In the Windows systems, the registry is the hierarchical database that saves all the information of the configuration settings and miscellaneous options. It has the settings for the low-level system components as well as for the third-party applications. Sometimes, when the critical registry entries get corrupted or go missing you are unable to boot the system.
Such situations can arise because of various reasons such as virus infections, abrupt system shutdown, hardware malfunctions, power outages, etc. In such cases, you should resolve to using appropriate steps to address this situation. However, if you are not able to do so then you should use a third-party hard drive recovery software.
Consider a scenario wherein you are working on your Windows 2000 system. Suddenly, there is a power surge and the system shuts down abruptly. You switch on the system when the power is restored but fail to do so. An error message is displayed, that is:
“Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Kindly note that the “ced” letters are not part of the message and were actually part of the error message in the previous screen.
There could be various reasons for this error message.
A Promise Technology, Inc. ATA66 PCI controller card is installed in the computer.
The System hive in the registry is damaged or missing.
To resolve this error message, you should perform either of the following methods:
Remove the Promise Technology ATA66 PCI Controller: Remove the Promise Technology ATA66 PCI controller card, check the BIOS settings to make sure that the IDE controller on your motherboard is enabled, and then run Windows 2000 Setup again.
Restore a Backup of the System Hive: Use the Repair Console tool to replace the backup copy of the System hive from the repair folder.
Reduce the Size of the System Hive: If a large number of resources are shared on the computer, the registry may become too large. So, you should reduce the size of the System Hive.
However, if you are still not able to resolve the issue and access the hard drive then you should use a third-party hard drive recovery tool to recover hard drive. Such read-only tools are able to perform hard drive recovery and do not overwrite the hard drive while scanning it.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a windows hard drive recovery software that enables you to recover hard drive from FAT, NTFS, and exFAT file systems. It is able to recover more than 185 different file types from various storage media such as hard disks, external hard drives, iPods, memory cards, etc. In addition, this hard drive recovery software is capable of recovering deleted emails from MS Outlook and Outlook Express. It is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.
Repairing corrupted registry hive in Windows 2000