As I am running out of HDD space, I decided to order for a new (used) PC with a bigger HDD and genuine, licensed Windows 7 installation discs included. I figure this makes more sense than spending any more time trying to rescue my current OS. I can then put my current HDD in the new PC as an extra HDD, and also add RAM from my existing PC. The total cost of the new (used) PC is less than the cost of a new HDD plus an OEM copy of Win7!
I figure this way I can avoid the risk of messing up my OS worse than it already is. When I receive the Windows 7 installation discs, Will I be able to repair my existing Win7 registry using these discs (without having to reinstall all of my installed programs)? If not, it's not the end of the world, because I can have my existing FUBAR Win7 OS on one HDD and the new, pristine copy of Win7 on the other HDD (I guess). Then I can boot from either HDD, as required, right?
Edited by ally1205, 30 December 2015 - 05:11 AM.