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Hi all, again. My XP registry is missing some lines. Is there any way to replace them? Or re-load the registry? The "most often used programs" area of my "start menu" has quit working and from what I have been able to find out about it, there are some lines missing in the registry. Can anybody out there help me, again? Thanks so very much. Poppyal1.
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Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD

Windows File Protection will show an on screen blue progress bar which will simply disappear when the scan is complete, reboot when it does

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

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Thank You for the speedy response. I have already ran sfc/scannow and I'm afraid it didn't help any. Sorry that I didn't mention that originallly. I've also reloaded xp from the original disc (it contains SP2). That hasn't helped either. I'm afraid to do the new install instead of the "update" because I might lose everything. What else might I try? I'm open to any/all suggestions. Thanx. Poppyal1.
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Is this how you reloaded XP

You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the start button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need your XP product key to complete this

The XP Product Key is a 25 character alpha numerical code, which does not include the sequence OEM


If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install

Click this to view the XP Repair Install Guide

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

The XP repair install will look and run as a normal install, however, you must not see a request to format the drive


After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

Microsoft Update
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Hi, Keith. I've done the repair as you suggested, but it didn't help. I opened the same program five different times, and there are still no shortcuts in the "most often used programs" section of the "start menu". I just don't know what to do. Any thoughts? I checked the start menu properties and it is showing that it should list the last 5 programs that I have used. I ran "regedit" and it shows that I am still missing some items. I really appreciate any advice you can give me regarding this mess. Thanx. Poppyal1.
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Have you got a list of the missing keys?
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I can get that. I will send it ASAP. Thanx. Poppyal1.
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This is another option, though replacing keys may be easier

http://support.micro...om/?kbid=307545
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Keith. The following is what's missing:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\windows\current users\explorer

\Doc Find Spec MRU

\FindCompMRU

\PrnPortsMRU

Edited by poppyal, 04 October 2006 - 06:20 PM.

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Hi poppyal...

After checking two XP machines and a Vista machine...that key doesn't exist in any of the registries.

Right click on the Start button and choose "Properties". Under the "Start Menu" tab, click on the "Customize..." button. Under the "General" tab, in the "Programs" section, how many programs are set to display in the menu?

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wannabe 1, Right now there are 5 programs set to display. I have tried 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 for # to display. Nothing works so far. Thanx for the reply.

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Are you familiar with navigating in Registry Editor?
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Yes.
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Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

In the right pane, is NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList listed?
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wannabe 1. No that string is NOT listed.
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