If your laptop will not boot to CD, you can do the same from the install
floppies. And you don't actually need to *install* the recovery console,
you can just run it from the CD/floppy boot.
> You need to install the recovery console and restore rename the
> file to software.
> install the recovery console from cd boot
> winnt32 /cmdcons
> select recovery console
> login as administrator
> if you have done backup of your registry (used to be RDISK in NT don't
> what it is now)
> copy registry file software from c:\winnt\repair to
> c:\winnt\system32\config\ (make backup copy first eg
> software to software.bak)
> copy %systemroot%\repair\software %systemroot%\system32\config\software
> the machine should now boot.
> When the machine boots you can use regedt32.exe to load your original
> software.bak hive and findout what happened to winlogon key .
> If you can fix it you then save it and retrace the previous steps to
> the original.
> This happened to me when I was trying to control access to the winlogon
> to stop users seeing the autoadmin logon password doh!.
> Hope this helps
> > Somehow, my WinLogon Key was deleted from my registry and now I cannot
> > into Windows 2000. I tried to reinstall but my laptop does not have
> > the floppy and CDROM installed at the same time--it keeps looking for my
> > cdrom drive and it is not there. My drives are formatted with NTFS so I
> > cannot boot with a Windows 98 startup disk.
> > Does anyone know what I can do at this point that doesn't require losing
> > everything on my hard drive?
> > Please let me know.
> > Thanks,
> > Jackie