Stop C000128 Error blue screen.

Posted on 2007-07-20
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I got the following error when trying to star windows xp.

stop: c000218 (registry file failure)
the registry cannot load the hive \systemroot\system32\config\software or
log or alternate .."

Tried to boot in all options in the boot menu but none of them works, What can i do?? I would like to loose my info?
Question by:sisiliano
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    A few options are safe to try:
    1. Boot with the XP CD and take the 2nd (not the first) repair option.  You need to select Install windows, but you should see a second option to Repair before you actually install anything.  This is non destructive.
    2. You could try the options listed here:

    or here:
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    Before you try a repair install, you might want to try this:  You may have to use the rather involved procedure referenced in this Microsoft article:;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:
    Windows XP Crashed - Here's Help

    If you have an OEM-installed WinXP, then, according to the above MS article, you should not perform the above procedure (quotation below):

    Warning: Do not use the procedure that is described in this article if your computer has an OEM-installed operating system. The system hive on OEM installations creates passwords and user accounts that did not exist previously. If you use the procedure that is described in this article, you may not be able to log back into the recovery console to restore the original registry hives.  

    You can perform this slightly modified version of the MS method, as in the answer by venom96737 to this question:
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    You stole my link Lee!!!


    That was actually my first link added to my knowledgebase... Kinda funny...  


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    Actuall, y the links I gave go through the same procedure. Small world.
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    sisiliano, how about some feedback?

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