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Corrupt registry win 2000

On a Windows 2000 server an error message that reads " The registry cannot load the hive (file):
\Systemroot\System32\config\software or its log or alternate.  It is corrupt or missing".  The server
then procedes to perform a memory dump.  After the dump is complete it cycles back to the error
message, as a result I cannot log in to the machine.  FYI.  The administrator of the server does not
have an ASR disk, a backup of the system state, nor the password to the recovery console.
Can this machine be saved without losing any data?
1 Solution
To get file system access without the administrator password, try a Linux bootable OS on a CD with ntfs support, like Knoppix.

An old copy of your registry file from repair may me present in:
c:\windows\repair - named 'software'

also may be available from the last restore point:
c:\System Volume Information\restore_{........}\RP...\Snapshot - named '_REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE'
Note that the RP... number is the number of the restore point - select a higher number for a later restore point.

Save/rename your current registry file Systemroot\System32\config\software
Copy registry file from either repair of system colume information.
Good luck.

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