Question I messed with regedit

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So i wanted to make my default installation location my second disk, so i found this video (
View: https://youtu.be/LWEpXMBAtHg
) and did what it said, and now nothing on my c disk will open, everything on my e disk works perfectly tho (my second disk) i made a restore point but it wont open and work. Please help, i tried reseting but it doesnt work either, I dont know what to do
 

USAFRet

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Oh my....that one one seriously bad idea.
That "tutorial" should never be followed.

Trying to force a different drive to be the "default" of everything always ends up like this..

Unless you have a full drive backup you can recover from, from before you did this...you're looking at a full wipe and reinstall.
I know of no way to "fix" this. You have hosed up the internals of the OS and its functionality.
 
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Oh my....that one one seriously bad idea.
That "tutorial" should never be followed.

Trying to force a different drive to be the "default" of everything always ends up like this..

Unless you have a full drive backup you can recover from, from before you did this...you're looking at a full wipe and reinstall.
I know of no way to "fix" this. You have hosed up the internals of the OS and its functionality.
so i cant do nothing?
the drive has nothing good on it, could i simply remove it from my pc ?
 
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Which drive?
The OS itself needs a full reinstall.

How many drives are in this system?
I have a main drive and then a ssd, and the ssd is the one i messed with, could i unplug it and would that fix anything?
Also how would i reinstall, ive tryied factory restarting and that doesnt work
 

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I have a main drive and then a ssd, and the ssd is the one i messed with, could i unplug it and would that fix anything?
Also how would i reinstall, ive tryied factory restarting and that doesnt work
No, that will not fix anything. The Registry in the OS is hosed.

You need to do an actual full wipe and reinstall of the OS.

What drives are in this, and what drive is the OS on?
 

USAFRet

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Disconnect ALL drives except for what you want the OS to be on, and...
 
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Disconnect ALL drives except for what you want the OS to be on, and...
ok i really hope this works, thanks man
 
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Disconnect ALL drives except for what you want the OS to be on, and...
Im really not the best with pc, how do i disconnect the drive
 

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Windows recovery will fix some problems, but it's not going to fix a registry hack that changed the location of where the OS thinks everything is at, and it isn't. And even if it fixes SOME of it, it's NOT going to fix it all. It is not even worth the time or effort, in my opinion, to mess with it. Just do a clean install and be done with it. Yes, you are going to lose some stuff, but to be blunt, you should have thought of that (If it is a problem) long before you started modifying things in the registry if you didn't know exactly what you were doing.

Furthermore, if you don't know how to disconnect a drive or connect a drive, then it might be best if you either found some assistance from somebody who DOES have some knowledge in this area or took it to a repair shop and had them do it for you. It's not that it's difficult, it's that you seem unsure of yourself and THAT usually leads to bigger problems.

If you can figure out how to disconnect the secondary drive by unplugging it's SATA cable and then figure out how to create installation media using the Media creation tool as outlined in my guide, then you might stand a chance of getting Windows installed and if anybody here is likely to be able to talk you though this it's USAFRet, but I gotta be honest, it's not looking good right now given what you already did PLUS "how to I disconnect a drive".
 
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Windows recovery will fix some problems, but it's not going to fix a registry hack that changed the location of where the OS thinks everything is at, and it isn't. And even if it fixes SOME of it, it's NOT going to fix it all. It is not even worth the time or effort, in my opinion, to mess with it. Just do a clean install and be done with it. Yes, you are going to lose some stuff, but to be blunt, you should have thought of that (If it is a problem) long before you started modifying things in the registry if you didn't know exactly what you were doing.

Furthermore, if you don't know how to disconnect a drive or connect a drive, then it might be best if you either found some assistance from somebody who DOES have some knowledge in this area or took it to a repair shop and had them do it for you. It's not that it's difficult, it's that you seem unsure of yourself and THAT usually leads to bigger problems.

If you can figure out how to disconnect the secondary drive by unplugging it's SATA cable and then figure out how to create installation media using the Media creation tool as outlined in my guide, then you might stand a chance of getting Windows installed and if anybody here is likely to be able to talk you though this it's USAFRet, but I gotta be honest, it's not looking good right now given what you already did PLUS "how to I disconnect a drive".
Well the person who showed me the video made my pc, so i thought i could trust him. Im not a computer person so of course i dont know things, i messed up and im asking for help and some solutions. i never have had a pc before because my family could never afford it. Im really pissed cause i thought someone who built a pc would be able to help me, i simply just wanted to move <Mod Edit> to another disk and now rendered my first decent pc useless. Nothing opens besides csgo, chrome, and the settings.
 
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Windows recovery will fix some problems, but it's not going to fix a registry hack that changed the location of where the OS thinks everything is at, and it isn't. And even if it fixes SOME of it, it's NOT going to fix it all. It is not even worth the time or effort, in my opinion, to mess with it. Just do a clean install and be done with it. Yes, you are going to lose some stuff, but to be blunt, you should have thought of that (If it is a problem) long before you started modifying things in the registry if you didn't know exactly what you were doing.

Furthermore, if you don't know how to disconnect a drive or connect a drive, then it might be best if you either found some assistance from somebody who DOES have some knowledge in this area or took it to a repair shop and had them do it for you. It's not that it's difficult, it's that you seem unsure of yourself and THAT usually leads to bigger problems.

If you can figure out how to disconnect the secondary drive by unplugging it's SATA cable and then figure out how to create installation media using the Media creation tool as outlined in my guide, then you might stand a chance of getting Windows installed and if anybody here is likely to be able to talk you though this it's USAFRet, but I gotta be honest, it's not looking good right now given what you already did PLUS "how to I disconnect a drive".
I cant get into the control panel to add the new SSD that i have. I removed the other one and tried to see if that would work but nope... so im really pissed. Ive been having problems with the games too, they keep crashing. Fortnite just crashes randomly. I just want to game with out <Mod Edit> messing up but i just have bad luck and <Mod Edit> friends
 
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Ok, so you said this was a prebuilt PC. Now you say this person "made my PC". Those two things are completely contradictory.

Prebuilt PC means it was assembled and configured by some company somewhere, whether someone like Dell, HP or whether a boutique prebuilt manufacturer like CyberpowerPC, but if somebody you know built it, then it is not a prebuilt PC.

Yes, I really think you need help from somebody, in person, who ACTUALLY knows what they are doing and has worked on computers before. The person you said made your PC and then suggested that crappy advice to you, yeah, not them.
 
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Ok, so you said this was a prebuilt PC. Now you say this person "made my PC". Those two things are completely contradictory.

Prebuilt PC means it was assembled and configured by some company somewhere, whether someone like Dell, HP or whether a boutique prebuilt manufacturer like CyberpowerPC, but if somebody you know built it, then it is not a prebuilt PC.
It was a prebuilt by hp that a friend upgraded...
 
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Ok, so you said this was a prebuilt PC. Now you say this person "made my PC". Those two things are completely contradictory.

Prebuilt PC means it was assembled and configured by some company somewhere, whether someone like Dell, HP or whether a boutique prebuilt manufacturer like CyberpowerPC, but if somebody you know built it, then it is not a prebuilt PC.

Yes, I really think you need help from somebody, in person, who ACTUALLY knows what they are doing and has worked on computers before. The person you said made your PC and then suggested that crappy advice to you, yeah, not them.
Didnt mean to say make, its really late and im very annoyed cause i want to relax and game but now i cant.
 

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Bottom line, your whole system needs to be wiped and reinstalled.

But - your initial foray into the Registry, and then "how do i disconnect the drive " leads us to suggest you find someone local to help you.
And NOT your idiot friend who led you to that utube video.

You mention "Ive been having problems with the games too, they keep crashing. ".
Was this before the Registry thing? If so, that's another black mark against your friend.
When he replaced the motherboard, I'm guessing he did nothing with the OS?

Anyway...this whole thing needs a full wipe and reinstall.
We can try to talk you through it, but its not looking good.
 
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Bottom line, your whole system needs to be wiped and reinstalled.

But - your initial foray into the Registry, and then "how do i disconnect the drive " leads us to suggest you find someone local to help you.
And NOT your idiot friend who led you to that utube video.

You mention "Ive been having problems with the games too, they keep crashing. ".
Was this before the Registry thing? If so, that's another black mark against your friend.
When he replaced the motherboard, I'm guessing he did nothing with the OS?

Anyway...this whole thing needs a full wipe and reinstall.
We can try to talk you through it, but its not looking good.
If your willing to help that would be great!
 
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We out here can only provide guidance. You have to do all the work.

Do you have, or can create, a bootable Win 10 USB installer?
I cant do that, i cant install anything onto my computer because it keeps going into the c disk. If i had someone else do it would that work?
 

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Windows recovery will fix some problems, but it's not going to fix a registry hack that changed the location of where the OS thinks everything is at, and it isn't. And even if it fixes SOME of it, it's NOT going to fix it all. It is not even worth the time or effort, in my opinion, to mess with it. Just do a clean install and be done with it. Yes, you are going to lose some stuff, but to be blunt, you should have thought of that (If it is a problem) long before you started modifying things in the registry if you didn't know exactly what you were doing.

Furthermore, if you don't know how to disconnect a drive or connect a drive, then it might be best if you either found some assistance from somebody who DOES have some knowledge in this area or took it to a repair shop and had them do it for you. It's not that it's difficult, it's that you seem unsure of yourself and THAT usually leads to bigger problems.

If you can figure out how to disconnect the secondary drive by unplugging it's SATA cable and then figure out how to create installation media using the Media creation tool as outlined in my guide, then you might stand a chance of getting Windows installed and if anybody here is likely to be able to talk you though this it's USAFRet, but I gotta be honest, it's not looking good right now given what you already did PLUS "how to I disconnect a drive".
From Windows recovery the OP can go to the command prompt and open the registry editor (regedit) and reverse the hack.
 

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