received error code coooo218 registry file failure.dell inspiron 8100 laptop.

Dell Inspiron 8100 Laptop. XP.Professional.As i tried to turn on unit,received Error:STOP:C0000218...REGISTRY FILE FAILURE.The registry cannot load the hive(file)....unit will not boot,unable to use advance start (safe mode,networking,last good configuration,etc)Unit also displayed notice"Dumping physical memory.0xa40cfob4.UNIT goes into constant loop displaying from DELL SPLASH LOGO,ERROR CODES,WINDOWS XP LOGO  And will not boot.

 

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Last updated May 29, 2018 Views 1,741 Applies to:
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Actually, I would not follow that advice from the Microsoft engaged Support Engineer "expert" who has probably never see this problem before, never fixed it and has not bothered to recreate it and then see if those Methods work (or don't).

If you do not have a genuine bootable XP installation CD, you will not be implementing KB307545 and if you do have one and it is not the same Service Pack as your installed Service Pack, you will not be doing a Repair Install either.

I have fixed this a few times and never using KB30745 or a Repair Install and I will never even suggest those options, but of course you can do what you want...

You need to answer a few questions to get replies that make sense and not more Microsoft engaged Support Engineer "expert" wild goose chases.

If you are seeing a message similar to these:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SECURITY or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writeable.

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writeable.

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SYSTEM or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writeable.

The problem is most likely that your NT File System (NTFS) has gotten corrupted and XP just can't "find" the file or it could be some fallout from older versions of Norton/Symantec products that will corrupt the file system after an update.

Do you now or have you ever had any Norton or Symantec products installed and if so, what versions?

You need to start by booting into the XP Recovery Console and running a chkdsk /r  from there to be sure your file system is intact.

If you do not have a genuine bootable XP installation CD from which you can boot into the XP Recovery Console (many people don't)  you can create a bootable XP Recovery Console D (no XP media required).  Let's see if the Microsoft engaged Support Engineer "expert" can tell you how to do that.

While we are waiting for that, please answer these questions as best you can:

What is your XP Version and Service Pack?

Describe your current antivirus and anti malware situation:  McAfee, Symantec, Norton, Spybot, AVG, Avira!, MSE, Panda, Trend Micro, CA, Defender, ZoneAlarm, PC Tools, Comodo, etc.

Was the issue preceded by a power interruption, aborted restart, or improper shutdown?  (this includes plug pulling, power buttons, removing the battery, etc.)

Does the afflicted system have a working CD/DVD drive (internal or external)?

Do you have a genuine bootable XP installation CD that is the same Service Pack as your installed Service Pack (this is not the same as any Recovery CDs that came with your system)?

If the system used to work properly, what do you think might have changed since the last time it did work properly?



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