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C0000218 (Registry file failure)

Everytime i turn my laptop on, the Windows wont start and a quick flash of error code gave me this - C0000218. Ive already tried all the options (start windows normally, use the last configuration that worked and safe modes), but it all didnt worked. Is there any solution for this problem? Thanks

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  • zofie Mar 28, 2008

    thanks Ekse but i dont have an XP CD as of the moment..it's so expensive here in the Philippines. I need to find one...someone from my circle of friends might have it...i will let you know as soon as i have it and tried ur suggestion...thanks a lot!

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    on start up will get past the configure and flash of msi, stops before windows starts

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Windows cant access required registry files

if you have a xp cd, put it in, start the setup, and enter repair console.

In repair console you should see a

c:>

prompt, type cd windows
cd repair
copy *.* c:\windows\system32\config\

type exit after files have been copyed, overwrite if asked.

type exit

restart pc and try to start windows if this fails

go back to xp setup and perform a repair installation.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

  • Ekse Mar 27, 2008

    Il help you more if you get stuck at a point, just drop a comment.



    Please, rate the solution after you have tryed it :) thanks

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