) Google Chrome just installed by itself one day. I was just looking at my computer and all of a sudden google chrome starts i... Read more

Answer:Many locked files, registry entries created, changed, at ridiculous rate, ....

I have Windows 7 64-bit. I have not done anything to the computer, other than run a few scans, but I didn't change anything as I have no idea how to interpret them. I would really appreciate any assistance. Thank you very much,
MCC

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hi, first of all thx beforehand for helping me in this problem. About 2 mnths ago i was surfing the internet and i downloaded a certain file. It seemed to be a virus or something of that sort. as soon as i opened it the desktop bkground changed its appearance (saying: VIRUS ALERT), The time in the bottom right corner had VIRUS ALERT written near it, and i could not access the task manager, and any registry files. The Start menu button (bottom left) has the "All Programs" button missing, and the C:/ and D:/ drives aren't available form the my computer, (I have to access them form the "Run" fnc). Here is the log file from HiJackThis, I hope i have given u the necessary information:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 20:26, on 22/10/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\UdaterUI.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\McTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Rundll32.exe
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This is a new computer and when downloading some of the software i've used in the past like gimp, audacity, safari, ventrilo, etc. all of the sudden i was hit with a spyware/malware/virus blast. fake virus alerts, protection software, disability to see the start menu, run command, registry, task manager, c:\, display properties, all programs in start, control panel, etc. I have been reallowing parts of my registry such as task manager and run so that I have disabled some startup items and killed some rogue processes.I'm to the point now where i can scan and fix things but there seems to be no end. Been scanning with AVG and over 60 trojans, 50 from malwarebytes, 20 from spybot, etc. have been removed but on a restart out of safe mode the madness continues and my administration problems come back and such. EDIT: when messing with display properties and some other stuff, i get this error message (since running avg and such) "Cannot find file:///C:/windows/privacy_danger/index.htm'. Make sure the path or internet address is correct." I figure this might help on solving what is affecting my computer. It should be noted that while i'm waiting online i keep getting avg alerts about system32/heur and explorer.exe. I fixed privacy_danger hijackthis. Kapersky identified monder trojan, malwarebytes identified vundo and fakealert, and I've restored most of my functionality, though I know there are still infections. Spybot is finding a lot of registry changes that I am den... Read more

Answer:Malware Problems.. Administrative Rights Revoked And Registry Changed, Regedit, Task Manager, Run, C:\

Hi,I see you are running Teatimer.I suggest you to disable it because it can interfere with the changes you'll make on your system.When everything is done and your log is clean again, you can enable it again.If teatimer gives you a warning afterwards that some changes were made, allow this instead of blocking it.How to disable TeaTimer <== click me for instructions.After you disabled Teatimer, download ResetTeaTimer.bat to your desktop. (In case you use Firefox, rightclick the link and choose "save as").Doubleclick ResetTeaTimer.bat and let it run.This will only take a few seconds.Then, * Please visit this webpage for instructions for downloading and running ComboFix:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofixThis includes installing the Windows XP Recovery Console in case you have not installed it yet.Post the log from ComboFix when you've accomplished that, along with a new HijackThis log.

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Can I restore the registry from a non booting computer with a live CD, and how would I do that? Also is the BootMed live CD a good option to use?
Thank You.

Answer:Restore registry from non booting computer

If I can assume you are running Win 7 because that is the forum you posted in, then yes, you can use a live disc to repair your OS. However the best one by far to use is a Windows Install disc as this will allow you to do a repair install which will restore your registry, among other things, normally without affecting your applications or data.
 
If you have access to another computer, you can download a legal copy of your version of Windows from Digital River and use your COA to authenticate, links here -
 
• Windows 7 Home Premium (x86) - 32 bit
 
• Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) - 64 bit
 
• Windows 7 Professional (x86) - 32 bit
 
• Windows 7 Professional (x64) - 64 bit
 
• Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)* - 32 bit
 
• Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)* - 64 bit
 
The disc downloads as an ISO type file and you will need ImageBurn - or similar - to convert the downloaded file to a usable install disc. You can get Image Burn, a free download, from www.ImgBurn.com.
 
This is probably your best chance to restore your computer without affecting your data. Alternatively, and the route I would go, you could download a copy of the live Puppy Linux CD - also an ISO file download - and use that to transfer your data to an external drive before trying to repair Windows. I believe strongly in backing up data before doing major repairs whenever possible !  You can get Puppy, along with instructions for using it, from h... Read more

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UPDATE: (last checked:sep 4)I?m still looking for a solution. Particularly, I?m wondering the following.1: Can the Windows XP system restore points be used manually?2: Can anything from the diagnostic partition be used manually?3: What files comprise the registry in XP, and where are they?4: Given a working copy of windows on one drive (I?ll call "GoodWindows") and a broken version of windows on another drive (I?ll call "BadWindows"), is there any 3rd party recovery application that can run from "GoodWindows" and then remotely make use of the "BadWindows" system restore points to fix "BadWindows"? (It seems like it should be quite possible to make program that could perform that operation.)Thanks.--------------------------------------------Original Post:In the course of cloning and replacing an old 200gb hard drive, I found that the new 400gb drive was booting with the wrong drive letters. Instead of C and D, it was using J and F respectively.So, I looked around for a means of fixing that and found several examples explaining that you simply change a few registry values.As directed, I opened regedit, browsed to "MountedDevices"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevicesand renamed the following items:"\DosDevices\C:" to "\DosDevices\J:""\DosDevices\J:" to "\DosDevices\C:""\DosDevices\D:" to "\DosDevices\F:""\DosDevices\F:" to "\DosDevices\D:"... Read more

Answer:WinXP not booting after a registry alteration.

reformat that drive and all should be good

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Edit:

NM, couldn't wait any longer.

gotta love the ease of Ghost 2003
 

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Is there a way to get the registry files on a Vista machine that will not boot into Windows?

I can access the hard drive on another Vista machine.

I am really only looking for the registry files for "Windows Mail" because I had a lot of message rules I would like to get back so I don't have to do all the rules all over again.

But the computer will not boot up anymore.

I get a bootmgr missing error message when starting up the machine. I tried fixmbr and fixboot but when I try fixboot it crashes.

Thanks

Michael
 

Answer:Solved: getting registry files on a non booting vista?

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I have a hard drive that got corrupted when I uninstalled Vista Sp1 (not my fault) and won't boot to Safe Mode or Windows. Ran the repair disk on it and it says it's recovered. However, now I get the "Can't find autochk, skipping autocheck" during the startup and it just reboots. I installed a new hard drive along with Vista up through SP2 and that's working fine.

If I start Vista and plug in the old drive (it's called K:, I can see the C: drive on the K: drive but not my other partitions on the corrupt hard drive (that's the real problem). To get rid of the autocheck problem, one has to edit the registry.

The questions are-which file on the K: drive is the registry and how do you open it without opening the registry on the working operating system? I see a file called reg in the system 32 files but if I right click on it and select open, it doesn't open. I don't have the "open with" option for that file, so I can't use regedit. Any help?

Answer:Registry edit on non-booting hard drive

Hi,

I would suggest you try this software & see if you get any information from the disk: -

Free Download Magic Partition Manager freeware: EASEUS Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy and Partition Recovery Software.

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should I order 2 400GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) or should I order 800GB RAID 0 (2 x 400GB SATA HDDs) ?

I don't know which one is better.Do RAID 0 HHDs require anything to properly function?

Answer:2 HDDs or 2 RAID 0 HDDs?

I would get the raid 0 because of the performance... but are you really going to need that much space??? You motherboard must have raid 0 capibility or you can get a pci card for that....

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Hi Guys

Sat X200 m/n: PSPBUA-00N007 running a Vista Ultimate Operating System.

I wanted to see if I can get Windows to recognize both of the HDDs as just one. I've tried changing the 2nd HDD to a Dynamic one and extending the primary HDD but it doesn't seem to work.

Can I do this within Windows? Or is the Toshiba OEM stopping me from doing this?

Any suggestions would be fantastic.

Many thanks

Answer:Viewing both HDDs as one in Windows

Hi,

what you would like to have is a RAID stripe with both of your HDD?s. But is there a RAID controller installed in this machine?? I don?t think so and even if yes, then you would have to reinstall your OS but firstly you would have to create an RAID 0 stripe.

Because the machine (as I know) is not equipped with a RAID controller then with an ordinary SATA controller you will have no luck.

GReets

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sorry for the silly/stupid questions as i'm a windows newbie. I have windows 10 PC with (4) 3.5 HDDs as Media, Photos, etc...my main OS is on SSD. I wanted to know when my main OS SSD set to sleep can i make my other HDDs accessible? example, My Plex is on one of my HDDs and i would like that access that when my computer goes to sleep? I'm pretty sure its a dumb question but i'm very new to IT and don't know how PC works.

Answer:Windows 10 with multiple HDDs

It might be possible if one of the drives has been set up to Networked and Mapped on other computers to access it but the computer they are attached to has to be running, probably no sleep or hibernation interaction for most reliability.

Reading between the lines I'd presume you'd like other devices to have access to something like Pictures or Music, etc., so to that end I'll relate the way I did it. I have 2 x 2TB HDDs connected by Ethernet cable to my 4-port Router and 8-port Switch setup, can access both through Mapping on Windows, Linux and Mac computers, both Wired and Wireless/Wi-Fi. It resolves any issue for any one computer have to be running. I also have 2 printers set up the same way, inkjet and laserjet.

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sorry for the silly/stupid questions as i'm a windows newbie. I have windows 10 PC with (4) 3.5 HDDs as Media, Photos, etc...my main OS is on SSD. I wanted to know when my main OS SSD set to sleep can i make my other HDDs accessible? example, My Plex is on one of my HDDs and i would like that access that when my computer goes to sleep? I'm pretty sure its a dumb question but i'm very new to IT and don't know how PC works.

Answer:Windows 10 with multiple HDDs

It might be possible if one of the drives has been set up to Networked and Mapped on other computers to access it but the computer they are attached to has to be running, probably no sleep or hibernation interaction for most reliability.

Reading between the lines I'd presume you'd like other devices to have access to something like Pictures or Music, etc., so to that end I'll relate the way I did it. I have 2 x 2TB HDDs connected by Ethernet cable to my 4-port Router and 8-port Switch setup, can access both through Mapping on Windows, Linux and Mac computers, both Wired and Wireless/Wi-Fi. It resolves any issue for any one computer have to be running. I also have 2 printers set up the same way, inkjet and laserjet.

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Well, I have two hard drives on my computer. The C drive hosts all the system files and the Windows installation while the E drive has my games and my music. Do I have to format the E drive when I install 7, or do I only have to format the C drive ? I am running XP at the moment.

Answer:Installing Windows 7 with two HDDs

  
Quote: Originally Posted by StenL


Well, I have two hard drives on my computer. The C drive hosts all the system files and the Windows installation while the E drive has my games and my music. Do I have to format the E drive when I install 7, or do I only have to format the C drive ? I am running XP at the moment.


You just select one drive for the install of the OS itself to go to, assumably the XP one, and it will overwrite it.

You don't need to format things yourself. If you just do a clean install on top of your XP installation, it should simply more your prior install to the windows.old folder where you can go in to retrieve files later if there's anything you forget to back up.

You can leave any other drives untouched as long as they're not somehow part of the OS. You might even want to physically disconnect your E drive temporarily though just to ensure you don't accidentally install to it, get the 100MB system reserved partition accidentally installed to it, etc.

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PC stats:

* Year 2004
* Intel Pentium IV 3.2Ghz
* 1024mb RAM


Warning: I am clueless about PCs when it comes to hardware etc (despite the fact that I got an IT degree!)

Okay, the story is my C: drive (80gigs) is stuffed, something to do with the registry. So I got a second HDD (250gigs) which is now my D:drive. However, my friend that installed the second HDD, had to install Windows on it to be able to make it work (?) I've also been told I need a full version of Windows, I only have an upgrade version. Does this make a difference?

1) I want to be able to access both HDD from one Windows. I want the new HDD to be C:drive.

2) I also will need to reformat the current C:drive.

So I need to know how to do 1 & 2 above.

Please help! I want to be able to play WoW again without my PC rebooting itself everytime I dieee!!!

Answer:I have Windows installed on 2 HDDs!!!

Ok, that can easily be fixed. You do infact need a full copy of windows XP but then just start up windows xp and wipe out both Hd's. Then just move your second one to the master setup if you are using IDE and then reinstall windows on the HD that you want to be master.

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hi everyone

That's what we all want, right....

I have a G30-182, Windows Vista 32 bit. An external HHD, DW of 1 TB. Now 3 years old and time for some serious upgrading.

What I like about the G30 is the big and very nice screen, as a photographer I find the graphics excellent and accurate . One of the shortcomings is the primary HHD speed as far as I can tell. Windows performance index says 4.2 which is totally unacceptable in 2010.

So what to do?

I just upgraded the RAM to 2 x 2GB Kingston HyperX, which gave a tremendous boost. The specs are Product code: KHX5300S2LLK2/4G, DDR2 SDRAM, time 4-4-4-12, CL 4, 667 MHz, SO DIMM 200-pin, 1.8 V. The pricing is fair, and I suppose it's better than the original Toshiba RAM which is of older date. I sure encourage everybody to do the same.

So what's next. I think an upgrade to Win 7. I think there are so many guidelines in this forum, I don't expect much trouble here.

But how about a couple of new HHDs? Can anybody advice me on this, please.

I would like faster HHDs and a bigger ones maybe. Will this be a good choice: 2 X Toshiba MK5055GSX - harddisk - 500 GB -serial SATA-300 - tranferrate 300 MBps - buffer size 8 MB.

- but then comes the installation, huh.. I have no idea.

regards
Fresnell
CPH

Answer:Qosmio G30 - Upgrade to Windows 7 and better HDDs

Hi,

The G30 should be able to run Win7 fine. I can see the drivers here: http://support.toshiba-tie.co.jp/windows7/drivers_au.htm

That 500GB HDD should be considerably faster due to the new technologies used.

However if you want amazing performance, you should consider getting a 64GB SSD for the primary drive, and install a 500GB in the 2nd bay.

Since SSD's have virtually no Access Times, Windows will boot up at least twice as fast (mine actually boots up 4x faster due to my Virus scanner), and Swap disk performance will be much faster.
The only problem is that they are expensive.

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I plan to set up a partition on my main "C" HDD using GParted & install Windows 7 beta so I can dual boot Windows 7 & XP.  I happen to have a 2nd "D" HDD on my computer.  If I instead install Windows 7 on the 2nd "D" HDD, will I be able to then dual boot with XP on "C" and Windows 7 on "D", or is it necessary for all operating systems be on the same HDD in order to be presented with the dual boot option at bootup?

Answer:Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP With 2 HDDs

With my luck I have found it best to install the Operating systems one at a time. That is only have one hardrive hooked up to the mobo for each seperate OS. Then once each os is installed hook them all up and use the BIOS boot menu to choose what harddrive to boot from. This way this OSes cannot mess with the MBR on the other drives and prevent boot of those drivesAt this moment i am having trouble with having my xp drive set up as ntfs along with vista so you might want to try paining down to fat32 for your xp drive. I have Windows 7 running inside a virtual machine and it seams to run quite a bit faster than vista. im waiting for another harddrive to come on so it can have its own hdd then i will try duel boot with it my self

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I'm still on XP and since support is being cut very soon I'm getting ready to switch to Windows 7. Just a small silly question, my setup right now is one HDD for the OS and two big HDDs for storage, do I need to do anything to the non-OS HDDs or will they be good to go once Windows 7 is installed?

Answer:Upgrading to Windows 7, are non-OS HDDs affected?

Assuming you have NTFS file system on the data Drives, you may have some initial issues actually accessing the data, this is a function of NTFS file security, Basically your new UserID on windows 7 will not match your current XP one

This is an issue that is seen often, but can be a little off putting

I posted a solution at our sister site Eightforums, a short while ago - you may want to have a read through before you make the change

Solved Going insane with Access Denied - please please help.

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Hi Guys

I recently had Windows 7 Pro installed onto my 80GB HDD.
This was the only HDD plugged in when the installation too place.

Now, when I plug in either of my other internal HDDs, windows will not detect either.
I have tried different jumper and IDE cable settings but it will not detect either of the other hard drives.

Any ideas?

Also, while im thinking about it, what is the best way to set up in terms of HDDS and IDE cables and jumpers?

I guess windows 7 should be plugged into IDE 1 Primary
Does it matter if i used IDE 1 secondary or IDE 2 primary/secdondary for disc drives and other internal hard drives?
Should I have my windows HDD jumper set to 'master with slave' and any other HDD(s) set to 'slave'?

Cheers
Soph

Answer:Windows not detecting internal HDDS

I would always use the first IDE port and the primary position for my system drive. It shouldn't matter where you put the rest of the drives, though, as long as you jumper them properly.

If these drives are partitioned and have data, then make sure the jumpers are correct and that the data and power cables are plugged in securely. If they are blank drives, you may have to go into Disk Management to format them and assign drive letters. Another way to tell is in the BIOS. If they show there, then you should see them in Disk Management. If they don't show in the BIOS, you may have a cabling issue.

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Here's the lowdown on my problem. I have a 120GB PATA HDD on Primary Master IDE and a 160GB SATA HDD. Each drive is partitioned into two so that the 120GB is C: and D: and the 160GB is E: and F: and Windows is installed on C:. I just bought a 250GB SATA HDD that I have installed. The goal was to do a clean install of Windows (XP Pro SP2) on the new hard drive and leave the other drives intact as secondary drives on the new Windows - with the ability to boot back into the old Windows for whatever reason.

The Windows XP installation would not let me install on the new drive because it said that data had to be written to the 120GB drive on IDE but to do that a new partition had to be created but to do that the old partitions had to be deleted. Anyway to get around this problem I disconnected both the 120GB PATA and the 160GB SATA. Then I was able to install Windows on the new drive. I created two partitions on the new drive as well so the new Windows already has C: and D:.

I then reconnected the 2 old drives but they do not appear in the new Windows. Disk Management does detect them but they don't have drive letters and I'm not able to assign drive letters. The only option available is to delete the existing partition on each which I'm not prepared to do. I know that normally when you add a secondary hard drive which is already formatted and has partitions Windows will recognize those partitions. So I expected the new Windows to recognize the old drives and partitions.
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Answer:Windows not recognizing secondary HDDs

the simplest suggestion i could say is to check BIOS.

reboot the box
enter setup or bios
look around for your boot config
and also make sure your Primary Master/slave and Secondary Master/slave are set to auto instead of user

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