1.    23 Jan 2010 #1
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    Windows Vista Registry Repair?


    Dear all,

    I have a serious problem with my Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit OS (SP2 installed).

    It all started when my CD/DVD-Drive was not recognised anymore in Windows Explorer, Windows Device-Manager and even BIOS. This problem was caused by Audiograbber Software Installation & Use.

    It is a known bug in Vista. Microsoft has set up an automatic "Fix-this" utility. Or can choose to manually fix the problem. This includes deleting some Registry Entries (UpperFilter and LowerFilter), which are responsible for Disc-Drive control in Vista.

    As the automatic fix did not work for me I decided to manually delete Upperfilter and Lowerfilter Registry Entries (without making a backup prior). I screwed it all up! The consequence: Vista-Startup got stuck in bluescreen/restart loop.

    The automatic Windows startup repair could not fix the problem. I tried every entry in the F8 Boot Menu without success, even Safe Mode and "start from last known working configuration" won't work.

    Unfortunately I havn't set any system restore points or backup (I disabled Vista Restore and backup Center to free up much needed HD space).

    The only working thing I can access from F8 Boot Menu is the old MS-Dos Console (also Command prompt).

    Acer did not supply any Windows Recovery Disc or Vista installation Disc with my notebook, Vista was preinstalled as OEM software.

    So, what can I do now to fix this serious problem? Is there any possibility to repair the registry, maybe with a special program like Registry Mechanic 9? And is this possible from the MS-Dos Console?

    Is it possible to import a working registry from another Vista System?

    Fortunately I saved my personal data to another partition.

    For OEM/System-Builder Software Support, Microsoft charges 75 euro (approx. 80 dollar) !!!

    OEM-Software-Support is handled exclusively by the computer-manufacturer, in my case, Acer.

    So I contacted Acer Support for my problem. They did not even reply !!!

    I am grateful for any assistance to my problem.

    Michel

    <--- EDIT --->

    Link to the Microsoft "Fix-It"-Tool for UpperFilter and LowerFilter related Disc-Drive problems in Vista. This page does also include a tutorial on manually editing the registry.

    !!! Manually editing the registry can harm your system to the extent Windows won't startup at all. Therefore I strongly advice you not to edit/add/delete Registry Entries unless you know what you are doing !!!

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060/en-us

    Scroll down to my next post to see how the dinosaur MS-Dos Console can be a great tool, even today, to restore/edit your system when everything else won't work anymore.

    <--- EDIT --->
    Last edited by YinYangBoy; 28 Jan 2010 at 17:35. Reason: For better understanding. Added a link.
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  2.    23 Jan 2010 #2
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    Re: Windows Vista Registry Repair?


    hello
    If you have access to a working pc with a cd/dvd drive, you can download and burn your own recovery discs..... http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/

    If you want to restore to factory settings, hold the alt key down, restart machine and tap the f11 key, should get you back to factory settings....good luck

    PS: I think you will lose the data on the other partition.. (unless it's a different hdd)
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  3.    24 Jan 2010 #3
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    Re: Windows Vista Registry Repair?


    I'm back,

    I found the solution for my problem

    I located a hidden partition on my HD labled X: where Acer stores the Recovery-Disc of my Vista.

    X: is not shown in Windows Explorer, but is accessible from the MS-Dos Console.

    A look in the Acer user manual gives the tools to start recovery from X:

    Follow these steps:

    Press ALT + F10 during Acer Logo-Flashscreen at bootup.

    You are offered a choice to do a full recovery of Vista from X: or access data on a Disc.

    I restored my system from X:.

    Everything works fine again. My data on partitions D: and E: were not deleted

    Thanks God now I don't have to spend a penny.

    @ Kenny: Thx for your quick assistance, much appreciated. By the way, do you know where I can get Vista Service Packs 1 + 2 on Disc? The total download for SP1 + SP2 is somewhat around 1 GB. I have a Max. Data-Transfer-Limit set for my mobile internet-flat which is 5 GB for 20 euro/month. It is reached already for this month Now for every additional Data-Transfer I pay 0,10 Euro-Cent/MB. Way too much!

    Greets from Luxembourg.

    Michel

    P.S.: On the attached Screenshot you can see how the recovery screen looks like when everything's done. Cheers
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    Last edited by YinYangBoy; 28 Jan 2010 at 16:06. Reason: Editing Text for better understanding and adding picture.
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  4.    24 Jan 2010 #4
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    Re: Windows Vista Registry Repair?


    hello:

    congrats... I don't know of any sp1 & sp2 on discs.... do you mean you have dial up?

    here is a standalone version of sp1... Download details: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone (KB936330)

    and here is a standalone version of sp2.... Download details: Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 - Five Language Standalone (KB948465)

    But in between sp1 and sp2 i think you have to update from internet explorer 7 to IE8, to be able to install sp2.... maybe you can download over night, or a friend has high speed you can download and burn to disc...... GOOD LUCK !!
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  5.    24 Jan 2010 #5
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    Re: Windows Vista Registry Repair?


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    Last edited by YinYangBoy; 28 Jan 2010 at 16:10.
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  6.    24 Jan 2010 #6
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    Re: Windows Vista Registry Repair?


    I want to mark this thread as resolved. How can I do this?
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  7.    24 Jan 2010 #7
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    Re: Windows Vista Registry Repair?


    So in other words it will cost around $10.00 american money, wow
    If you download the standalone packages in my links and burn to disc, you will always have them and not have to download again..(if you reinstall) or a friend needs them!!

    Do them at the beginning of the month, then be careful not to download too much that month... good luck

    ***EDIT*** I don't know how to mark it solved. (thats a good question)
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  8.    28 Jan 2010 #8
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    Re: Windows Vista Registry Repair?


    @ Kenny: I edited my post above and added a Screenshot.

    I want to thank you very much for your kind help.

    Cu soon

    P.S.: I upgraded my Max. Mobile-Internet-Data-Transfer-Rate.

    Now I have 25GB for 30 Euro/month. YES!
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