xp recovery

  gingerfox1570 16:34 15 Oct 2005
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after pressing F10 for recovery i keep getting this and it will not recover
stop:c0000218(registry file failure)
the registry cannot load the hive (file)
/systemroot/sytem32/config/security/
or it's log or alternate
it is corrupt,absent,or not writable.

and when i press F8 it will ask for which drive to clear and when i pick drive c; it will then ask me foe the administrators password i do not know this
all i want to do is reset it to it's factory setting's i did not give it a date or a cd with the computer the windows xp home adition was already on it.

  BurrWalnut 16:38 15 Oct 2005

Have you tried pressing just the enter key at the password request?

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