Help with Recovery Console access!

August 11, 2009 at 10:55:14
Specs: Windows XP Professional
Early on today I got the blue screen with this error:

STOP: c0000218 {registry file failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
or its log or alternate
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable

I've googled and checked the error and it got me to this forum, I read a post and the resolution should be this:

The problem is that instead of going to the Welcome Screen when I boot the Windows XP CD, it goes to the Windows XP Professional Setup screen where the only thing I can do is either select a partition and Install XP, delete a partition or quit. No "R" for Recovery.

Can anyone tell me how to access the Recovery Console? Bypassing the Partition Selection screen?

(Note: If I select my partition it just goes on and installs windows Xp again, over the one I had previously. My MOST IMPORTANT files are on the Desktop, will they be deleted if I install a new version of XP over this one?)

Thanks in advance!

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August 11, 2009 at 11:26:40
Read that link you gave above. It says that those fixes are only good for recovering your data.

You have to do a Repair of XP, in order to have an operational XP.
How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
Windows XP Recovery Console
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console
HOW TO: Install and Use the Recovery Console in Windows XP
How to remove Windows Recovery Console

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August 11, 2009 at 11:35:03
Yea I'm at the stage that what I want now is to recover my files. Question: Will I loose my desktop files, or any other files for that matter, or just what's inside the My Documents folder?

On another note. Everything was working just fine with the pc, what I did was install the most recent drivers of my video cards and on reboot, bang, this showed up. Could it have a connection?

Thanks for your reply!

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