Windows 10: Erased registry wow6432node , IT guy reinstalled but...

  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Erased wow6432node on registry,reinstalled W10,can I go back from .old


    Hello guys,

    I have a Dell laptop provided by my employer with Windows 10

    This morning, I really messed up and erased the folder WOW6432NODE instead of an entry in it as I was supposed to do. To be specific --> Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node
    The system immediately felt strange and explore.exe and other things did not work.
    I restarted the laptop and unfortunately there was a sad face and a blue screen with a message saying that an important process was killed. I do not remember. When I tried to go to advanced settings to recover, the system said there were no administrators signed in, etc. I went to the IT department and the guy tried to enable the administrator profile using command prompt via an USB stick but still it did not work. He proceeded to reinstall Windows 10 and now I only have the Windows.old folder with 80 gb of data (that's just programs, as I store my personal data on their servers directly) which I am currently backing up on my Dropbox, since the IT guy wants to do a full restart of the system tomorrow morning.

    However, I do not want to go trough the pain of installing everything, plus settings, etc.

    I found this link --> https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...windows-instal for Windows 7, and somebody says it should apply to Windows 10.

    I also found this link What Happens if You Delete the Entire Windows Registry? where they state that Windows backs up a copy of the registry by default on %WINDIR%\System32\config\RegBack\

    I went to that folder on my Windows.old and I actually found some files from a week ago. They are called DEFAULT (1.6 MB), SAM (52 Kb), SYSTEM 14.2 MB), SOFTWARE, (95 MB) SECURITY (40 Kb).


    Do you guys really think that this is a potentially useful way to get my computer back in the form I had it?

    I really do not want to go through the trouble of installing everything again so I need to feel some assurance that it will work as I have two deadlines very soon.

    Thank you very much for your time guys

    Sincerely,


    Daniel
    Last edited by danmo888; 1 Week Ago at 16:44.
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       1 Week Ago #2

    I went to that folder on my Windows.old and I actually found some files from a week ago. They are called DEFAULT (1.6 MB), SAM (52 Kb), SYSTEM 14.2 MB), SOFTWARE, (95 MB) SECURITY (40 Kb)
    You should have done this first by booting up the Recovery Disk and copy everything in regback folder to the config folder. Normally, the files in Regback folder are created by creating a system restore point, run by Schedule Maintenence once a week or can also be run on demand from Task Scheduler (Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Task Scheduler->Task Scheduler Library->Microsoft->Windows->Registry) then right click on: RegIdlwBackup->Run.

    Do you guys really think that this is a potentially useful way to get my computer back in the form I had it?
    Yes, it will bring back to the form when those Files were backup (A week ago as you said)
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