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STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

By hostile17
Jul 13, 2015
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  1. Hello.
    Long story short, dropped something onto my old Dell Latitude D610 laptop and it restarted itself. Now it won't boot up, and all I get is a blue screen with the following message:
    ______________________________________________________

    STOP: c0000218 {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
    Dumping physical memory to disk:
    _________________________________________________________

    I rebooted into Windows Setup with an XP CD I have, but can't find any option to start the recovery console??
    Trying to avoid reinstalling Windows and/or losing data.

    Please help. Thanks.
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    Boot into Safe Mode by striking F8 once / sec.
    Select Safe Mode
    login as admin
    restore from your last (ie latest) Restore Point
    • right click on Cumputer
    • click on System protection
    • click System Restore
    • select the restore point
     
  3. hostile17

    hostile17 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks. I tried safe mode and last good config. and all the others to no avail. I'm getting this error now :
     

    Attached Files:

  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The operating system can't find a bootable device...
     
  5. hostile17

    hostile17 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    A friend of mine had an adapter, so I plugged the HDD into USB port of desktop PC and it was recognized, but 'not installed properly'. It can be found in device manager, but under properties, it says "This device cannot start. (Code 10)". Can you please recommend any [free] programs that can read 'unreadable' drives and possibly recover data? Thanks again.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Plug the HDD into a working computer (laptop or desktop) and recover files that way
     
  7. hostile17

    hostile17 TS Rookie Topic Starter

     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    So the HDD is toast...
     

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