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registry cannot load hive file

By mkuk ·
hi, i am using windows 2000 advanced server on ntfs. I recently tried to install service pack2 on that.after installation, i rebooted the system. It is coming up with the stop message during the start up.The message is as below;

The registry cannot load hive file. systemroot/system/config/software.
It is absent or corrupt.

I used the recovery console from the 2000 cd and did rename the config to config.old
and then copy the config.old to config again. But No Use . Its showing the same message.

Is there any other way of fixing it other than formatting and reinstall the 2000(I really cant do this as i loose data).
Please give me suggestions.

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by B>C In reply to registry cannot load hive ...

I too am having the same troubles I was wondering if you or anyone else has addressed this problem and came up with a solution.


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I got it to boot now anyway

by B>C In reply to

Ok I did a little bit of a different take on the problem.

Since mine said software I restored from the restore directory the software hive file and got it to boot. With errors but it boots.

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