Edit Registry without booting windows

I need to edit the Windows Vista registry but Windows won't boot (that's why I need to edit the registry). How can I edit the registry from outside of Windows? I have Linux mint installed on another partition and I have tried chntpw but couldn't figure it out.
 

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Bare Foot Kid

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Hello gerbilplane, welcome to Vista Forums!





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

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Dwarf

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    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
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Dwarf

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I would try my suggestion. What happens when Windows boots is it makes a copy of the current registry data files. It only does this after a successful boot. This copy is not modified in any way in the current session. If changes are made to the registry during the current session, these are saved in the normal registry data files. When you next boot up, the system attempts to use these files, and, if it can, it boots up and makes a copy of them as described above. If it can't boot up, for whatever reason, this copy is not made. Of course, the earlier copy is still available, and it is this copy that is used when you select the option Last Known Good Configuration (advanced).
 

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    Intel Core-i5-3570K 4-core @ 3.4GHz (Ivy Bridge) (OC 4.2GHz)
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    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
    Memory
    4 x 4GB DDR3-1600 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GeForce GTX770 Gaming OC 2GB
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    Realtek High Definition on board solution (ALC 898)
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    ViewSonic VA1912w Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
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    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III x2 (RAID 0)
    Samsung HD501LJ 500GB SATA II x2
    Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1TB SATA II
    Iomega 1.5TB Ext USB 2.0
    WD 2.0TB Ext USB 3.0
    PSU
    XFX Pro Series 850W Semi-Modular
    Case
    Gigabyte IF233
    Cooling
    1 x 120mm Front Inlet 1 x 120mm Rear Exhaust
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Mouse 3000 for Business (USB)
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 (USB)
    Internet Speed
    NetGear DG834Gv3 ADSL Modem/Router (Ethernet) ~4.0 Mb/s (O2)
    Other Info
    Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH10LS30 SATA Bluray
    Lexmark S305 Printer/Scanner/Copier (USB)
    WEI Score: 8.1/8.1/8.5/8.5/8.25
    Asus Eee PC 1011PX Netbook (Windows 7 x86 Starter)
I just tried pressing F8 but as soon as I hit enter to boot into windows from Grub it immediately goes to the screen "Windows failed to start a recent hardware or software change might be the cause" and tells me use the automatic boot repair but that doesn't find anything wrong.
 

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