Originally Posted by spunk.funk
It's always a bad idea to edit the registry if you are not sure what your doing. If you backed up your registry, did you restore it? In the Registry Editor, going to File/Import?
As for the unknown devices, go to Start/Run and type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. In the Device Manager, what devices have the Yellow Exclamation marks? If you have a name computer (Dell, HP Gateway etc) then go to that manufacturers support web site and either type in your asset tag # on the sticker on the computer, or type in the make and model and it will take you to the driver download page. After updating the drivers on all of the devices that have yellow marks, then Open up Universal Serial Bus Controllers, in the Device Manager, is there an Unknown Device? If so, right click and Uninstall it. Pull the flash drive out of the computer and restart the computer. If you no longer get the New Hardware wizard, then put the Flash Drive into the Back USB port if it is a Desktop Computer, not the front as that is stronger. If you have a laptop do not plug it into a Docking Station or USB Hub, again not as strong. It should install, if not uninstall the Unknown Device again and try it on another computer as it might be a bad device.
I thought I was doing a good thing when I did a disk cleanup to free up some space - I deleted all the system restore points except the most recent one.......
The lines I changed in the registry - I imported back in again
Anyway, items with a yellow question mark in DM are Unknown device with a ref - STORAGE\PARTITION\S9DC96E9E_O2F10C00_L129CE26E00
Another Unknown - ref - STORAGE\PARTITION\S9DC96E9E_O7E00_L2F08E00
and COM1 with a ref - ROOT\*PNP0501\1_0_17_0_0_0
Every 5 secs, a Found new hardware window comes up saying -
There was a problem installing this hardware
The data is invalid
No usb or other devices are plugged in
When I go to DM and try and uninstall these devices, the systems freezes.....
It is a Dell 4600