My friend has a desktop PC when they try and boot it up this message aoppears.
STOP c0000218 (registry file failure)
The registry can not load the hive (file)
System root \system 32\config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternative.
It is corrupt,absent ornot writtable.
Being dumped of physical memory.
Physical memory dump complete.
Contact your system administrator or technical support group.
This is a fun one to sort looking at this:Microsoft. It would probably be simpler taking the hard-drive out ,slaving it to someone else's PC, copying all your personal stuff, putting the drive back in and then reinstalling XP.
The make and model really only matters in regards to whether or not it has a recovery partition or not and how to access it. Knowing nothing of Dells perhaps someone with experience of this brand can advise on how to reset to factory settings or whatever it is called. Either that it will need to be an. XP disk the COA number which should be on a silver sticker somewhere on the PC. You would also need to download all the drivers,particularly the motherboard etc before you reinstalled Windows XP.