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Thread: Blue screen of death Registry cannot load the hive

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    Silver Member Linedawg's Avatar
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    Blue screen of death Registry cannot load the hive

    This is an error i got today while a computer was giving the blue screen of death. if you ever see the error message:

    "Stop: C0000218 {Registry File Failure} Registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE. It is corrupt, absent, or not writeable."

    This is how you can fix this issue.

    Boot to your CD and choose R (Recovery Console), at the command prompt, type the following:

    ren c:\windows\system32\config\software software.old
    copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config


    But there is a small warning for computer that is a part of a domain environment. This will set all security templates to default and you may have to load a few minor applications. But it will allow windows to start back up and work normally. (If it is on a domain just run gpupdate /force to refresh all the group policy setting from the domain controllers)

    I just thought I would share this one with every one.

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