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    'MIssing' registry file

    I was re-installing Norton AntiVirus 2002 on my WME system. The installation got as far as asking if I wanted to create the emergency startup disks and then froze. Prior to starting the re-install, I had checked to make sure that there weren't any other installations of NAV present.

    Now on startup, instead of breezing through hardware initialization and proceeding automatically into WME startup, the computer stops after hardware initialization and displays "press DEL to continue." Upon pressing DEL, the display clears and shows starting "Windows ME..." After some minutes, I am presented with the boot choices screen - Normal, Computer with, and without CD support. Upon choosing Normal, the display goes blank except for a blinking underline. Then, after some minutes, I get the following message.

    "Registry file not found. Registry services may be inoperative for this session."

    After this, nothing happens although the disk light blinks every once in a while and then stops blinking at all.

    I have booted into MSDOS mode and run "SCANREG /fix" which appeared to perform a fix. I ran it again and SCANREG checked all steps and halted.

    My system is a Dell Dimension 4100.

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    Re: 'MIssing' registry file

    If you are missing a registry file I hope you have a backup that you can reload from DOS. That's the only way short of a complete reload that I know of to recover.

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    Re: 'MIssing' registry file

    Doesn't ME backup the registry at each startup? If so, can one locate those files (MSFT Support article 266270 - Description of the Registry Files in Windows Millennium Edition) and get ME to "see" them? Also, don't understand why ME doesn't find a registry when SCANREG appears to complete the "fix" process.
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    Re: 'MIssing' registry file

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by bigaldoc on 05-Feb-03 08:33. )</P>The automatic backup files for WinME are normally saved in C:WindowsSysbackup (rb001.cab, etc.) Quite possibly (I haven't done it with ME) you need to run SCANREG /RESTORE rather than /fix.

    Edited to add: Possibly you should also look <!post=at this post,220827>at this post<!/post> by R2. Although it was specifically addressing Win98, I don't think the process for WinME is too different. It's probably pertinent.

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    Re: 'MIssing' registry file

    Hi kjavery

    You say you can get to a DOS prompt.......
    at the prompt type:

    c:windowscommandscanreg /restore

    Note the space after "scanreg"

    You should be presented with a choice of backup files and their dates (ME should have 5, one each from your last 5 successful sessions.).
    Restore the registry from the most recent choice.....or, at least, the most recent you trust.
    Restart Windows normally. You should get a successful startup.

    If you don't have an emergency boot disk, you should make one. This can be done manually, or you can search the web for utilities which do a very good job.
    Include "windowsme boot disk emergency" in your search criteris. I you need any assistance, post a note here and someone will answer.

    Have a Great day!!!
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