Cannot start XP - Registry file failure

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Himanshu

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Hello all,

Win XP pro does not start. After the "loading XP window with the progress bar", I get a blue screen with the following error:

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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 writable.
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It shows the same error screen even for safe mode and last known good configuration.


Lately, the BSOD had started appearing quite frequently and everytime a different error code used to appear.
The last time I was shutting down my computer the BSOD had appeared and so I switched it off from the main power switch. This probably corrupted some registry settings.(http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=822705)

Any help shall be greatly appreciated.
 

Himanshu

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I had made a set of 6 XP setup disks a few months ago. Are these setup disks specific to my system or common for all XP systems? Can these be used to correct the registry?
 

dai

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a repair is done by booting from the xp cd and choosing install
then continuing with install until windows finds the previous installation and offers the repair
 

Himanshu

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Great to see you again,dai.
I am performing the upgrade and lets see if I am sucessful.
 

Himanshu

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The lsass.exe system error -An invalid parameter was passed to a service or function.
pops up during "installling windows" step. On pressing Ok the pc reboots.
What do I do? Format and fresh install?
 

dai

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found this
If the lsass.exe is spelt with a capital L this is ok...if spelt all lower case this is a virus
try the repair again
 

Himanshu

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It is a small l.
I have tried the repair several times. Each time, on clicking ok on this lsass error window ,the pc reboots.
 

dai

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it looks like format will be the quickest,i can find plenty on lsass but nothing on how to get around it on a reinstall
 

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When XP was fine, I regularly scanned my computer with online scans, avg free with latest def was installed, XP firewall was enabled.

Any idea how can I access C drive using recovery console?It asks for administrator password (which is actually blank).
 

dai

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leave blank and press enter
in the recovery console type help and it will give a list of available commands
i am not sure if it is a virus but it is virtually all that come up on searches and you need to be into windows to do anything with the search results
i was looking for it appearing in an install or a repair,i did find a link to ms but it has been removed and the only thing close said to install the latest sp,which is not much use in the circumstances and i think it is because it is patched to stop the virus after sp1
that's why i suggested the format might be the quickest option
 

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>>Leave blank and press enter
This used to work when "Registry error" used to be displayed.
But after I Performed part 1 , 2 and 3 mentioned at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545, the lsass.exe error started comming.
Now even after pressing enter in Recovery console, it says invalid password.

Anyway I will format C partition.
 
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