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Recover from corrupted registry hive (SOFTWARE)

Q: Recover from corrupted registry hive (SOFTWARE)

I'm fighting against a Registry error at boot of Windows XP, on a notebook.
After Windows Logo loadbar, on Windows XP Home sp2, i get the error

STOP: C0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \systemroot\system32\config\SOFTWAREClick to expand...

I tried everything:
- sobstitute the hive file SOFTWARE (and SYSTEM) with the original one (I loose everything)
- remove a wireless device that made crash the system even before this problem
- use CCleaner to execute an integrity check and repair the registry
- use a restore point (but I don't have none valid)
- manually copy the SOFTWARE hive from a non-visible restore point
- execute a checkdisk outside the notebook (on another PC)
- execute "sfc /scannow" command to restore the system files (and registry maybe?)

Nothing worked.

My only chance is to find the keys & values that are causing the problem in the registry hive.

Notice that I don't get any error if I reboot in Safe Mode with Network.

What else can I do?

Can I try something else before formatting?
I have to repair before tomorrow .....

Thanks for any help,

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A: Recover from corrupted registry hive (SOFTWARE)

Check suggestions here..

You will need a Usb Dvd drive.

Formatting may be your only option.
Most Notebooks have a recovery partition - an F key at start up.
All data, files will be lost, as it returns the system back to factory settings.

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When starting up this morning, I had a strange thing happen - it was installing something (I think Windows Messenger 7 or something. I never told it to.) and then it rebooted. And then it wouldn't start. Luckily I was able to get it started by doing a repair or something.

Anyway, here are the error messages I got in event manager:

{Registry Hive Recovered} Registry hive (file): '\??\C:\Users\Justin\ntuser.dat' was corrupted and it has been recovered. Some data might have been lost.

{Registry Hive Recovered} Registry hive (file): '\??\C:\Users\Justin\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat' was corrupted and it has been recovered. Some data might have been lost.

{Registry Hive Recovered} Registry hive (file): '\SystemRoot\System32\Config\SAM' was corrupted and it has been recovered. Some data might have been lost.

Did I have a virus? Or was it something else? Doing a full scan with Malwarebytes right now.

Also of note, after this happened, Noscript disappeared from Firefox.

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After resume from hibernation, I see this in the eventlog:
"The access history in hive \SystemRoot\System32\Config\RegBack\SYSTEM was cleared updating 20861 keys and creating 1802 modified pages."
Source: Kernel-General
EventID: 16

and then:
{Registry Hive Recovered} Registry hive (file): '\SystemRoot\System32\Config\RegBack\SYSTEM' was corrupted and it has been recovered. Some data might have been lost.
Source: Kernel-General
EventID: 5

And this repeats several times for the last two days after (I guess) every resume from hibernation.
What does this  mean? 
System details: 
Lenovo G50-80 laptop, Win8.1 x64 with most recent updates.

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My computer encountered:
STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

I've tried using the Windows XP CD to use the recovery tool, but it just reboots whenever I try. Any other ideas?

A:Registry hive corrupted, restore disk doesn't work.

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Please excuse my stumblings at this I am a first time user. Firstly, XP would not boot - No Software file or corrupt message, from second/dual version of XP it was noted that the Software hive file - in ..../config/Software, had an ECC/Data error when attempting to copy. Restore older/save version and the system then booted the original system BUT obviously without all the capabilities and setups of my original system, hence I would have to reload everything etc.

My question is what is the easiest way to recover this file, or at least get back as much as is possible from the file whilst creating a mirror/new version of it. Is there a freeware data recovery tool available.

Your help would be most appreciate.


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I had the following startup error- for some reason-
registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its .... etc

I have read all the recovery console stuff and attempted to do the following but I can't complete the second step "c:\windows\tmp\software.bak- it indicates the file can't be copied?:
What can I do?

md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
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A:registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its .

Can you try running chkdsk /f then chkdsk /r from a repair console?

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I recently tried to restart my computer and was given an error message saying that the \windows\system32\config\system was corrupt or missing, keeping me from booting up my computer. After some research I found out that to fix it you need to run the Recovery Console from the original boot disk, but I DO NOT HAVE THIS DISK!

This is an old computer (from 2002) that is running on Windows XP Home Edition, and the disk was lost many years ago, but I need to get it running again. I understand that there are some ISO images that I can use to create a new backup disk, but I cannot find any and many places say to not trust them. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me get this thing running again? I need to access the computer ASAP!

A:Recover Corrupted Registry Without Boot Disk

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Hi all, I was using an SD card in the built-in SD card slot on my laptop to store data files. Something happened that corrupted the SD card. Windows 7 still recognizes the SD card and I can see the files on the card, but I can't even copy the files off of it to save them, so that I can reformat the SD card to use it again. What would be the best approach to take for recovering these files? Are there any good user friendly programs out there, preferably free or open source, that I could use to try to recover these files? They are not vital files but they are important to me and I would like to recover them. Didn't know what was the best forum to use to post this in, so I chose General Discussion. Thanks, Steve

A:SD Card corrupted, any good software out there to recover my files?

The folks that make CCleaner also have a recovery program called Recurva which I've had some success with in similar situations.
You might give it a look.

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I have a rather old computer that has recently stopped booting properly. It starts as normal until it gets past the XP loading screen when it comes up with a blue screen with "STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}" and other stuff detailing a problem with some key file. The problem and solution are easy enough to find online, but there's one small problem. The solutions I've encountered all say near the start that they shouldn't be used on an OEM copy of XP, and the manual that came with my copy of XP says it's OEM software on it. None of the solutions I've encountered tell me what I should do instead if it's OEM software, just that I shouldn't follow their solutions if it is.

As my PC's self-made, I just have the install CD for XP(Home Edition, Version 2002 including service pack 2), no recovery disk. I also don't have a spare computer with SATA connections I would need to edit the drive from a separate computer. Does anyone know if there's any solution that's safe to perform for my XP instillation? Let me know if there's any other information that might be useful.

A:Corrupted registry and OEM software


Have you tried F8 on startup?

Is it that you want to try and recover the data of the Hard drive? It maybe the Hard drive that is faulty..how old is the hard drive?

You can buy a Enclosure (caddy) either IDE or Sata that will hook to another PC vis USB

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I am using XP home and when I start my laptop the following message came up:
STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.

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

I followed the link from other threads to the microsoft site explaining repairing the registry using the installation disk. I got the computer from my brother in law and do not know where the installation disks are. Also it was factory installed and the microsoft instructions say they do not work with OEM software. Is there a way to fix this without the disk? If I find the disk Dell supplied will it work since it it was not a XP install disk?

A:Hive file corrupted, no disk

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The registry ?hive? has become corrupted on my computer anyone know of an easy fix for this?

A:Registry Hive.

ERUNT has a registry hive cleaner. Also you could try dial-a-fix program for fixing programs. Good luck.

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i get a blue screen error message.
Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate.
this happend when i accidentally hit the power switch on the bus-bar that my comp was plugged into, shuttin off all the power while the comp was running.
My windows xp will not boot. i do not have any windows xp boot disks, Nor a floopy drive.
is there any way i can make a boot disk from another xp comp i have (it also has no floppy drive) just using a cd-rom??
is there any chance in hell to save my files on the harddisk?
ive looked all over the interweb. any help would be greatly appreciated.!!

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I am running Windows Vista.

When my Sony Vaio laptop boots up, it says:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \systemroot\system32\config\components

How can I fix this?


Thanks in advance! I need to get this working TODAY!


A:STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file):

You need to install a backup copy of your Registry. The simplest method would be a System Restore.

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My sister's Dell Dimension 4700 will not start. She gets the message - "Registry cannot load the hive(file) System Root\System 32\Config\Software or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable. Beginning dump of physical memory.; Physical memory complete. Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further assistance".

She tried start with the "Last Known Good Configuration..." but it did not work.

Neither of is expert at solving these problems but she is even less so, so I am trying to help her by phone.

Please advise.


A:Registry cannot load the Hive

Hi Jariva, welcome to TSF !

Follow these instructions :
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting

You'll need the Operating System CD you got with the Dell computer, if you didn't get one you can order it for free here : http://support.dell.com/support/topi.../backupcd_form

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I have an error in Vista that says;

{Registry Hive Recovered} Registry hive (file): 'SOFTWARE' was corrupted and it has been recovered. Some data might have been lost.

It happens whenever I log on.

Other times it just happens randomly:

{Registry Hive Recovered} Registry hive (file): '\SystemRoot\System32\Config\RegBack\SOFTWARE' was corrupted and it has been recovered. Some data might have been lost.


{Registry Hive Recovered} Registry hive (file): 'COMPONENTS' was corrupted and it has been recovered. Some data might have been lost.

Are other messages I have.

Does anyone know what this means? I used Event Log online, but it just took me to this page:
TechNet Events And Errors Message Center: Search Results

So far it's not made much of an impact on my computer, but I'm worried it will. The problems seemed to start after I downloaded, and then removed AVG. But I'm not sure if that is it or not.

A:Registry Hive Corruption?

Use system restore from one week before the problem.

For both windows 7 and Vista

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Win7 Pro Administrator plus one User (member of Administrators only)

Logged in as User , ran several install shields to install couple of related programs and applications that fomr a Video analytics system on the PC .
Typically there will be a registry hive with several sub hives and keys but with the main group titled Citilog

I have installed this software on a 100+ XP's and it always produces this Registry hive in the same place HkeyLocalMachine /software/Citilog 100% of the time this hive/keys key could always be found using reg.edit from the User in which the programs were installed.

i recently installed the same program on 7 Win7Pro PC's that had 1 Admin, 2 users member of Administrators only .
I ran install shields from User1 on all 7 PC's . The HKeyLocalmachine/software/Citilog registry hive is nowhere in this Users registry or even in the Admin registry or User2 registry but all programs are working . I can do a Search registry using Citilog as search term and I will get several smaller keys form around other parts of the registry but I never see the main Registry "folder" Citilog .. any ideas on how i could find it ?

A:Can't find Registry hive

What exactly are you trying to do here? Maybe we can help you do it in a different way than you have been with XP since Windows 7 obviously does things a bit differently.

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hi guys, i've got a desktop with xp sp2 on it. it can't boot to windows, all i get is a black screen after the bios. when i try to boot into safemode it loads drivers up to windows\system32\config\system and then nothing after that. it doesn't give any error messages either. i tried booting to an ERD commander 05 disc to see if i could perform a system restore but ERD says the "system" registry hive is missing. i think this means that i've got a screwed registry. is there anyway to rebuild the registry through recovery console? and by the way, i've already tried to do a repair install from the windows cd, no option to repair, just a clean install. if anyone has any ideas let me know, cause if not i'm just gonna try to copy my files off the hard drive to another pc and do a wipe and reload.

A:registry hive missing

This link may help.


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Sophos finds these 4 problems:
Warning: Error parsing raw registry hive S-1-5-18. Registry scan may not be supported on this version of Windows.

Area: Windows registry
Description: Hidden registry value
Location: \HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2181395589-731268670-266398665-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TrayNotify\PastIconsStream
Removable: No
Notes: (type 3, length 1045732) "\x14 \x05 \x01 \x01 \xc0\x03 \x14 IL \x06\xc0\x03\xc1\x03\x04 \x10 \x10 \xff\xff\xff\xff! \xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xffBM6 6 ( \x10 \x10<" ... "\x80\x07 \xc0\x07 "

Area: Local hard drives
Description: Unknown hidden file
Removable: Yes (but clean up not recommended for this file)
Notes: (no more detail available)

Area: Local hard drives
Description: Unknown hidden file
Location: C:\Program Files\MozyHome\Data\filter_raw.log.1
Removable: Yes (but clean up not recommended for this file)
Notes: (no more detail available)

When I run Malwarebytes:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.37
Database version: 2234
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

6/5/2009 8:12:05 PM
mbam-log-2009-06-05 (20-12-05).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|E:\|)
Objects scanned: 166724
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 58 minute(s), 6 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files I... Read more

A:Error parsing raw registry hive S-1-5-18

Hello and welcome to TSF.

If you still need help, please post a fresh DDS.txt as it has been a while since you posted.

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I am using windows xp and when i boot my computer it gives the following error:

windows cannot start registry hive file is corrupt or no longer exists.

how can i get rid of this problem.

A:Registry hive file corruption

Do you have all of the current Windows Critical Updates?

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I get the following message on startup and cannot do anything on my laptop
STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
the registry cannot load the hive (file)
or its log or alternate.

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

A:Solved: the registry cannot load the hive

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I have been having problems with my husbands computer for almost 2 weeks. I am sorry if I am giving you too much info but, I do not want to assume what is important and what isn't.

HP Pavilion Entertainment PC dv9033cl
Win XP Media Center - updates are current

Antivirus/Spyware Software:
Lavasoft Adaware - updated and running clean
Spybot - updated and running clean
Panda Global Protection - updated couple of low threat cookie adware (will talk about later)
Panda ActiveScan 2.0 - updated a running clean

How problem started:
The weekend before Thanksgiving I paid and updated to Global Protection my panda subscription. It found a 2Search adware but, only notified me of it. The program did not try to fix it. Per Pandas Virus Encyclopedia it advised to use Active Scan. I ran it and found that now I need to buy it to fix problems. So, that is what I did. Long story short it was Wednesday of last week before Panda gave me a backdoor link to get it working because the site said my login and password did not work. At any rate, I fixed the problems it found. 2Search was not one of them. Since then Panda Global Protection sometimes finds 2 different low level threats at different times that I run it. I can not find it in my notes what the second one is. I think it may be Atwola but that may have been on my laptop.

This weekend Internet explorer started having problems. Sometimes it started and at other times it froze after starting the homepage.... Read more

A:The registry cannot load the hive on startup

Hi .Related reading: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830084I suggest downloading a diagnostic from the website of the hard drive respective manufactuer (for the drive you are trying to format/restore/recover) and running it. Long test if a long and short are offered.Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/ Louis

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i recently did a factory restore on my dell inspiron 2305 desktop computer and since then it has been stuck on the startup repair loop. i performed the factory restore because my computer had a virus and the dell tech support advised me to do so but they then hung up on me and did not finish the restore properly. i have been unable to get out of the startup repair loop for about a week and i desperately need to use my computer. i tried the windows 7 cmd startup repair loop solution but i was unable to continue because i have 0 bytes of default , sam , security , software and system . i am financially unable to purchase a windows 7 disk and was wondering if there was anyway to fix this without one. PLEASE HELP IT IS URGENT.

A:0 bytes size registry hive

If you're in the "loop", try and follow the instructions in this article to see if it helps:


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I installed Sysinternals Autoruns , and in a moment of madness deleted something , and I don't even know what it was that I deleted .

The result is an Infinite Loop preventing Windows from loading , and a message saying " Encountered an unknown error , windows installation cannot proceed "

I ran Tutorial 139576 which showed me that I have an 0-byte sized registry hive .

Where do I go from here ?? I am a novice who would only be following any instructions I am given parrot fashion .

I have a repair disc and a set of recovery discs but only wish to re-install as an absolute last resort , although I did make two attempts to re-install ( with all info intact ). They both seemed to be working , but when I tried to re-boot Windows nothing had changed ,( I was still in that endless loop , getting the same message) but now I also have the two backup files created by the two re-install attempts .

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I'm having this blue screen on a windows vista pc. It happens on boot and won't let me get into safe mode.

Help is greatly appreciated, thx

A:The registry cannot load the hive file.

Hi, if you cannot access safe mode then you will not be able to use "last known good", which runs a registry backup. You will need a copy of the Vista OS and set your cd rom to be first boot device, (you do this in the BIOS). Boot with the OS dvd and select the "repair your computer" option, this is known as the RE. You will need to copy out these instructions:-

? Boot from Vista DVD
? Get in to WINRE
? Open command prompt
? Enter the following commands to fix the issue.
We need to determine what OS the RE assigned a drive letter to (not always C) so at the x sources prompt type:- bcdedit |find ?osdevice? press enter (must inc the " the | is called a pipe and is located above the \ key, use the returned OS drive letter in the following cmds (assume C:).

Press enter after each cmd, you type the cmd's in RED.

cd windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config> ren default default.old
C:\windows\system32\config> ren sam sam.old
C:\windows\system32\config> ren security security.old
C:\windows\system32\config> ren software software.old
C:\windows\system32\config> ren system system.old

C:\windows\system32\config> cd regback

C:\windows\system32\config\regback> copy default c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback> copy sam c:\windows\system32\config
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i have a computer that was infected with one of those rogue security programs
i was able to find and delete everything that kept bringing that back exe's reg loading points ect...

but i think theres still something on there because i still cant run any applications

i've checked the registy under the exefile key and everything is correct, i can run programs like regedit, cmd, taskmgr.
but i can't run combofix, malwarebytes internet explorer

i also can't get into safe mode

i was hoping that there was a program that can scan a registry hive, i have the hard drive slaved in another machine

i really need to repair this computer with out re-os'ing if there is anything that anyone can think of i'm willing to give it all a try

thank you

A:Scan registry hive files


Anybody have any ideas?

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Can someone please help me. I used Sophos Anti Rootkit Scanner and it showed:" Error parsing raw registry hive S-1-5-18. Registry scan may not be supported on this version of windows." I have tried about twenty five different scans and I can't get rid of it. I have used: Malwarebytes Anti Malware, Ad Aware 2008, MRU Blaster, Advanced Windows Care, Avira Anti Virus, C Cleaner, Spybot S&D, Spyhunter, SUPER Anti Spyware, Kapersky Lab Tool, Panda Anti Rootkit, Spyware Doctor, ComboFix, Registry Scrub XP amongst others. I am running Windows XP with 639MB of RAM. Please, if someone can help me it would be appreciated.

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I know this has been addressed but not sure how to proceed.

Windows won't boot up past the win xp screen. It just goes to a black screen. F11 won't get me to safe mode or any of the options.

I don't have a recovery disc or xp cd.

I ran Avanquest's System Suite11 pc tune-up and repair cd and got

" The registry is corrupt. Windows could not start because the following file(s) is missing or corrupt.


what to do?

A:Solved: registry hive is corrupt

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Hi, I am trying, without success to create a script to open a file c:\defaulthive.reg and find and replace "profileuser" with %username%" and then save the file back tot he same location. Can anyone please help?

A:script to edit hive registry file


You could use PowerShell's Get-content on the file, pipe to a Foreach-Object that replaces text for text using a regular expression, then pipe that to another file using Set-content (this will take a while!).

May I ask, why would you want to do this? Any such action will probably damage the registry.

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My husband's laptop (running Windows 2000 SP 4) very occasionally gets the "blue screen of death". We got the "Blue screen" this morning, shut down the pc to reboot...the startup was very slow as it went through a couple checks. After the second check we received the following error:
"C0000218 Registry File Failure: Registry can't load hive file
File corrupt\absent or not writable".

I saw another post on this similar problem, but since I'm running Windows 2000 (and not XP) I'm wondering what the difference is and what I should do???

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Much thanks.

A:Win2000 Registry Error on Hive file

Here is something about w2000: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=822705

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I have this weird problem in SP3 that doesn't exist in SP2: When I login as Administrator, launch regedit and try to examine the registry content of another user that is defined in the system - I can't find that other user!

I can see .DEFAULT and some other pre-defined accounts (that don't appear on the logon welcome screen), but I can't see that other user (who DOES appear on the welcome screen).

(if I login as that other user, I can see "myself" in the registry, but not the Admin, which is fine for me, but not being able to see all users in the system as the Administrator is a problem for me)

Is this a new feature of (Windows XP) SP3? If so, where can I learn more about this?

If not, what is the explanation for Windows XP (SP3) hiding that HKU user hive from me, the Administrator?


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I have an oddball problem. We cloned a client's bad hard drive to a fresh hard drive, but some of the files were corrupted - including the registry, and many of the registry backups. Unfortunately, to do a repair install Windows needs the registry hives to be intact, or it won't give you the repair option.

For this system I've been using UBCD4Win - I've been manually loading each hive from the system volume information backups. The software I've been using will either show some registry entries (if it's at least somewhat good) or show no entries or crash if the hive is bad. This is an incredibly slow process.

Does anyone know a command line program that, given the path to a specific registry hive, can determine if the hive is intact or corrupt? I would like to automate this for the future.

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Last night out of the blue my friend's lenovo laptop (core 2 duo, 2GB RAM, Windows Vista Basic) began freezing at startup. I tried running system restore from the Lenovo Care Rescue and Recovery software included and after that began getting a blue screen on startup saying:
STOP: C9999218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable

Collectring data for crash dum...
Inistializing disk for crash dump...

Then the computer tries to reboot only to return to the blue screen.

Any ideas what I can do, short of restoring the computer to factory conditions?

(I am able to "rescue" - ie find and copy to a USB drive - files from the hard drive using the Rescue and Recovery Console.)


A:registry file failure (can't find hive)

H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
http://www.carrona.org/memdiag.html (read the details at the link)
http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html (read the details at the link)

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: http://www.carrona.org/malware.html (read the details at the link)

Also, try running Startup Repair to see if that will fix the startup options.

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I have used the following steps to make changes to the registry for the default user profile on a Windows 2000 Professional system

Start Regedt32.exe, and select the HKEY_USERS on Local Machine window. Highlight the root key of HKEY_USERS.
From the Registry menu, select Load Hive. Browse for the directory you identified in step 1, and select the NTuser.dat file located in that directory.

A dialog box will prompt you to enter a key name. You can use any value, but you must remember this value so that you can select it during the unload process. For this reason, we recommend that you use the user name.

Click Enter to add the profile registry hive as a subkey to HKEY_USERS.

Edit the existing values as necessary.

After completing the changes, highlight the root of the user's profile registry key, and from the Registry menu, select Unload Hive. This saves the changes to the user's profile. (When you first selected Load Hive, the key was mapped to the file selected in the Open dialog box. A Save As command is therefore unnecessary.)

Does anybody know of any way of atomating this operation so it can be performed from a command or batch file. Perhaps a program that can read a file of registry keys/values and apply them to the ntuser.dat file in the Default User profile directory.



A:Win2K: Automate changes to default user registry hive

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I haven't had this happen but Just wondering: lets say that all reg hives in boot table are corrupt and blue screen results on all options-but you have a current valid full TRULY KNOWN GOOD copy of the hive (exported to another drive, usb key, cd or other media etc.) Does anyone know how you could swap out or point the source file loaction to a REAL "last known good" registry file. I'm going to guess the gurus will suggest to boot to XP console as a solution- but dont really know what the procedure would be.

A:Boot>f8 To Last Known Good: Can Registry Hive File Be Swapped Out Somehow?

How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from startingRepairing Windows XP in Eight Commands

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I have been viewing posts all week trying to figure out how to resolve this:

I get an error no matter how I try to boot into xp (safe, last known good, etc.). I do NOT have any kind of installation disk as it was installed on my pc when I bought it.

Would a dl copy of windows be able to patch it? I am begging for any help. Is there any way to get Windows recovery console without install disk?

A:BSOD = c0000218 {registry hive failure} ...system32\DEFAULT

Hello RuFu5

If your copy of XP is legal and you have your own product key you can borrow an XP installation CD in order to use the Recovery Console.

Do not try to do a full "Repair" with a borrowed CD


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Well this is the second computer I've gotten in less than a week with similar symptoms so I thought I'd see what everyone thinks.

Just got machine. Plugged her in, turned on, got to the Windows 7 boot splash, sat there for a very long time, and hit BSOD!

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

Now obvious signs point to registry is long since gone missing. Well I'm thinking different.

First off I booted up into a recovery console from the advanced boot options menu. Everything got in just fine and I opened the console up and tried to do a chkdsk /f.

chkdsk /f
The disk is write-protected.

Hmm, that's the exact same problem I had on the machine I had a few days ago. (though it never gave me the BSOD registry stop. I should really just stop talking about that machine the owner just said reformat it so I did)

So in trying to get at least a chkdsk to run, I went into diskpart.exe and was poking around. System drive is not read-only and is healthy. Smart also says drive tests fine. Hmm...

Next try a system restore, well simply that failed. It couldn't write to the drive...

Checked Bios next. Nothings funky. Restored it to defaults and tried booting anyways. Nada.

Seems to me like most of the system is just fine, just something is blocking everything from writing to the drive.

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A:BSOD upon startup. No boot. Registry Cannot load System hive

The problem is you are trying to run chkdsk on X:, which is the virtual hard disk created by the recovery software. You need to change to C:, D:, or E: (most systems have a C: partition in restore that is system reserved and a D: drive that is the Windows partition; if a vendor created a recovery partition, drive E: may also exist).Use Advanced Boot Options to select Repair Your Computer and get to the System Recovery Options. Then select the command prompt. Do the following:chkdsk /r c:
chkdsk /r d:
chkdsk /r e:
chkdsk /r f:.etc until you get the message that the volume could not be opened for direct access. For any drives that do not give the message:
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems
run chkdsk again as above. In other words, if it says:
Windows has made corrections to the file system
after running the disk check, run the disk check again.

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I have had multiple problems with my computer in the past few weeks. Programs will stop responding. It is overall sluggish. I have ran virus scans and malware scans. nothing comes up. I use MSE virus, and Malwarebytes. Again they have found nothing. My internet stops working and I have to delete and reinstall my adapter drivers. I have taken screen shots of the errors on my log if someone could please assist me. I dont know what actions to do to repair this problem. The only actions I have taken so far are running CCleaner, and backing up my system as I fear this will only get worse.

Also my system is a Dell XPS 1640 running Windows 7 64x

Screenshots below:

When it says Windows Failed to shutdown properly it is because my computer was on Sleep mode and it got a blue screen, I believe from overheating, and it would shut itself down. This started a few weeks ago but was never this often.

I have had several random Registry hot key failures, I have no idea what this means but even when using the Screen Capture program I got a registry hot key error.
I believe I am having some serious issues. I need to know what to do to fix this before it crashes my entire system for good. Someone please help me. I can provide more detailed information if need be, I just dont know what else you need to know.

A:Windows Failed to start, Hive corrupt? Several Registry errors?

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Hello Team,

I have some windows 8.1 computers which are connected to a domain.

HKLM\DRIVERS registry hive is getting deleted just a litter later after our logon and it comes back when we log off and login again. once again it gets vanished after some time. This happens with all the machines which are there in our work network.

I could see the same behavior with VMs hosted in hyper-v and also on the physical machines. 

Assuming that this could be because of some corporate group policy, I checked in some machines which are in our network and not connected to domain, the same problem could be seen also on the machines not connected to domain.

Just wondering if this an expected behavior of this is some kind of a problem.

I work as an application packager and i see some driver installation done by applications gets failed and I wanted to figure out if that is due to this issue with HKLM\DRIVERS registry.

would be helpful if someone could get me out of this.

Thanks & Regards,
Venkata Ramana

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I am going out of my mind. I am trying to run xp x64 OS but nothing is going smooth at all. When installing files I get "corrupt" errors, crc errors, checksum errors from the CD's (which work fine on other systems) or other downloaded files, I can't install anything. When I boot up I get a "registry hive (file): The system was able to recover ..." errors occasionally. Other times I get a brief blue screen and then a restart.

Here's the specs:
ASUS P5Q Pro mobo
Intel E8400 processor
8gb ram (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231152)
EVGA Geforce 8600 GTS (running off generic startup VGA drivers because I can't install anything)

I've left the mobo jumpers at default as well as all the bios settings. Does anyone have any idea what is going on with this or how to fix it? I have noticed the system runs smoother when I have only one 2gb stick of ram.


A:XP 64 - everything corrupts, random blue screen, registry hive (file) errors.

If the system wrote memory dumps during the BSOD's they should be in c:\windows\minidump. Zip up all that are there and attach them to your next post. They may tell us something.

In the interim, run chkdsk /f on the HDD.

Regards. . .



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Hello and thank you for your help,

The other day when i tried booting my PC up, a blue screen appeared with the message

The Registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\System

I have the Windows XP professional CD, and i need a way to fix this without having to reformat my hard-drive. i was wondering if recovery console will fix it without deleting everything on my HD. Or is it possible to just re-install windows on top of the one i have, will that reformat the HD?

If anyone knows what to do, please help asap

A:The Registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\System

Hello alijav134

Here is guided help from Microsoft to fix your problem


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A couple of days ago, i set my computer for a 'Administrator User Account login/w password' before windowsXP would boot. The next time i went to start up windows,either i forgot the correct password or the correct password would not work,nevertheless i could not get by the Administrator user to get windows started. After fooling around,somehow i got a user log in and got in without any password.

Everything is fine except i decided to do a full reformat(im experienced). Instead of getting my computers reformat page, i got the following:

"stop:c0000218 (registry file failure)the registry cannot load the hive file...
\systemroot\system32\config\security or its log or alternative it is corrupt,
abscent, or not writeable"

I did a system restore,no luck.

Again everything seems fine except trying to do a reformat. I fiqure sooner or later the problem will show up elsewhere if i dont take care of it now.

amy comments?

A:"stop:c0000218 (registry file failure)the registry cannot load the hive file..."

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everythings was fine and dandy with my week old new hard drive,until tonight i turn it on and get "c0000218 registry file failure...cannot load the hive \systemroot\system32\config\sam
cannot find its log or alternate,its corrupt,absent or unwritable..

whats happened? how can i fix it... can i hook the other hdd up and copy anything from this old hard drive im using now (reg setting.hive?),to the other one so i can boot from that again?
i don't want to use this old 6gig hdd and re install everything!!

help very much appreciated

A:get "c0000218 registry file failure...cannot load the hive \systemroot\system32\confi

Not pretty, if all of the hardware was ok before, it looks like the new disk may have failed (according to MS), see here,

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Right, so my 8 year old laptop is refusing to start up. Every time I try, I get a BSOD with the message


Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate

I've tried to boot from my installation disk but it won't let me - it goes straight to the BSOD. Any fixes to this at all?

A:"Registry cannot load Hive File..."

Hi OG, The only thing that comes to my mind is that changing the boot order to allow the computer to boot the CD rom drive first might let you boot from the XP disk. It seems like whats happening is that either your hard drive has gone bad or windows is in such a state that C: can't even load boot.ini. That said changing the boot order should allow the CD to boot and you should be able to go from there. Try powering the computer on and immediately pressing the F2, F8, F12, or Del key which ever key your particular computer uses to enter the bios. If you are able to get into the Bios use the arrow keys to navigate to the boot order and then change it to boot form the CD rom drive first. Make sure you save the settings and turn off the computer. Then place your CD in the drive and hit the power button. Hopefully that will get you to where you need to go to correct the problem with the XP disk. I hope that helps. Let me know if I can help further.


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I was using Peachtree Accounting software and i'm not sure exactly what happened but whenever i try opening the database it tells me that it cannot determine the security priviledges and won't open. Who has any idea what i can do to recover the data? I have tried reinstalling the software but it doesn't help.

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I realized that there are a few BIOS updates, after my version (1.26) that seem to offer performance inmprovements. I probably need those, since my brother has a laptop with identical specs to mine, but his runs faster in games. I made sure I have proper drivers and all that stuff, but his is still faster. I also know that if a BIOS update fails, I'll have an expensive brick. I'd rather not have that, so before doing the update, I want to be sure I can recover my computer. 

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how can i format a corrupted sd card

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