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Can I put a hard disk in another XP PC and edit the registry?

Because of a virus, I've made a change in the registry. Now I can log in but I'm immediately logged out. I would like to put the hard disk in another XP PC and edit the registry. How can I do that?

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There are a couple of ways to do this. One is with a product like ERD Commander 2000 (, which lets you edit the registry directly without booting into a second copy of Windows. Another option is to perform a repair installation (see for full details on how to do this).

This was first published in November 2003

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