The Registry Cannot load the hive (file)


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Father Justin

I have a friend and apparently the Lord doesn't like him very much.
He gets a blue screen of death with the following message.
The Registry Cannot load the hive (file)
\systemroot\system32\config\software
or its lot or alternate.
it is corrupt, absent ot not verifiable.

I googled this message and the only way I see to fix it requires the
Windows media. He is currently traveling the world and doesn't have his
CD with him.
Is there a way for him to recover the registry some other way?

This is why I use a Mac....
 
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John Wunderlich

I have a friend and apparently the Lord doesn't like him very
much. He gets a blue screen of death with the following message.
The Registry Cannot load the hive (file)
\systemroot\system32\config\software
or its lot or alternate.
it is corrupt, absent ot not verifiable.

I googled this message and the only way I see to fix it requires
the Windows media. He is currently traveling the world and
doesn't have his CD with him.
Is there a way for him to recover the registry some other way?

This is why I use a Mac....

My approach would be to have your friend use another computer to burn a
Live Linux CD such as Knoppix and boot from that disk. This disk can
be used to substitute for the CD with Recovery Console steps in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article

"How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from
starting"
<http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545>

You will have to look past the exact steps and instead follow the
intent in the KB article and use Linux to copy, move, and rename backup
registry files as directed in the article.

Knoppix:
<http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html>

HTH,
John
 
F

Father Justin

My approach would be to have your friend use another computer to burn a
Live Linux CD such as Knoppix and boot from that disk. This disk can
be used to substitute for the CD with Recovery Console steps in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article

"How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from
starting"
<http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545>

You will have to look past the exact steps and instead follow the
intent in the KB article and use Linux to copy, move, and rename backup
registry files as directed in the article.

Knoppix:
<http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html>

HTH,
John



Yikes.
that won't happen. I don't have the machine and there's no way he's
technically adept enough to do something like that.
 
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PA Bear [MS MVP]

With all due respect, that's like telling us, "My friend's car won't start:
When he turns the key, it sounds like <rrrrrrr> and sometimes like
<chuga-chuga-chuga> but it never starts. How can he get the car running
again?"

PS: Watch it, the Lord's a PC! <eg>
 
P

Pegasus [MVP]

Father Justin said:
I have a friend and apparently the Lord doesn't like him very much.
He gets a blue screen of death with the following message.
The Registry Cannot load the hive (file)
\systemroot\system32\config\software
or its lot or alternate.
it is corrupt, absent ot not verifiable.

I googled this message and the only way I see to fix it requires the
Windows media. He is currently traveling the world and doesn't have his
CD with him.
Is there a way for him to recover the registry some other way?

This is why I use a Mac....

It seems that the Lord is punishing your friend for straying from the right
and narrow path (the Mac path). He will need spiritual guidance in order to
return to the flock. To restore Windows to its former glory he should
perform a manual system restore (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545)
which is nothing for the faint hearted. May the Lord guide him.
 
J

Jose

I have a friend and apparently the Lord doesn't like him very much.
He gets a blue screen of death with the following message.
The Registry Cannot load the hive (file)
\systemroot\system32\config\software
or its lot or alternate.
it is corrupt, absent ot not verifiable.

I googled this message and the only way I see to fix it requires the
Windows media.  He is currently traveling the world and doesn't have his
CD with him.
Is there a way for him to recover the registry some other way?

This is why I use a Mac....

--http://www.vatican.va

We know what this error is and we also know how to fix it on systems
where there is no XP media available. It happens all the time.

There is no need to substitute for a Recovery Console CD when you can
just make a Recovery Console CD. You have to make a CD to boot on
something anyway and nobody has yet been able to tell me how to run
the equivalent of an NTFS chkdsk /r command from a Knoppix CD (but I
would like to know).

The MS article is geared toward a system that was booted into Recovery
Console, not a Knoppix CD, so that adds another level of (perhaps)
unnecessary unfamiliarity into the equation. Maybe somebody has a
separate set of instructions on how to fix this problem with a Knoppix
CD?

You need to run chkdsk /r before you start trying to copy files around
anyway, and you need to do it first. Then try to boot - things may be
fine after that.

Eliminate or repair possible file system corruption from a power
failure, ungraceful shutdown or aborted restart.

Have any of these events occurred?

You should first boot your PC into the XP Recovery Console using a
bootable XP installation CD or a bootable CD with the XP Recovery
Console on it. This is not the same as any Recovey or System CDs that
may have come with a store bought system.

If any of those events have occurred, you should boot into the Windows
Recovery Console using a bootable XP installation CD, or create on a
bootable XP Recovery Console CD. This is not the same as any recovery
disks that might have come a store bought system.

If your friend has a access to a PC that can get on the Internet, burn
a CD and can follow directions, I would start here:

You can create a bootable XP Recovery Console CD when no XP media is
available:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic276527.html

For each of your hard disks, you should then run:

chkdsk /r

For example, from the Recovery Console prompt, enter:

chkdsk c: /r
 
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Father Justin

It seems that the Lord is punishing your friend for straying from the
right and narrow path (the Mac path). He will need spiritual guidance in
order to return to the flock. To restore Windows to its former glory he
should perform a manual system restore
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545) which is nothing for the faint
hearted. May the Lord guide him.

He bought a new machine in Australia... VAT and everything. He's
constantly on the move.
 

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