Possible Registry Corruption

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I am currently running Windows 2000 SP4 and have run into a huge problem. I had my computer off for about 3 days and I go to it today and boot up. Everything seems normal but once I log in it says something like "Could not open environment section in Registry. Logging in as normal user." I hit ok and was surprised to see that only the standard icons on my desktop were showing up. Nothing in my taskbar or quick launch bar. I decided to do a manual check of my registry with Regedit.

Upon further investigation I found that there are alot of keys and values missing from the HKEY_CURRENT_USER (I checked this by logging into my computer with my brother's account). Then, when I try to go to My Computer->Properties->Advanced Tab and then click on the Environment varibles button, I get an error message that says "Cannot open USER environment section in Registry. Possible corruption." I cannot do any actions in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER key. I check both Google and MSDN and nothing has come up. I am backing up everything just in case I need to format and reinstall windows. Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Hmmmm....this 'might' work, depending on how 'friendly' windows was feeling. If it logged your bootup as abnormal, then restarting, hitting F8 at the right time, and choosing 'Last Known good configuration' "might" (and I say that hopefully) just fix the problem. If not, then looking at what you have said, you might just need to reinstall. However, don't do that until someone else has looked at the problem. They might be able to fix the reg for you.


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