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BSOD and no CD option - STOP C0000218


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holli28

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Hi -
I think I'm probably screwed on this one but I thought I'd see if there was any hope.

My hubby's computer recently got a blue screen of death with this error:
"STOP: c0000218{ registry file failure}
The registry cannot load the hive {file}
\systemroot\system32\config\DEFAULT
or its log or alnernate.
It is conrupt, absent, or not writeable.

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.
Contact your system adminstrator or technical support group for further assistance."

It won't load in any mode. When asking it to load with command prompt (as directed by other sites), before I could direct it to run a scan I got the message that:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\vgaoem.fon

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start."

The support forums I've read online have directed me to reinstall with the cd - the kicker? The CD/DVD drive on the computer has not been working for some time - making this not an option even if I had the disk.

Am I hooped or is there something else I can try?

Thanks so much!!!!!
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Ztruker

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Will your computer boot from a USB flash drive? If so, read try this:

If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, or it's not up to the Service Pack level currently installed, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

You can create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.
  • Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3
  • Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom
  • Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file
  • Select your USB flash drive
  • Click Create

For techies or folks who work on computers:

Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.

This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.
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Sorry, should have clarified, the computer is running on XP. Is there a similar option to reload XP?

Thanks!!!
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My fault. You posted in a XP forum, I posted info for Windows 7.

Nothing similar for XP that I know of.

Have you tried Last known configuration that worked from the Advanced Boot Options Menu (F8 / Safe Mode menu)?
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Tried that. Got the same error message:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\vgaoem.fon

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start."

I'm guessing using the Windows 7 one wouldn't help me at all??
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