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When I run system recovery I get this blue screen error

"Stop:C0000218[Registry File Failure]
The Registry could not load the hive(file):
\SystemRoot\System32\config\Security
or its log or alternate
It is currupt, absent, or not writable"

Can someone help me fix this?
thx in advance
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Hi jot...

You're probably going to have to replace the registry hive. See this Microsoft Article

Do you have an XP installation cd?
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No i dont have an XP installation cd

But my other computer came with a windows xp media center cd
Im just woundering if that will work with this windows xp home edition computer
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Nope. XP MCE is basically XP Pro.

Do you know someone with an XP Home cd you might borrow? A retail version would be ideal.

Do you have floppy drives on both machines. (I'm betting this is no... :whistling: )
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Nope. XP MCE is basically XP Pro.

Do you know someone with an XP Home cd you might borrow? A retail version would be ideal.

Do you have floppy drives on both machines. (I'm betting this is no... :whistling: )


I think i can borrow a home edition cd, but wuts a retail version =P

And your right my media center pc doesnt have one

thx for responding so fast
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A retail version is "off the shelf". A version purchased separately from the machine.

Some OEM cd's (ones that come with the machine like Compaq and eMachine) don't have the repair option
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Hi I borrowed a windows xp Home OEM Sp2 installation cd from my work

It did a fresh install and it worked fine but when i activated windows
it said that my product key was incorrect

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Did you use the key from your machine or the one for the disk you borrowed?
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I used the key on the sticker on my computer case

As it was installing windows it asked me for my cd key and I typed it in and it worked fine
but when i try to activate it now it said it was incorrect
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You may end up activating by phone. Try the Validation Assistant first, though.
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I tried the validation assistant and it didnt work

Can i phone them myself or do i have to get the person who bought the system?
(im only 16)
What kind of information do they need?
CD key?

thx for your help
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I tried the validation assistant and it didnt work

Can i phone them myself or do i have to get the person who bought the system?
(im only 16)
What kind of information do they need?
CD key?

thx for your help
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Try the methods on This Page. You should be able to validate the Windows yourself...they will ask you some questions and then give you a new registration number. The steps you need to follow to get the phone number is on the page in the link.
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