Registry hive corrupted, restore disk doesn't work.

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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?
 

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One of the first sites I saw on the issue.

Only problem is that my computer completely reboots no matter what, before I get to do anything. Setup will examine my comp specs, and then as it's going into the usual setup program, it'll reboot instead.
 

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Not sure how to describe it.

You know how Windows XP setup has a blue background? I stop right before that happens.
 
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Sounds like a hardware problem at this point. Did you have any problems before the registry failure?

Try going into BIOS setup and choosing either the default settings or the setup default settings, if you have those options.

Do a check of all your connections, be sure that memory is seated it its slots, check that the drive cables are in, and be sure the graphics card is firmly in its slot.

You can try an easy memory check with one of these:

Microsoft Memory Test (floppy or CD ISO image)
Memtest86

Do you have a floppy drive?
 

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That's what I was thinking, but hoping wasn't the problem.

Been having some troubles lately. Electricity got shut off and the memory's been wonky ever since. I ordered new RAM and the computer's been still wonky with that. I've done Memtest86 on both the old and new RAM, both passed fine though.
 

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Nope. Sadly I'm away from the troublesome comp at the moment. I'll try it later.
 

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I tried resetting the BIOS back to fail-safe defaults, and now the computer just resets while Windows is loading. It's as if whenever my comp hits a certain point, it'll hit the reboot button.
 
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I didn't think Windows was working at all. What happened to the registry failure?

Can you boot from the CD and start setup now or enter the Recovery Console?
 

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Nah, it gets to where it was about before. It's that little loading bar that shows up while Windows is pre-loading. Then it reboots. I don't get to see the login screen at all.

I grabbed a knoppix cd from a friend though. Thankfully that loaded. Trying to do the regular repair now.
 

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Unfortunately, through some sheer point of brilliance, my Windows partition is NTFS, and my knoppix cd doesn't support writing to it.

Any other ideas?
 
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