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Windows Vista Registry Repair?

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#1
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) !!! :eek:

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 --->
 
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    2 GB DDR2 667 MHz up to 4 GB
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    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT TurboCache 512 MB up to 1280 MB
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    Realtek High Definition Audio
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    17" WUXGA full HD Acer CrystalBrite LCD
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    1920x1200 32 bit
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    500 GB dual HDD (250 GBx2 Western Digital)
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#2
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/windows-vista-recovery-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
I'm back,

I found the solution for my problem :D

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 :D

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 :huh: 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:party:
 

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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 7720G
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.20 GHz 800 MHz FSB L2 Cache 4 MB
    Memory
    2 GB DDR2 667 MHz up to 4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT TurboCache 512 MB up to 1280 MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" WUXGA full HD Acer CrystalBrite LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 32 bit
    Hard Drives
    500 GB dual HDD (250 GBx2 Western Digital)
    Mouse
    Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Azerti Swiss French
    Internet Speed
    7.2 Mbps
    Other Info
    Fed up with Acer Support!
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#4
hello: :party:

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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    acer aspire 6930
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    Sound Card
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    Hard Drives
    320GB
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#5
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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 7720G
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.20 GHz 800 MHz FSB L2 Cache 4 MB
    Memory
    2 GB DDR2 667 MHz up to 4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT TurboCache 512 MB up to 1280 MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" WUXGA full HD Acer CrystalBrite LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 32 bit
    Hard Drives
    500 GB dual HDD (250 GBx2 Western Digital)
    Mouse
    Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Azerti Swiss French
    Internet Speed
    7.2 Mbps
    Other Info
    Fed up with Acer Support!
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#6
I want to mark this thread as resolved. How can I do this?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 7720G
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.20 GHz 800 MHz FSB L2 Cache 4 MB
    Memory
    2 GB DDR2 667 MHz up to 4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT TurboCache 512 MB up to 1280 MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" WUXGA full HD Acer CrystalBrite LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 32 bit
    Hard Drives
    500 GB dual HDD (250 GBx2 Western Digital)
    Mouse
    Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Azerti Swiss French
    Internet Speed
    7.2 Mbps
    Other Info
    Fed up with Acer Support!
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Location
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#7
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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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    acer aspire 6930
    Memory
    3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Hard Drives
    320GB
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#8
@ Kenny: I edited my post above and added a Screenshot.

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

Cu soon :D

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

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

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 7720G
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.20 GHz 800 MHz FSB L2 Cache 4 MB
    Memory
    2 GB DDR2 667 MHz up to 4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT TurboCache 512 MB up to 1280 MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" WUXGA full HD Acer CrystalBrite LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 32 bit
    Hard Drives
    500 GB dual HDD (250 GBx2 Western Digital)
    Mouse
    Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Azerti Swiss French
    Internet Speed
    7.2 Mbps
    Other Info
    Fed up with Acer Support!

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