How to disable the Windows mini-setup option on a recovered Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) restored system.

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After performing a Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) restore, the system hangs on the Windows mini-setup wizard. Rebooting the restored system results in the same results.


Windows mini-setup wizard is caught on a driver conflict.


Disabled the Windows mini-setup option, by following the steps listed below, and allow the restored system to reboot once again to begin troubleshooting the driver conflict:

  1.     Boot the recovered system with the SDR disk again.
  2.     From the main menu choose Utilities
  3.     Click the menu option, ‘Start Command Prompt,’
  4.     At the command prompt type: regedit and press the enter key.
  5.     Single left click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to select it.
  6.     From the FILE pull down menu choose, ‘Load Hive.’
  7.     Navigate to the restored system’s \Windows\System32\config sub-folder.
  8.     Select the SYSTEM file; it will be the one w/o a file extension then click the OK button.
  9.     Enter as a key name noreboot.
  10.     Expand out HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and locate noreboot.
  11.     Expand out noreboot.
  13.     Make sure the following registry values are as follows:
    1. ‘CmdLine,’ has no value.
    2. OOBEInProgress, RestartSetup, SetupPhase, SetupType, and SystemSetupInProgress has a value of   0x0000000 (0)
  14.     Navigate back to noreboot
  15.     From the FILE pull down menu choose, ‘Unload Hive.’
  16.     Click Yes to save changes to the restored system's SYSTEM hive.
  17.     Close regedit.
  18.     Type Exit at the command prompt.
  19.     Click the Exit link at the bottom right corner of the SDR main window.
  20.     Reboot restored system; choose to boot by recovered system's OS and not the SDR disk.

Applies To

Windows based systems.

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