Well, it wasn't the first time for sure but a rather rare event, I did something really stupid this past week. While reading the latest newsletter article discussing the Registry cleanup apps decided to clean up my Registry using CCleaner, it's been a long time. BIG MISTAKE.
I made a backup of the Registry when CCleaner offered to save the changes and continued. I rebooted just to make sure everything was OK, uh oh, it booted in Safe Mode, I hate it when that happens.
So, I restored the CCleaner registry backup, still boots in Safe Mode.
Hm, I'm getting a little uncomfortable now.
Performed a System Restore to earlier in the morning when an MS update was installed, still boots in Safe Mode.
OK, performed a System Restore to the previous day, still boots in Safe Mode and the System Restore was unable to complete.
OK, performed a System Restore to the day previous to that, still boots in Safe Mode and the System Restore was unable to complete.
Well, maybe I'll restore the CCleaner registry backup file again just to make sure, duh, it's gone, no longer where I saved it. Apparently the System Restore deleted it and no, it's not in the Recycle Bin.
OK, time to do an Install/Repair of Windows XP based on a previous article (Langa Letter June 19,2006 at Information Week) using a slipstreamed SP3 DVD which I've used before.
I went through the booting of the WXP/SP3 install dvd and when I got to the screen where you select a volume and then (R)epair, there was no Repair option (see image), only:
- To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER.
- To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
- To delete the selected partition, press D.
Now, this computer is dual-boot, it came with Vista and is the primary OS, maybe the cause of my problem . . . WXP is configured to be the OS to boot.
Just to double-check, I went through the same procedure on another WXP computer that wasn't dual-boot and the Repair option was there.
Now I'm kind of up a creek as they say unless someone can lead me through some procedure where I can complete the Install/Repair.
Thanks for any pointers, I'm game for just about anything at this point.