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My inspiron 1501 screen is blue and says stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The Resistry cannot load the hive (file):/SystemRoot/System32/Config/Software or its log or alternate it is corrupt, absent, or not writable. Beginning dump of physical memory physical memory dump complete. Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further assistance.

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When you end up with a registry corruption, you are limited to what you can do. First thing I would try is this. When you power your system on and immediately after the POST boot, begin pressing F8 on your keyboard. This will bring up a Windows Boot Menu. One of the choices you will see if, "Last known Good Configuration..." If an install of software is what corrupted your registry, this should hopefully undo that. If you are experiencing hard drive failure, this will probably not fix that.

If last known good configuration does not work, I'm afraid that the only other solution is going to try and do a parallel installation of Windows so that you can save your existing data.

What Operating System are you using?

Here's microsoft's official description of your stop error:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830084

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Hi there.
The reason you are getting the blue screen of death is because the registry has become corrupt so the machine will not boot into windows even if you try in safe mode.
The only way you can sort this problem now is to recover the system either by using any recovery disks you got with the computer or the recovery partition (if you have one) other than that you have to purchase a disk and reinstall the operating system.
If you have any data that you need from the HDD you will have to take it out and plug it to another computer as a slave/storage drive and extract your data before reinstalling the operating system.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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