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cannot load registry hive

I have a user that keeps getting a blue screen and it says that it cannot load registry hive. Is there a way to fix this without reinstalling XP? I f I can possibly fix this I would like to as reinstalling is an easy way and I would like to learn something new. If you have a way to fix this blue screen without reinstalling the OS I would be a happy camper. I have tried to log in using safe mode but it still blue screens and give me the same cannot load registry hive. Thanks.
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Hi Miller

Have you tried creating a new profile for the user, this will recreate the profile, and in turn recreating the users hive (NTUSER.DAT)

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Remember that the registry in the backup may be ancient since it was saved when the system was installed.

Once you get the OS working, you might consider restoring to a new restore point to get a more recent registry.

I hope this helps !
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since I do not have the CD that came with this will any windows XP cd pro or home user version, work?
I have tried to run the last known and it still blue screens.
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Addendum:  Main advantage of above method is that Explorer can be used for file operations and it saves a few steps.