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Blue Screen Error STOP:c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

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  • So I'm doing my monthly high-priority updates for XP SP3 when I'm told that I need to restart my computer so that the updates,14 of them, can be installed and start working. During the restart I receive a blue screen error that states that the registry cannot load the hive file :\SystemRoot\System 32\Config\Software or its log or alternate. It is corrupt,absent or not writable. What can I do to repair or replace the hive file? Could this just be a RAM failure? 
    Monday, August 23, 2010 10:02 PM

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  • Hi,

    This forum focuses on Windows 7 technical questions. Since your issue is related to Windows XP, please discuss in the following forum.

    Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) 


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    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 8:44 AM
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  • Press F8 at startup and select "Use last good known configuration". Does it help?

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:50 PM
  • This error occurs if a necessary registry hive file
    cannot be loaded; the file is corrupt or is missing.
    In rare instances, this error can be caused by a driver
    that has corrupted the registry image in memory, or by a
    memory error in this region.

    As you do not have a ERD or backup available, you may
    want to want try resolving this issue by using the
    following steps:

    Step 1) Start the computer by using the Windows 2000 CD-
    ROM.
    Step 2) When you see the "Welcome to Setup" message,
    press "C" to run the Recovery Console tool
    Step 3) After you log on to the Recovery Console tool,
    renamed C:\winnt\system32\config\software to
    software.old.
    Step 4) Copy C:\winnt\repair\software to c:\winnt\system32
    \config\software
    Step 5) Reboot the machine

    - Upon completing the above steps, you should be able to
    boot up the machine successfully. But you may encounter
    into other problems because you are using the old(out-
    dated) software hive.
    You may want to recover your most up-to-date software
    hive by continue with the following:

    Step 6) Load software.old onto a XP machine, to remove
    corruption by performing the following steps:
    a. Goto Start | Run, type regedit
    b. Highlight Hkey_Local_Machine
    c. Goto File | Load Hive, and browse to software.old and
    give it a key name of test.
    d. After it removed corruption and loaded we unloaded the
    hive using File - Unload Hive.

    Step 7) Copied the fixed hive back to the machine as
    software.fix.
    Step 8) Booted to Recovery Console and renamed
    software.fix to software in the winnt\system32\config
    folder.

    You may also reference to the following KB article:
    * How to Troubleshoot a STOP 0xC0000218 Error
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=156640

    * How to Troubleshoot a Stop 0xC0000218 Error
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=314874

    * How to Install the Windows 2000 Recovery Console
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=216417
    • Proposed as answer by ASayeh Wednesday, May 04, 2011 8:04 AM
    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 6:31 AM
  • Hi,

    This forum focuses on Windows 7 technical questions. Since your issue is related to Windows XP, please discuss in the following forum.

    Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) 


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 8:44 AM
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  • This maybe of some help in restoring the registry. Option 4.

    http://www.mypchealth.co.uk/GuideMup.php


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    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:43 AM
  • Thank you for your consideration. It's really help full

    .

    Wednesday, May 04, 2011 8:09 AM