Windows 2000 Repair Utility for Registry

Windows 2000 Repair Utility for Registry

If you have Microsoft Windows 2000, the registry will experience some problems from time to time. However, you can do home computer repair to take care of these problems. If things go beyond your control, you can even involve a computer repair technician working with a remote computer support company and save considerable amount of time and money. The remote pc support technicians help you resolve all your computer related problems within few minutes. But, before we discuss the services of computer tech support company, let’s understand the functioning of Windows 2000 repair utility.

The main reason for registry problems with Windows 2000 is the small size of the registry, which is only 16 MB. Whenever this size exceeds 10 MB, you start getting startup problems.

Note that if your registry is corrupt, there is a risk of serious system errors and the computer may even become unbootable. The most widely used
 Windows 2000 repair utility is the Chkreg.exe command-line. Chkreg.exe is used for Windows 2000 Server, 2000 Advanced Server, 2000 Professional Edition, 2000, 2000 SP2, and 2000 SP3. You should not use the utility for SBS 2003 because conclusive tests have not been carried out. Chkreg.exe will help you determine the size of the registry and this will help you make informed decisions. You can get Chkreg.exe from Microsoft’s download center. 

Using Chkreg.exe command

Chkreg.exe command can be used with different options. chkreg /f filename [.log] will specify the name o the registry hive you intend to analyze. chkreg /f/H: will give you access to Chkreg.exe help. chkreg /f/D [ level ] will help you delete subkeys that fall on the level specified. The whole hive will be deleted if you do not specify the level. You should be very careful not to delete what you do not intend to delete. You will be prompted before deletion as a security measure. chkreg /f/S [ bin ] option is used to display usage of space on the bin you have specified. If you do not specify the bin, what will be displayed will be the space usage for your entire hive. chkreg /f/C option is used to compact the hive specified. Note that this utility will not compact a corrupt or bad hive. chkreg /f/L will detect all lost spaces. chkreg /f/R will repair the hive. chkreg /f/V will enable Verbose mode for more detailed information.

Microsoft Office 2000 is a major cause of registry problems in Windows 2000. To use the this registry repair utility if you had installed SR-1 update before May 12, 2000, you will first need to install the Office 2000 Service Release 1a (SR-1a) Update. This includes the Windows 2000 Registry Repair Utility and Office 2000 SR-1.

Note that some of your data may be lost during registry clean-up or fixing, but this depends on the type of the problem. You should be careful when dealing with registry because there is a risk of serious system problems. You should therefore do all you can to prevent the occurrence of registry problems in the first place. You can use registry maintenance tools for this. These are available online, but you should make sure it is OS-specific. These tools perform both preventive and proactive monitoring of your system. You should therefore create a backup, especially for data on the C partition, and you should create a system restore point.

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