Access Windows Registry from Different OS?

I am trying to fix the registry of a computer the crashed.

In order to do that I need to access the Registry of the broken computer from my computer.

I currently have the broken computer's hardrive as a slave drive in my comp as in my Drive F:

From my hardrive (Windows XP) what tools / ways can I access and fix the registry from a different OS?


3 Answers

  • doug
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    If you can access the hard drive in question from your computer, I take it that the hard drive has not crashed, in which case there must be another solution, IMO. I suppose you already tried safe mode and restore and other boot options?

    However, I do seem to recall that you can export and import registry files in regedit. If that is the case, then it may in fact be possible to access the registry in the manner you wish, if the folder (I assume the system folder) is accessible, which it may not be.

    “In Windows XP, 2000, and 2003 there are several Registry files. These files are named without a file extension and are stored in the Windows\System32\Config folder. These files are named Software, System, SAM, Security, Default, and UserDiff. There is one more Registry file and it does have a file extension, NTuser.dat. In Windows XP, 2000 and 2003. NTuser.dat is stored in the users folder under the Documents and Settings folder. Each user has their own NTuser.dat file. The NTuser.dat file stores all settings that each user selects; these settings will override settings stored in the System file”

    Whether or not regedit will open these files in this way, I can’t say. Frankly I will be surprised if you can access the system folder at all without booting the drive.

    Good luck to you.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The registry consists of 4 data files. If you have to ask the qwuestion, you won't be able to read the files (they're not designed to be human readable), let alone write them in a way that won't make the computer crash harder.

    Depending on exactly what's wrong with the registry (if you plan on fixing it you must know what you were going to fix - IOW what's broken), CCleaner may do the job - when the drive is back as the boot drive.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, it is possible. This may sound strange but if I have to explain how to do it, you wouldn't understand the steps or why it works.

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