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STOP: c0000218 {registry file failure}

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I am using win2000, and it has been several days that I am not able to access my computer at all.  All it does is keep on dumping physical memory (blue screen) with remark:
STOP: c0000218 {registry file failure}
The registry cannot load the hive
\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: __%
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Can you boot into recovery console and type
FIXBOOT
??
Recovery Console:
  http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=229716
  http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=216417

You might be able to get it loaded using this procedure:
How to recover from a Corrupted Registry: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545

Also see this PAQ: http:Q_20847736.html
http:Q_20406306.html

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by:Veggers
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This could be caused by faulty RAM, try going to http://www.memtest86.com/ and downloading the precompiled memtest for windows. When you run the install file it will create a bootable floppy disc which you can put into your PC and allow to check for memory errors. If it shows up any errors it is almost certainly this causing the problem, and you need to replace your memory.
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