So I downloaded a registry cleaner to check if my computer had any problems. Scanned my computer and fixed any error I had, everything was working fine until the program told me to restart my computer. Now when I boot it up I get the blue screen of death. So I guess the program must of screwed something up and now Im trying to fix it. I hooked up a IDE hdd with and installed win7 on it hoping that I go on the original sata drive and delete what I have to delete or worse case senerial backup what I needa back up. But the problem is I can't see the disk in my computer as well as disk management page, however I in control panel it says the sata hard drive is installed. So any suggestions on what to do?
Well, those registry cleaners can really "clean things out"!
Don't feel too bad, everybody has had similar experiences, trying to tweat their system for optimal performance at one point or another.
Please give us more information about your original OS setup, Win-XP, Win-7 x32 Win-7 x64? and what registry cleaner did you use? Some of them like CCleaner, Adv SystemCare, Systweek, perform a System Restore Point before cleaning, and some let you save a backUp reg file to restore if something goes wrong.
How far into your boot do you get before you get the BSOD? If you can get thru the POST (single beep code) , click on F8 to bring up the advanced system choices, where you can get to "Safe Mode" to try loading the OS with bare minimal drivers, or to the System Restore, where you can choose a time before the registry cleaner was used.
Try both. If you can get into "safe mode", then you might be able to restore the backup file if there. If not, a System Restore point dated before the Registry cleaner was used, may get you up and going.
The other question is, do you have a full system backUp, or Drive Image with Acronis or Symantec Ghost or Norton 360, you can restore if push comes to shove?
Thanks for the reply, I managed to get the original hard drive to show in the new installed os before reading this post. However I did have to reboot the entire os. Luckily the hard drive was divided in two and I had very little files on the os drive. The registry cleaner I use was called CleanMyPC Registry Cleaner. It was a random registry cleaner which on found on the net. I also believe it gave me a Trojan which encrypts personal files which I later found out when I got the hard drive working. I was able to boot the computer all the way until the windows icon disappears, I also did try safe mode which also lead me to blue screen of death. I tried to recover it with the win7 cd but it didnt do any good. All this process lead me to my final step of formatting my pc. So I guess the lesson is not to use program that seems shady.
Glad you got everything working again. Now, with a new Win 7 installation, there shouldn't be "essentially anything" to clean up. Great!
As you listen to top pros discuss registry cleaners, Fred Langa for instance likes CCleaner, and jv16 PowerTools.
CCleaner is free, and can be very helpful, or thorough, rarely harmful. You have to choose the features you want and just use those.
CCleaner has a nice feature I use almost daily, which cleans out the Tracking Cookies, and Temporary Internet Files, Temp files and does no harm. It has a list for "important cookies" you choose that don't get deleted, say with your Amazon or Citibank account numbers.
It also has a section with choices, that scan and show orphan or bad registry entries. That section also saves the registry changes in "My Documents" so if you inadvertantly remove a needed entry, you can just click on the saved .reg file and it is placed back in the registry.
But you have to be careful not to remove, say a .Net Framework 2 entry that one of your programs use.
I use that to clean out unused file extensions, and after uninstalling a program, the programs left over registry entry items. But leave the CLSID and Uninstallers, Fonts alone.
the jv 16 power tools he likes also, but it is more sophsitocated, and you have to understand what each section does or it (you) could cause trouble.
The one lesson about Registry cleaners I've learned over the years is that if you delete an item you don't understand just for thoroughness, one of your programs you might not use for a couple weeks becomes useless or unstable, and you can't associate one with the other.
The good news is you now have a clean. malware free, and happy Windows 7 Installation that should be great.