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Solution to the issue of corrupted registry files

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The Windows Registry store the system configuration settings of the operating system and the applications installed on it. If the registry files get corrupted, then the system fails to recognize the operating components as well as the applications and the whole system becomes inaccessible. Though options are there to repair and replace the registry files, the process is  quite complex and tedious. Hence, for faster and safe recovery of the data it is better to opt for any Windows data recovery utility.


While trying to start or restart your computer with Windows XP operating system, the system  ceases to boot further. The system displays an error message and hangs during the booting process. As the system fails to boot, the data in the drive remains inaccessible and any Windows data recovery software is a wiser choice to get back your valuable data. The error message can be any of the following:

“Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM”

“Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE”


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


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


The most likely cause behind the above instances of error messages is that the registry of the operating system has been corrupted.


To resolve this operating system registry issue, you have to repair or replace the corrupted registry files. In order to replace the files, first you have to take backup of the old registry files,  repair them and again place them in the registry folder. The following steps can guide you for the same:

•Try inserting the Windows XP CD and restart the computer. Prior to this, inside BIOS, change the boot device as the CD-ROM drive.

•Go to the Recovery Console command prompt and enter the following lines:

•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
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

•The above step takes the temporary registry that is generated during system start-up. This process may start the system, however data may remain inaccessible. Hence, you need to go to the previous restore points and copy the registry from their.

The above steps may resolve the issues, however, sometimes unavailability of restore point or recent backup, leaves the data inaccessible. This situation has only solution, that is to recover the data by using a powerful windows data recovery software.

These Windows data recovery software are developed to locate and recover the data from the storage media irrespective of the data loss situation. More over, these utilities are very easy to use and does not even require any technical knowledge.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is  one of the finest windows data recovery utility to recover any lost or inaccessible data from the system. Even, you can have a preview of the recoverable files before originally recovering them and make a customized recovery of the files you want first.

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