Yes, tried both of those yesterday. I also thought just maybe it was some disk corruption, so I formatted and reloaded a backup from monday. That didnt work either. Here are some more details:
from a cold start, computer will only start in safe mode. While in safe mode, we set up a chkdsk /r and reboot. Chkdsk runs, exits and computer starts fine.
but if you do a restart or turn it off, back to only starting in safe mode. This has me perplexed - I am not ready to start over yet, its a work computer. It has a ups ship manager on it, and the knucklehead that set this up (not me) did'nt put the data on the server, but on the workstation, so I have to get the data safe before I flatten it and start over.
the error it gives is 0xc0000218 - not a very nice error indeed
From the crash dump - \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE - hive could not be loaded.
Strange that a chkdsk fixes this - and when the user logs off or shuts down it gets corrupted again. This user is good as gold, she takes great care of her machine. There is another user, a real knucklehead that I found had downloaded cracks, keygens, porn files etc. His machine however is working great, how ironic. We forced him to get rid of his emule program, yelled at him, deleted all of his cracks yesterday, when I discovered this crap on his hard drive.
I have yet to see if his machine is infected with anything, but seeing how dense he is, I am not really in a hurry.
In the end, I think it will be less time consuming to move the ups data to the server and flatten her machine, as I mentioned earlier, I was just looking for an easy fix.
Thanks for listening to my issues~!!!
Edited by Crowbar6761, 23 September 2010 - 08:23 AM.