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Win XP error stop: c0000218{registry file failure} the registry cannot load the hive (file):\systemroot\system32\config\software or its log or alternate"

have tried microsoft article 307545 but can not copy software or repair it, help please"
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by:CrazyOne
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HOW TO: Restore the Operating System to a Previous State in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306084


HOW TO: Start the System Restore Tool from a Command Prompt in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304449&sd=tech
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Repair
How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341

Visual aid to the above procedure
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm
Click on How To Run a Repair Install
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Damaged Registry Repair and Recovery in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;318159
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by:sramesh2k
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Repair installation should work. There is a small disadvantage. All the windowsupdates, you may need to download again after rep. installation.

You may try parallel installation (use diffeerent install directory)

After parallel installation, you will see 2 options in boot.ini, START the newly isntalled windows.

Now, goto CMD and atempt to replace the old windows configuration files with the new copies:

md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak

copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak

copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

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