STOP: c0000218 (Registry File Failure) - Windows 2000 Server

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Hi I have windows 2000 Server (Dell Poweredge 2550). Windows is not loading up, and i am getting follwing STOP error while it is starting windows 2000:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
\systemToot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.
Beginning dump of physical memory
Dumping physical memory to disk: ..

can anyone please help me to resolve this. I have booted system in the recovery console and already ran chkdsk /R but still getting this error. I have not got system state or registry backup. Is it possible i can get some kind of registry scan/repair utility or any other way to fix it without copying factory default registry hives. As i don't want to reinstall or lose any of my existing applications.

I have downloaded chkreg.exe but i don't how can i run this in recovery console mode.

please help. thanks
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You can try the Registry Restore Wizard from the UBCD4Win boot CD as described here...

http://www.technibble.com/how-to-fix-windows-registry-hive/

I would first run hardware diagnostic on your hard driver to be sure it is not failing.

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