Question about Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for PC
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 corrupt.
Have this as a guide when you perform system restore in recovery console..http://www.myfixes.com/articles/system..
Hope this will help..
Posted on Feb 05, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
to fix the problem, you need the Installation cd, put it in, start the setup, and enter repair console when the first blue menu comes up.
In repair console, your going to have to copy the windows\repair directory to system32\config
to fix the problem.
After the files have been copyed, Well maybe might be better if you only copy the SECURITY file. so no login details get changed.
Then restart the pc and see if it worked. If not your going to have to perform a repair installation from the xp cd.
If you need more asistance, let me know. Good luck.
Posted on Mar 31, 2008
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