BSOD registry error C0000218

Posted on 2011-10-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Cannot get any further than the BSOD. Won't go into safe mode or anything else I try. Can't get to Command Prompt either. Is there anything that can be loaded into the SD card slot at boot time to help get any further?
Question by:atayqed
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    You could try to boot from you Windows Installation CD and perform a system restore.

    What version of Windows do you use?
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    You should also be able to boot to the Dell diagnostic partition just as the machine boots. I believe there should be an f12 option to get to it. It may be hardware related. You could also burn a ubcd for windows disk. It will allow you to boot the machine and see whats going on and at least recover data if needed.
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    The fix is to replace the corrupt registry hive(s) from the backup copies in the System Restore folder. UBCD4Win has a utility that will restore the registry and UBCD4Win can be installed on a bootable flash drive.

    The alternative is to use the Recovery Console and information here:
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    you can also boot from a bootable cd (UBCD4Win) or Knoppix live, and post the minidump for more info  :    

    find it in windows\minidumps
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    by:Sudeep Sharma
    The error suggests that you might have some issues with the Hard Dis. You may need to run chkdsk to fix it, if it is recoverable.

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    if a disk problem is suspected -  best have a backup first, then troubleshoot
    personally, i first run a disk diag on it (you don't know what chkdsk does on a bad disk)
    then you can run chkdsk
    disk diags can be found on ubcd :      

    you can also use my article then :

    Accepted Solution

    The ridiculous outcome of this situation is that the problem disappeared, before any of your offerings could be tried. I went to the machine the next day to try your various offerings and it booted up as if nothing had ever happened. It is now two weeks later and continues to act normally. Weird, huh?

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    Lower than grade A because the fault just fixed itself. I did nothing.

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