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BlazeFind loop Recovery Console wrong drive letter

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Wolverine Gene, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Wolverine Gene

    Wolverine Gene Flightless Bird

    Hi: When I go into the Recovery Console, the choice I get is #1 C: drive.
    When I installed XP or did a recovery, don't remember, my main drive changed
    to F: Drive by itself. I can't get the repair to work to get me out of the
    log on loop to do a repair of USERINIT. How can I change my choice to F:
    Drive. thanks...Gene
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Wolverine Gene" <Wolverine Gene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in
    news item news:F09C4180-85D0-469B-893E-9325B1AE21D5@microsoft.com...
    > Hi: When I go into the Recovery Console, the choice I get is #1 C: drive.
    > When I installed XP or did a recovery, don't remember, my main drive
    > changed
    > to F: Drive by itself. I can't get the repair to work to get me out of
    > the
    > log on loop to do a repair of USERINIT. How can I change my choice to F:
    > Drive. thanks...Gene


    Do you have a problem while in Recovery Console mode or while in Normal
    mode? Also - what is the recent history of this machine?
     
  3. Wolverine Gene

    Wolverine Gene Flightless Bird

    "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Wolverine Gene" <Wolverine Gene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in
    > news item news:F09C4180-85D0-469B-893E-9325B1AE21D5@microsoft.com...
    > > Hi: When I go into the Recovery Console, the choice I get is #1 C: drive.
    > > When I installed XP or did a recovery, don't remember, my main drive
    > > changed
    > > to F: Drive by itself. I can't get the repair to work to get me out of
    > > the
    > > log on loop to do a repair of USERINIT. How can I change my choice to F:
    > > Drive. thanks...Gene

    >
    > Do you have a problem while in Recovery Console mode or while in Normal
    > mode? Also - what is the recent history of this machine?
    > I go into Recovery Console mode without any problem. I don't know what you mean by Normal mode. I built this machine maybe 6 years ago and it preformed flawless until I got Netsky and Rootkit virus's plus whatever else in it. After I ran Spybot, I got in the log on log off cycle

    mode?
     
  4. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Wolverine Gene" <WolverineGene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in news
    item news:54FBC572-6052-4777-B4F2-2FC23CF2106E@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Wolverine Gene" <Wolverine Gene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in
    >> news item news:F09C4180-85D0-469B-893E-9325B1AE21D5@microsoft.com...
    >> > Hi: When I go into the Recovery Console, the choice I get is #1 C:
    >> > drive.
    >> > When I installed XP or did a recovery, don't remember, my main drive
    >> > changed
    >> > to F: Drive by itself. I can't get the repair to work to get me out of
    >> > the
    >> > log on loop to do a repair of USERINIT. How can I change my choice to
    >> > F:
    >> > Drive. thanks...Gene

    >>
    >> Do you have a problem while in Recovery Console mode or while in Normal
    >> mode? Also - what is the recent history of this machine?
    >> I go into Recovery Console mode without any problem. I don't know what
    >> you mean by Normal mode. I built this machine maybe 6 years ago and it
    >> preformed flawless until I got Netsky and Rootkit virus's plus whatever
    >> else in it. After I ran Spybot, I got in the log on log off cycle

    > mode?


    With "Normal Mode" I meant the way Windows normally boots up, i.e. not Safe
    Mode and not Recovery Console.

    To me an infected machine is a compromised machine. I never try to fix them
    because I no longer trust them.

    You can modify the System drive letter back to C: by booting up normally,
    then running regedit.exe and renaming this value:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\F:
    to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C:
    If the value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C: already
    exists then you can delete it safely.

    Whether this will solve all of your problems is another question - see
    above. Remember that virus scanners are here to keep viruses out. They
    cannot possibly fix all the damage done by viruses.
     
  5. Wolverine Gene

    Wolverine Gene Flightless Bird

    "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Wolverine Gene" <WolverineGene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in news
    > item news:54FBC572-6052-4777-B4F2-2FC23CF2106E@microsoft.com...
    > >
    > >
    > > "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:
    > >
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "Wolverine Gene" <Wolverine Gene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in
    > >> news item news:F09C4180-85D0-469B-893E-9325B1AE21D5@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Hi: When I go into the Recovery Console, the choice I get is #1 C:
    > >> > drive.
    > >> > When I installed XP or did a recovery, don't remember, my main drive
    > >> > changed
    > >> > to F: Drive by itself. I can't get the repair to work to get me out of
    > >> > the
    > >> > log on loop to do a repair of USERINIT. How can I change my choice to
    > >> > F:
    > >> > Drive. thanks...Gene
    > >>
    > >> Do you have a problem while in Recovery Console mode or while in Normal
    > >> mode? Also - what is the recent history of this machine?
    > >> I go into Recovery Console mode without any problem. I don't know what
    > >> you mean by Normal mode. I built this machine maybe 6 years ago and it
    > >> preformed flawless until I got Netsky and Rootkit virus's plus whatever
    > >> else in it. After I ran Spybot, I got in the log on log off cycle

    > > mode?

    >
    > With "Normal Mode" I meant the way Windows normally boots up, i.e. not Safe
    > Mode and not Recovery Console.
    >
    > To me an infected machine is a compromised machine. I never try to fix them
    > because I no longer trust them.
    >
    > You can modify the System drive letter back to C: by booting up normally,
    > then running regedit.exe and renaming this value:
    > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\F:
    > to
    > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C:
    > If the value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C: already
    > exists then you can delete it safely.
    >
    > Whether this will solve all of your problems is another question - see
    > above. Remember that virus scanners are here to keep viruses out. They
    > cannot possibly fix all the damage done by viruses.
    >

    I have no Normal Mode, all I get is a log on screen and then it instantly
    goes to log out screen. Can't even run safe mode. I was just hoping to run
    this crippled until I put in a new drive and a new reload. You are 100%
    right about fixing a compromised machine, they always have problems and never
    run as fast as they should. thanks for helping...Gene
    >
     
  6. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Wolverine Gene" <WolverineGene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in news
    item news:8A0D5EB8-DD96-4823-99AA-6D0E1BE8F800@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Wolverine Gene" <WolverineGene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in
    >> news
    >> item news:54FBC572-6052-4777-B4F2-2FC23CF2106E@microsoft.com...
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> "Wolverine Gene" <Wolverine Gene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this
    >> >> in
    >> >> news item news:F09C4180-85D0-469B-893E-9325B1AE21D5@microsoft.com...
    >> >> > Hi: When I go into the Recovery Console, the choice I get is #1 C:
    >> >> > drive.
    >> >> > When I installed XP or did a recovery, don't remember, my main drive
    >> >> > changed
    >> >> > to F: Drive by itself. I can't get the repair to work to get me out
    >> >> > of
    >> >> > the
    >> >> > log on loop to do a repair of USERINIT. How can I change my choice
    >> >> > to
    >> >> > F:
    >> >> > Drive. thanks...Gene
    >> >>
    >> >> Do you have a problem while in Recovery Console mode or while in
    >> >> Normal
    >> >> mode? Also - what is the recent history of this machine?
    >> >> I go into Recovery Console mode without any problem. I don't know
    >> >> what
    >> >> you mean by Normal mode. I built this machine maybe 6 years ago and
    >> >> it
    >> >> preformed flawless until I got Netsky and Rootkit virus's plus
    >> >> whatever
    >> >> else in it. After I ran Spybot, I got in the log on log off cycle
    >> > mode?

    >>
    >> With "Normal Mode" I meant the way Windows normally boots up, i.e. not
    >> Safe
    >> Mode and not Recovery Console.
    >>
    >> To me an infected machine is a compromised machine. I never try to fix
    >> them
    >> because I no longer trust them.
    >>
    >> You can modify the System drive letter back to C: by booting up normally,
    >> then running regedit.exe and renaming this value:
    >> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\F:
    >> to
    >> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C:
    >> If the value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C:
    >> already
    >> exists then you can delete it safely.
    >>
    >> Whether this will solve all of your problems is another question - see
    >> above. Remember that virus scanners are here to keep viruses out. They
    >> cannot possibly fix all the damage done by viruses.
    >>

    > I have no Normal Mode, all I get is a log on screen and then it instantly
    > goes to log out screen. Can't even run safe mode. I was just hoping to
    > run
    > this crippled until I put in a new drive and a new reload. You are 100%
    > right about fixing a compromised machine, they always have problems and
    > never
    > run as fast as they should. thanks for helping...Gene
    >


    You now need to edit the registry in off-line mode. Here is how it's done:
    1. Get yourself a 32-bit Windows 7 Repair CD from
    http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/.
    2. Boot the machine with it and select Repair, then Command Prompt.
    3. Locate your WinXP drive C:. It's probably drive E: or F:. I shall call it
    Q:.
    4. Launch regedit.exe.
    5. Load the System hive (Q:/Windows\System32\config\System) and modify the
    system drive letter as previously described.
     
  7. Wolverine Gene

    Wolverine Gene Flightless Bird

    Pegasus, I'll give it a try and really thanks for the help...Gene

    "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Wolverine Gene" <WolverineGene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in news
    > item news:8A0D5EB8-DD96-4823-99AA-6D0E1BE8F800@microsoft.com...
    > >
    > >
    > > "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:
    > >
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "Wolverine Gene" <WolverineGene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in
    > >> news
    > >> item news:54FBC572-6052-4777-B4F2-2FC23CF2106E@microsoft.com...
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Wolverine Gene" <Wolverine Gene@discussions.microsoft.com> said this
    > >> >> in
    > >> >> news item news:F09C4180-85D0-469B-893E-9325B1AE21D5@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> > Hi: When I go into the Recovery Console, the choice I get is #1 C:
    > >> >> > drive.
    > >> >> > When I installed XP or did a recovery, don't remember, my main drive
    > >> >> > changed
    > >> >> > to F: Drive by itself. I can't get the repair to work to get me out
    > >> >> > of
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> > log on loop to do a repair of USERINIT. How can I change my choice
    > >> >> > to
    > >> >> > F:
    > >> >> > Drive. thanks...Gene
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Do you have a problem while in Recovery Console mode or while in
    > >> >> Normal
    > >> >> mode? Also - what is the recent history of this machine?
    > >> >> I go into Recovery Console mode without any problem. I don't know
    > >> >> what
    > >> >> you mean by Normal mode. I built this machine maybe 6 years ago and
    > >> >> it
    > >> >> preformed flawless until I got Netsky and Rootkit virus's plus
    > >> >> whatever
    > >> >> else in it. After I ran Spybot, I got in the log on log off cycle
    > >> > mode?
    > >>
    > >> With "Normal Mode" I meant the way Windows normally boots up, i.e. not
    > >> Safe
    > >> Mode and not Recovery Console.
    > >>
    > >> To me an infected machine is a compromised machine. I never try to fix
    > >> them
    > >> because I no longer trust them.
    > >>
    > >> You can modify the System drive letter back to C: by booting up normally,
    > >> then running regedit.exe and renaming this value:
    > >> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\F:
    > >> to
    > >> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C:
    > >> If the value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C:
    > >> already
    > >> exists then you can delete it safely.
    > >>
    > >> Whether this will solve all of your problems is another question - see
    > >> above. Remember that virus scanners are here to keep viruses out. They
    > >> cannot possibly fix all the damage done by viruses.
    > >>

    > > I have no Normal Mode, all I get is a log on screen and then it instantly
    > > goes to log out screen. Can't even run safe mode. I was just hoping to
    > > run
    > > this crippled until I put in a new drive and a new reload. You are 100%
    > > right about fixing a compromised machine, they always have problems and
    > > never
    > > run as fast as they should. thanks for helping...Gene
    > >

    >
    > You now need to edit the registry in off-line mode. Here is how it's done:
    > 1. Get yourself a 32-bit Windows 7 Repair CD from
    > http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/.
    > 2. Boot the machine with it and select Repair, then Command Prompt.
    > 3. Locate your WinXP drive C:. It's probably drive E: or F:. I shall call it
    > Q:.
    > 4. Launch regedit.exe.
    > 5. Load the System hive (Q:/Windows\System32\config\System) and modify the
    > system drive letter as previously described.
    >
    >
     

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