Registry Corruption Problem with OEM Install

My laptop computer started acting funky (although the configuration had not recently changed) and, after a reboot, I got the lovely blue screen of death 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.

Now the caveat: This is an OEM install of XP, running on an IBM Thinkpad. In their infinite wisdom, IBM installed a system recovery partion on the hard drive, but did not supply an OS CD with the computer. So, I always have the option available to do a clean re-install of XP and start over from scratch, but I would really prefer not to do this.

Now, every other solution I've seen (on this site, Microsoft's help area, using PE Builder, etc...) all seem to require the original XP OS CD in order to repair the installation, or access to the recovery console that I don't have configured. I do, however, have a registry backup from last month (created through XP Pro's backup tool).

Can anyone suggest an alternate work around?
markjamesdayAsked:
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
You may have to use the rather involved procedure referenced in this Microsoft article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307545
How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents Windows XP from Starting

This page has, perhaps, a more understandable treatment of the above article:

http://www.digitalwebcast.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=8658
Windows XP Crashed - Here's Help
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Oops, that won't do you any good.  It requires using the Recovery Console.  I'll continue to look...
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Dale MaySecurityCommented:
registry first aid is a very good program to help with registry problems.  You can get it from rose city software.
d_may
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markjamesdayAuthor Commented:
Thanks, LeeTutor, for pointing me to those articles - particularly the second one. The key turned out to be finding a XP CDrom - a friend's Dell OEM version of the CD worked just fine regardless of the vendor difference. Thanks...
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