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2000 fail to boot

by mbuc310 / March 17, 2004 7:29 AM PST

New to 2000. Machine displays a BSOD stop error on boot, "registry file failure" ...system32\config\software or it's log or alternate is corrupt, absent or not writable. I seem not to be able to do a repair install of 2000, as it warns of wiping out everything, and the LAST KNOWN GOOD STATE fails. How do I fix?
matt

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Re:2000 fail to boot
by jconner / March 17, 2004 8:41 AM PST
In reply to: 2000 fail to boot

Are you able to get in to safe mode? This would allow you to diagnose what got corrupted and get your data off before anything more drastic. Could be a virus as well, so use a virus boot disk to check.

If you have critical files on your "C" drive and absolutely need to retrieve before a re-install perhaps
you can use this LINUX solution
http://www.tokyopc.org/newsletter/2003/04/perfesserapril03.htm

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Re:Re:2000 fail to boot
by mbuc310 / March 17, 2004 9:09 AM PST
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I took the drive out and scanned it in another machine, no virus activity. Can't boot into safe mode, same error. The problem seems to be a corrupt file/directory. XP provides a repair Install to fix issues like this. 2000 appears not to. I can see the drive in the other machine as the ntfs partition is not encrypted and I am using a XP machine to view the drive. I can use Knoppix too, but no help with the corruption issue. Just trying to avoid a reinstall.

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Re:Re:Re:2000 fail to boot
by jconner / March 17, 2004 11:00 AM PST
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Re:Re:Re:Re:2000 fail to boot
by mbuc310 / March 18, 2004 10:29 AM PST

Thanks.
Matt

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