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Resolving Windows 2000 Windows Could not Boot

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Windows Registry saves information for almost all configuration settings and options on Windows operating system. The registry also contains critical information related to user-interface, applications (both inbuilt and third-party), kernel, SAM, and device drivers. This hierarchical database can get corrupted due to fatal virus attack, operating system malfunction, and incorrectly using Windows Registry Editor. Two major hazards that a Windows 2000 user encounters after registry corruption are – unbootability of operating system and inaccessibility of hard drive data. In such situations, a valid backup acts as a boon and allows the user to restore data. However, inaccessibility of a valid backup does not leave any other option for the user, but to use an effective third-party disk recovery tool.

The above problem can be explained using the below error message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced” 

The error message pops when the user boots his/her Windows 2000 system. Additionally, the user may also receive another error message:

System Hive Error

After the above error messages appear, the data saved in Windows 2000 based hard drive becomes inaccessible.


The above error message appear when Windows Registry is corrupt or missing.


To get past above error messages and to access hard drive data, the user needs to make changes in the Windows Registry. However, the problem might increase:

  • If the user performs incorrect changes in the registry, or

  • If the user is unable to reach system registry settings.

In both the cases, the user needs to re-install Windows 2000 operating system. Although the process of re-installation deletes all the data saved in the hard drive, but it successfully overcomes the above error messages.

Recovery after formatting is possible using an effective disk recovery software. A   disk recovery utility scans a formatted hard drive using powerful recovery algorithms and recovers all lost files and folders. Such software are readily available on the Internet and can be used by a novice.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a powerful, safe, and complete solution to recover data from a formatted Windows 2000 based hard drive. It also supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2003. The recovered data can be saved at user-specified destination. The   disk recovery software is compatible with FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems

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