The Windows registry editor allows you to access certain configuration settings that may be unavailable from the GUI. Some knowledgeable users enjoy tweaking the registry for the fun of it but others do it to troubleshoot various problems. However, I must remind you that the registry contains low-level operating system components that if incorrectly set or accidentally deleted can result in your computer not starting properly! However, you can restore the registry using the Last Known Good Configuration option found in the boot up process.
Windows PE enables you to boot a computer directly into memory (RAM Drive) and run various tools such as, deployment and recovery ones! To create a bootable Windows PE CD or DVD media and install the ImageX Windows WAIK tools perform the following steps:
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- Install Windows AIK tools on your computer
- From ALL Programs\Windows AIK open the Deployment Tools Command Prompt
- Create a local Windows PE build directory as follows:
copype.cmd <architecture> <destination>
where <architecture> can be x86 for Windows 32-bit environment, amd64 for 64-bit (including Intel 64-bit processors) and ia64 for Intel Itanium architecture
while <destination> is the path to a local directory
copype.cmd x86 c:\winpe_x86 –> for the 32bit env or copype.cmd amd64 c:\winpe_amd64 –> for the 64bit env
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The main advantages of using flash drives instead of DVD-ROMs are becuase of their faster read speeds and ability to customize the installation image according to your needs such as, adding additional drivers! However, your computer must be able to boot from a USB device. A capacity of 4GB is required for a normal x64 installation image and about 3GB for the x86 one.
Follow these steps to perform an installation from a USB device:
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This Advanced Boot Option is ideal in situations when you have performed some system changes and your whole computer freakes out. This utility will allow you to revert back to the previous configuration that is known to have worked fine.
System changes take place when installing new applications and drivers. New stuff may conflict with other software and cause the system to malfunction! Invoking the Last Known Good Configuration will restore registry settings and driver settings that were in effect the last time the computer worked fine! Read more…
The Windows boot options allow you to use repair tools in case the system has loading problems. Press and Hold the function key F8 when the computer is booting from a restart or a power on. If the computer fails to boot from the hard drive, then use the Windows Installation DVD media. The following is a brief explanation of the boot options:
Repair Your Computer - more system recovery tools & diagnostics
Safe Mode – Loads a base system with a minimal set of functions
Safe Mode With Networking – Loads a base system with basic functions including networking
Safe Mode With Command Prompt – Loads a base system with basic functions and a command-line interface
This option in the Advanced Boot Options gives you further tools to diagnose and repair your system. To access this mode press F8 while booting either from the hard drive or the windows installation DVD media. Select Repair Your Computer option, select a keyboard input method and enter the administrator user password to load these options:
Startup Repair:- Fixes boot problems. Apart, from loading this feature manually, Windows may automatically boots to it if it had starting problems during a previous restart
System Restore:- It’s another option that leads you to a system restore process. It allows you to recover from incorrect system configuration changes that prevent your computer from booting up. In this case, you need to boot from the windows installation DVD media Read more…
Windows 7 boot mechanism is made up of the Windows boot manager (Bootmgr.exe), Windows operating system loader (Winload.exe) and Windows resume loader (Winresume.exe).
The boot configuration is stored in the BCD store and the Bcdedit tool provides a common interface for managing boot options. You must be a local administrator in order to perform configuration changes to your boot options.
- From the command prompt – (Start menu Search box type cmd and click the cmd icon on top)
- Type bcdedit /? to list the help for this utility.
For example the option bcdedit /set vga on, would load windows with a low resoltion VGA display driver on reboot.