It's a C0000218 Regestry file failure error but this one isn't too bad. The only time this error happens is when I'm cold booting. It'll boot to the w2k screen where you can see the bars load, go to the blue screen and tell me the typical %windir%\System32|Config|Software or it's log or alternate.
If I push reset, the pc will then boot normally. If I warm boot (simple restart after a program install for example) the pc will reboot normally.
I did install a second harddrive (western digital 16g) to this computer (an HP something or other older pc), deleted some programs, emptied junk files, and insalled most programs and personal files to the new drive. I had the page file set on the new drive but I decided to place it back onto the OS drive in the hope that it might help the error. But, I don't dare shut the pc off to find out. I know from what research I've done on line that sometimes this reg issue is related to a hardware change or ram error.
I'd also used a reg cleaner (cc cleaner) to clear out some files that I KNEW were no longer associated with programs that I knew I'd uninstalled. But...I think I goofed and forgot to uncheck the log cleaning feature.
I do have cc set to save a registry copy, but don't see a feature for restoring that copy.
Additionally, I exported a registry copy just to have "just in case".
Because it DOES still boot, do you think there is a 'simple' fix available? I'm not overly familiar with w2k and nt file systems.
this is an older used pc came 'as is'.
Any simple ideas? If it were w98 I'd have it use the good reg. setting I have saved because I know that one works. Why it reverts to an error after shutting the pc down, I don't know.
thanks so much!