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Posted - February 16 2011 :  10:30:52  Show Profile  Email Poster  Visit 1029usr078198's Homepage  Click to see 1029usr078198's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
If you get the message in the subject while starting Windows 7 for the first time, especially at the "Starting Services" phase, try this: (based on info found here and here.

  1. Boot the affected system. When the error message comes up during the "starting services" phase, press Shift+F10 to open a CMD window.

  2. CD C:\Windows\Panther to navigate to the folder where the logs are.

  3. Tracerpt setup.etl -o logfile.csv (check TechNetís tracerpt full syntax) In my case, this worked without navigating to other folders first.

  4. Notepad logfile.csv will open the log file.

  5. In Notepad, search for fail or failed, because what you're (in my case) looking for is "Failed to process reg key or one of it's decendants". Note the registry key(s) mentioned. In my case it was several keys under one branch.

  6. Back in the command window, regedit opens the registry editor and you can navigate to the place where the error lies.

  7. On the off chance those entries were necessary later, I exported that one branch of the registry, saving it in the root folder of C:.

  8. Delete the affected key and reboot.

Other things you can do are found here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981542 (a hotfix to correct issues with registry keys greater than 8KB) This may fix the issue I had, but would have required reloading Windows.
http://ict.myjewe.nl/ict/?p=103 This article speaks about disabling the Windows Media Sharing Service.

Hope it helps,
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