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C0000218 registry file failure Registry cannot load hive (File): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\Software problem and tactics for ease.

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Hi there;

I have Windows 2003 R2 Server having a VM of another 2003 using VMWare Server in it.
I have the error and the system "was" not booting even in safe mode after I was trying to have a snapshot of 20 G VM disk:

C0000218 registry file failure Registry cannot load hive (File): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\Software problem and tactics for ease.

Since I had XP CD, I boot and use recovery console to checkdisk and it didn't fail luckily, but it finds lots of bad sectors in D: drive having a problematic VM of VMWare Server.

Now, after the checkdisk, the system boots normally. My questions are:
1) Could a corrupted VM cause the physical machine to have bad sectors?
2) How can I heal the VM? (No snapshots, no system restore (in fact 2003 has no system restore) Is it possible to heal it?
3) If I delete or transfer that VM, could those bad sector be gone/healed?

Best regards.
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