Posted 18 October 2015 - 03:40 PM
Hi guys. I'm running Vista 64x Home Premium, and am completely unable to boot Windows. Each time I get a BSOD with STOP: c000218
Registry cannot load the hive file: \SystemRoot\System32\Config\COMPONENTS
or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.
So, how to fix? My research on this so far seems to point to it either being an issue with the RAM, malware, or the registry. I ran memtest and no errors came up, and I checked my drive with the AVG rescue disk for viruses. I also bought neosmart's easy recovery disk for Vista and tried system restore and their automatic system repair, neither of which worked.
So I assume the issue must be in the registry? I'd rather not have to reinstall Windows (esp. since I don't even have a disk), so if I look through the registry, how can I know if there is an issue, and how do I fix it?