This is one of the main reasons I prefer to do a clean installation
from CD rather than simply doing a system restore. There's less chance
for something to go wrong with a clean installation. Unfortunately,
many computer manufacturers no longer provide a complete CD, but you
still may be able to completely wipe your drive rather than using the
restore option. The Stop: c0000218 error is typically associated with
one of several things, depending on how far through the recovery
process you made it before encountering the error.
The first possibility is simply corruption in the Windows Registry.
A second option is a component of your system hardware is not
compatible with Windows XP
or your hard drive has some kind of issue. Since you are re-installing Windows XP
using System Restore, it seems unlikely your system hardware is
incompatible, although I won't rule out the possibility entirely. The
third possibility, a damaged hard drive, is possible even if Windows
appeared to run smoothly prior to your reinstallation. Before throwing
in the towel, we'll take a closer look at each possibility
Assuming the Windows Registry is simply corrupt, the first thing to
attempt is a recovery via the Automatic System Recovery for your
particular installation. Since you are attempting to do a system
restore, it's possible you already tried this and had it fail. If this
is not the case, follow the detailed directions presented in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 307545
If you attempted your system restore using the OEM provided restore
partition or CD and received this error, make sure you don't have any hardware components
connected which weren't part of the initial build of your computer. System restore disks look for specific hardware components
. If the original components are missing it occasionally introduces errors in the restore process.
A third possibility is the hard drive is damaged in some way. Many
disks have bad sectors and you won't know about them until you attempt
to write over the sectors during a specific operation. If you can boot
from your install CD, you will be presented with the option to Repair
or Recover the Windows XP installation. Pressing R launches the
Microsoft Recovery Console which then asks for the Administrator
password. After entering the password, run chkdsk to check the drive
for errors by typing chkdsk /r
at the command line. If chkdsk finds errors, you may need to use chkdsk /f
to repair the errors before proceeding.
Since you are attempting to revert your Windows installation
back to baseline, the best option remains doing a completely fresh
install because it will avoid any potential corruptions already
existing in your current installation by installing a fresh copy of
Windows instead of reusing existing core components that may now be
Have this as a guide when you perform system restore in recovery console..http://www.myfixes.com/articles/system..
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