Dell D830 computer loaded with Win XP Pro recently was sluggish. The machine finally hung up.
Ran CHKDSK; the run finished but came back with disk errors. Attempted to boot the machine again. The BSOD appeared with the following error message...then "STOP...c0000218 (Registry file failure)...The registry cannot load the hive (file) \SystemRoot\System32\config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable". Next appeared "Beginning dump of physical memory. Physical dump of memory complete. Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further assistance".
Attempted to boot from the system CD but it installed another operating system. I cannot recover any of the programs or other data. Any ideas to salvage this data?
Edited by hamluis, 14 December 2013 - 10:24 AM.
Moved from IH to Win 8 - Hamluis.