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Old 13. Nov 2014, 08:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

To fix a problem with Microsoft Security Essentials, I was asked to do a scan of the registry keys with 'MS fixit' tool in 'aggressive mode'. I am not happy with the way the computer is running after that scan. The scan must have changed some settings. I want to reset the file to the earlier state, before the scan.

I 'exported' the registry file and saved it before the scan. The file extension says .reg So it must be OK. I have attached the file icon for you to see.The right click menu on the file does not give the 'open' option. It offers 2 options: 'Merge' and 'Edit'. I have never done this before. I need guidance for resetting the file.

I can also restore the computer to an earlier time (just before the scan),if doing that will reset the registry file. Please give some advice.

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Old 13. Nov 2014, 09:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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To fix a problem with Microsoft Security Essentials, I was asked to do a scan of the registry keys with 'MS fixit' tool in 'aggressive mode'.
Who asked you to do that?
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The right click menu on the file does not give the 'open' option. It offers 2 options: 'Merge' and 'Edit'.
"Merge" is what you want. You can also double-click the reg file and it'll ask you if you want to merge it with the registry.
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I can also restore the computer to an earlier time (just before the scan),if doing that will reset the registry file.
Using System Restore to restore your computer will effectively restore your registry too. If the Restore Point is just before you ran Fixit then all the changes to your system from that point onwards (including changes to the registry) will be reverted. If I recall correctly, after the restore is finished a list is presented to you showing any programs you may have to re-install.
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You can also import the registry file. On your keyboard: Windows key + R. Then type regedit and hit enter. This will bring up the registry editor, File > Import and then select the reg file.

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Who asked you to do that?
One of Microsoft Security Essentials support guys: an MVP! I have done the reset and things are back to normal.

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You can also import the registry file. On your keyboard: Windows key + R. Then type regedit and hit enter. This will bring up the registry editor, File > Import and then select the reg file.

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This is the way I made the file - by File>Export. I did'nt realize the opposite could be done by 'Import'. Now I know all the methods.

Many thanks to both of you.

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I was a bit concerned that you ran Fixit in "aggressive mode" but I suppose if an MVP was helping you he had a good reason for it. Nevertheless, I'm glad things are back to normal now.
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I was a bit concerned that you ran Fixit in "aggressive mode" but I suppose if an MVP was helping you he had a good reason for it. Nevertheless, I'm glad things are back to normal now.
Thanks Joe for your concern. Surprisingly, I found that this particular MVP was trying to get me to do things without giving due consideration to the situation. Even with my limited knowledge I could clearly see that. So I had to stop doing things that he was trying to get me to do and abruptly stop communication. You can't be too careful nowadays.

By the way is there some way to check whether your registry is the way it should be, and that there are no glitches that are not easily noticed.

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I think you did right. If a someone, even though he may be an MVP, is asking you to do things you feel uncomfortable with or which seem unreasonable, then I can't blame you for loosing faith in him. One thing though, did you ask questions when you didn't understand something?
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By the way is there some way to check whether your registry is the way it should be, and that there are no glitches that are not easily noticed.
Nothing that I know of. Generally speaking, if your system is working well then there shouldn't be anything the matter with your registry. Most of all, steer clear of registry cleaners and optimizers. They provide very little benefit if any but have the potential to seriously damage your system and even turn it into an expensive door stop.
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That does NOT sound like normal MVP behaviour at all.
I used to be an MVP until ill health stopped me from travelling and I certainly would not ask anyone to do anything they did not either want to do or understand (at least superficially) what and why.

The only Fixit Tool that I know of that has an AGGRESSIVE option is the one for repairing broken .NET and even then the none aggressive version should be tried first.

I have never been happy with MS fixit tools anyway, and I always steer clear of using repair options on start up without knowing what the problem is first.

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