c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

March 10, 2006 at 19:33:44
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Pentium 4
Windows XP fails to boot, instead going to a blue screen that says,

"Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate"

I have put the Windows XP Pro SP2 CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive, booted from it, entered the Recovery Console, and attempted to perform the steps located at: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545 as I realize this should solve my problem.

HOWEVER, when I attempt to do...:
"copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system"

...as it instructs me to do, it says something like, "the file could not be found." How can this be? What can I do to be able to perform the following action?: copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system

All the rest of the copy commands (i.e. software, sam, security, default) copied successfully. But it couldn't find "system" and it won't let me boot the computer without it (when I try to boot up in Safe Mode, it mentions that it can't find that System file).

Any help would be hugely appreciated!

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March 10, 2006 at 20:44:41
Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate"

i put it in google and found this


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March 10, 2006 at 20:46:10
i wonder if you have the upgrade

i wanted to ask here about upgrade

see my post if i post one

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March 11, 2006 at 02:08:34
Let me clarify: I know of the Microsoft fix at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545. The problem is that "c:\windows\repair\system" does not seem to exist! I don't know how I can repair windows without that file... am I missing something?

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March 11, 2006 at 07:33:06

Update Registry and clean up unwanted programs. Refer the following case


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March 11, 2006 at 11:27:09
I don't think I can follow that post. That user was able to enter and modify the registry in a different way and did not explain precisely how it was done.

Can anyone think of a way to solve my problem?

The issue is that, when following the instructions given at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545 I get to the step where it tells me to type in:
"copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system"
but it then replies with "the file could not be found" (referring to c:\windows\repair\system).

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March 15, 2006 at 19:10:06
Here's what I've done:

1. Inserted the XP disk that came with the computer

2. Booted from the disk (with F12).

3. It gave the option to "R" repair the installation with Recovery Console, or hit ENTER to set up windows. I hit ENTER.

4. Hit F8 to agree to EULA, and it took me to a page with the disk partitions, with the options to set up windows on a partition.

5. Hit ENTER on the partition on which Windows is set up, assuming that the option to repair the installation would be on the next page.

Instead, it said:
"Windows XP cannot recognize the partition you selected. Setup cannot install Windows XP on this partition. However, you can go back to the previous screen, delete the partition, and then select the... bla bla bla"

Am I doing the right thing? Does anyone have any advice for how I should proceed, with the Windows XP disk in hand now?

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