Stop: C000218 ( registry file failure ) the registry cannot laod the hive(file)
\systemroot\system32\config\software\software or its log or alternate
beginning dump of physical memory complete.
I was instructed to boot from the XP cd and go to recovery console and enter:
ren c:\windows\system32\config\software\software software.old
Copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\software
I received the following msg:
Parameter not valid.
Command not regognized
File or directory already exist.
1 file copied.
I rebooted but nothing changed. Still the blue screen.
Later I tried the "R" repair option from the XP cd but instead of getting the second "R" option for upgrade I get the following:
" You choose to install xp on a partition that contain another OS which will cause the os to function improberly.......
To continue using this partition press "C" (I Pressed "C" )
Next screen reads:
Format using NTFS - QUICK
Format using NTFS
Leave current file system intact with no changes ( I CHOOSE THIS LAST ONE SO i DONT FORMAT ! )
Next message reads :
Caution: A windows folder with Windows already exist continuing will overwrite.
All files,subfolders,user accts,desktop settings, will be deleted.
to use the folder & delete existing win installtion press "L"
or to use different folder hit esc of use F3 to quit.
Question: Why dont I get the option to R(Repair)????
I have other spare PCs and I attempted the repair process and was successful. I got both "R" option twice which is what should happen. The other PCs are not Dells. The broken one is. Does that would that make a difference. Please Heeeeeeelp.!!!!!