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  1. Posts : 39
    Windows 10
       #1

    Missing Registry Folder


    The "Winlogon" folder is missing from my Registry. How do I replace, please. Can I copy from another machine?
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    Are you certain you are looking in the right place....

    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Make sure that you go to the Windows NT folder, not the Windows folder, under Microsoft .
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...7-4268e588b93d

    If it's truly missing, I don't see how Windows could run properly. But an in-place repair install can fix most things. See my answer on your other thread:
    Win 10 not asking for password
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  3. Posts : 39
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I promise the folder missing.
    I also tried restore and got this: PS. How do I stop my images falling over?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Missing Registry Folder-mac-office03.jpeg  
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    Arismac said:
    I also tried restore and got this: PS. How do I stop my images falling over?
    You said in post #6 on the other thread that... "... I do have a WindowsImageBackup...". Your screenshot is showing a failed attempt to apply a restore point, not a restore of a system image. It's saying that you don't have any restore points, not that there's no image to restore.

    You tried the Advanced option 'System Restore', the one you should use is 'System Image Recovery'.

    Missing Registry Folder-image.png.
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  5. Posts : 39
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Again my sincere thanks, Bree. The "System Image Recovery" on my machine is behind the "See more recovery options" and I did not go there. The machine is now restoring from the image.
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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    Arismac said:
    The machine is now restoring from the image.

    Easy mistake to make. The names are confusing, 'system restore' sounds like it ought to be the one you want.
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    Windows Home Dev 21xxx x64
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    For the record, default startup entries required to be able to run Windows.
    Code:
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v "Shell" /t REG_SZ /d "explorer.exe" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v "Userinit" /t REG_SZ /d "C:\Windows\System32\userinit.exe," /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v "Shell" /t REG_SZ /d "explorer.exe" /f
    reg add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager" /v "BootExecute" /t REG_MULTI_SZ /d "autocheck autochk *" /f
    reg add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager" /v "SETUPEXECUTE" /t REG_MULTI_SZ /d "" /f
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  8. Posts : 39
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Thankyou, but I am still concerned about the missing folder/files in the Registry Winlogon folder

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    Almost there, I think. The restore took a couple of hours but the machine now boots directly to “Automatic Repair” so it looks as though the faulty Registry is blocking startup, exactly as Bree forecast. It is time to reinstall W10 and then run “System Image Recovery” again?

    If yes where do I down load W10 and how do I go about this, please. About all I know is how get into the BIOS.I\

    I have down loaded "RefrehWindowsTool.exe" but as I cannot open W10 how do I run the tool, please?

    “Reset this PC” produces “There was a problem resetting your PC. No changes were made”

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    I will, if necessary purchase a new W10 and make a new install by pointing boot to a USB drive in the BIOS but am concerned that that would prevent me restoring the all-important WindowsImageBackup

    I do have the W10 password for OEM software which is installed in the faulty machine.
    Last edited by Arismac; 07 Mar 2020 at 22:05.
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  9. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
       #9

    Bree suggested trying a Repair install - it can fix a host of faults. It is not an installation but a repair procedure. Whilst you should backup your files first, it is not at all likely that any of them will be corrupted. You will have to allow WU to reinstall the latest Cumulative update afterwards and there might be some recent smaller updates to repeat as well but WU will sort all that out for you.
    Repair Install - TenForumsTutorials
    - This is, of course, assuming that you manage to resolve the startup error you reported because a Repair install is run from within Windows. And, if you do resolve that, this assumes that the Winlogon Registry Key problem is still there or, in other words, that there is still a fault to fix.

    A Repair install will be a lot less work than a full reinstallation.
    Clean Install - TenForumsTutorials
    But even then you will not need to buy a new W10 copy. If your current activation [Settings, Update, Activation] shows Windows is activated with a digital licence then you simply skip that step during reinstallation & your computer will re-activate when you go online afterwards.

    Denis
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  10. Posts : 39
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    Many thanks Denis. You are a member of a great team. You are quite correct, however I can not access W10 which only boots to "Automatic Repair" and there is no way to run an .exe file. From the "Automatic Repair" the only choice that works is "Advanced Options --> Troubleshoot --> Advanced options --> System Image Recovery". I did this but machine still only boots to "Automatic Repair". If you drop out thank you for trying.
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