Windows Recovery for Corrupt Registry Hive

Windows operating system makes use of a registry to store information and configuration settings. Registry is quite helpful in improving system integrity. Registry is like any other database, which is also vulnerable to corruption. Corruption occurs due to unexpected system shutdown, malicious virus, human errors, application malfunction, corruption of file system etc. A serious problem of unbootability of Windows occurs after corruption of registry. Due to which, all the Windows based hard drive data becomes inaccessible. However, maintained backup proves beneficial. But in absence of backup, you are required to go for a third party Windows recovery product.

Here are few error messages that come on the computer screen at the time of booting of Windows 2003 after the corruption of Windows Registry. These error messages seem to be like this:

“Stop: 0xc0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\CorruptHive or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.”


“Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM.ced”


“System hive error”

After receiving above error messages, your system becomes unbootable and the hard drive data becomes inaccessible.


The root cause responsible for the occurrence of above error message is the corruption of Windows registry.


For solving above error messages and to make the data of hard drive accessible, you are required to follow the below steps:

 - Make an attempt to restore the system to previous state before the occurrence of Windows registry corruption.
 - Check all the firmware drivers, hardware, BIOS, and the disk.
 - Before shutdown of computer, quit all running processes.
 - If still problem remains as it is, make a comparison between registry hives with the help of a comparison tools like, Windiff.exe.

If none of the above steps help you to sort out the problem, try to format your system and make an attempt to restore data from an up-to-date backup. If backup is not available, then go for a third party Windows recovery tools. Such third party tools recover Windows and restore all the lost hard drive data. Such tools do not demand for strong technical skills.

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