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It seems like AMD drivers screwed up my registry. Help?

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EDIT: After some more digging, I found some posts saying that AMD Cleanup Utility tends to screw up these things in Windows 8. If anyone has recovered from a similar experience, I'd appreciate any advice.


I have Windows 8 x64, with the only apps installed are benign things like Steam / Chrome / etc.
No pirated software - my HTPC and gaming machine only. My account is an Administrator account.

Problems:
- Windows Update has disappeared from the Metro "PC Settings" app. I can only access it via Control Panel.
- I cannot access UAC at all.
- Many controls, such as "Turn Firewall On or Off" or "Change Firewall settings" are unresponsive when clicked.
- Some installed programs cannot be uninstalled from the Programs and Features, even though they were just installed normally.

I had this problem once before, and I had assumed it was a virus, so I did a full "Reset PC." But the same problems came back, and literally the only problems i've had with the computer have been game crashes.
This has only happened in Skyrim, where I have had to hard reboot the computer when it froze. On reboot, sometimes I'd get a bluescreen with various errors, but it would not repeatafter a restart.

I had tried the latest beta drivers, but had problems with audio over HDMI in anything but fullscreen games. So I used AMD's Cleanup Tool to remove all drivers and revert to the last working version (13.2 i believe).
The computer is functioning fine, but my guess is that the graphics driver errors have screwed up my registry somehow.
Windows Defender and Malwarebytes found nothing.
I ran a scan with sfc /scannow and it found no integrity problems.
My guess is that it's related to AMDs drivers in some way.

What can I do now?
Edited by inertianinja - 6/3/13 at 6:13am
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You should be able to boot from a Win8 DVD and do a repair install when you boot from it (or a restore point if you hadn't disabled that by now).

I've seen people have nothing but problems trying to use cleaning utilities and similar. What I haven't seen is first-hand issues simply using the uninstall function of the software and then installing a new driver pack.
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From the amd site they clearly say that the utility doesnt support Windows 8.
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