STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}


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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):
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.


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


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


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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.