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MAJOR HELP REQUIRED: Windows 2000 will not boot!

Linky asked
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I am offering 250 points but I am willing to go higher for anyone who care help me out of this bind without having to reinstall the operating system. First how it started.

The computer froze once, so I restarted it. When it came back the mouse did not work at all. So I restarted it. The next time it started the mouse and keyboard did not come up. So I just turned it off at the Log in screen. Later I found out the cords were loose back there. So this is what happens now.

When I start up Windows 2000, after the logo screen the bar reaches the end, then this blue screen flashes, and it restarts:


It reads for those who do not want to click the image:

"STOP: c0000218 {Register File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
or its log or alternative .
It is corrupt, absent, or not writeable."

I CANNOT boot into Safe Mode either. Would I be able to boot Linux from a CD, say Knoppix or a similiar build designed to fix Windows errors? Where can I get the files I need to replace my corrupt ones? Is there a fix for this that does not involve reformating and reinstalling Windows. Currently I am living on campus and my Windows 2000 installation CD is home.

I am using my laptop to type this.

Please, help me. Thank you for your time.
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try the following articles:

How to Troubleshoot a Stop 0xC0000218 Error Message

How to troubleshoot registry corruption issues

A really interesting one:
The Registry Repair Utility download for Windows 2000-based computers
this one lets you repair a corrupted registry using a set of 6 floppys
description of m$:
Registry Corruption in Windows 2000 can prevent your system from booting. The Windows 2000 Registry Repair Utility is a tool that can help to recover a Windows 2000 system from registry corruption. This utility can be downloaded on to floppy disks and then run on the system with the corrupted registry. Six floppy disks are required for downloading this utility. The utility will attempt to repair the corrupted registry and allow your machine to boot again.

best regards,

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How do I get to the Recovery Console?


you can get to the Recovery Console by booting with the Windows 2000 Setup floppy disks or to the Windows 2000 CD.

best regards


Alright so I should get my dad to email the Windows 2000 Setup floppy disks? Can they just be copied and zipped or do they need to be formated a certain way?

use a tool called flopmake.exe (http://www.tdonline.com/download/Flopmake.exe)

this old tool can make kind of iso files from floppys (1,44MB) which you can send via email and use flopmake again to wrtie to floppy. This way you won't have to worry about formatting. It is a sector copy of the floppy

best regards,


Thank you both for helping me. The Register Repair tool did the thing, first time I've used floppy disks in years. Thanks again! It was a huge help, this would have tied up my whole weekend.
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