Error message on start up XP

  mrsf 19:17 28 Jul 2008

Hi, does anyone know what the following error message is? it happened when i started my laptop and i am worried that i will lose all my docs etc.
Many thanks.

Stop: C000218 {registry file failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \systemroot\system32\config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent or not writable. Beginning dump of physical memory.Physical memory dump complete.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:26 28 Jul 2008

If the software hive is corrupt, it may be possible to rename the software
hive found in;
to software.old
then copy the most recent backup found in

  antony.dandrea 19:28 28 Jul 2008

well if ur files are still there now. then u dont need to worry. does this keep coming?

Try Disk cleanup wizard or/and defrag.

Also try "chkdsk.exe"
Go start then Run and type that in. Hopefully it will run.

Let me know wat happens.

The Doctor

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:39 28 Jul 2008

with the above error there is noway it will boot to be able to use Disk cleanup wizard or/and defrag or "chkdsk.exe" from the Run box.

  mrsf 19:51 28 Jul 2008

Thats true i cannot get into the system not even in safe mode

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:58 28 Jul 2008

Do you have a XP CD?
you need to get into recovery console or even do a repair.

  mrsf 20:02 28 Jul 2008

yes i do have one i have thought of using it but am worried i will lose all my photos etc can i perform a repair with the disc?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:24 28 Jul 2008

You can use the CD to boot to recovery console and do as Fruit Bat /\0/\ Mon, 28/07/[email protected]:26

or try a repair
Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

If it doesn't find a windows system to repair DO NOT reinstall or you will lose everything in the MY documents folder

  Ditch999 20:25 28 Jul 2008

How to repair XP click here
Make sure you read it thoroughly.

  mrsf 20:31 28 Jul 2008

Thankyou all so much guys! i will follow your steps and let you know how it goes.

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