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Anonymous
April 22, 2002 3:28:27 PM

Hello!

My Windows XP Professional computer always gives this STOP error:

The registry could not load the hive System32\SOFTWARE It is corrupt, absent, or not writiable.

Or something like that.

I have reinstalled and reformated my computer over and over and this keeps happening. I have also installed the Q317277_WXP_SP1_x86_ENU.exe hotfix with no result.

How can I fix this?!? I don't want to go back to Win 2000 or Me but I can't reinstall my computer every day!

Thanks in Advance!

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April 22, 2002 5:07:55 PM

I found this MS article: <A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q156640" target="_new">Q156640</A>

I'm gonna point out these portions:
<font color=green>The registry files may have been corrupted because of hard disk corruption or some other hardware problem.</font color=green>
<font color=red>If the STOP error message was caused by a hardware problem (for example, bad sectors on the hard drive), the drive may require a low-level format, repartition, reformat, and a restore of the entire system from a tape backup to clear up the problem. Although this would be the most drastic case, if the STOP error message was caused by a physically bad sector, the sector must be relocated with a low-level format.</font color=red>

So, hopefully this'll be the last clean install you'd have to do. Before you do this, get the utility from your hard drive manufacturer to do a low level format (LLF). That should probably take all night, depending on the size of your hard drive. Then, do a clean install. When it asks what filesystem you want to use, don't do a quick format, but a standard one. You can take it from there.

Good luck...
Bryan

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April 22, 2002 5:17:49 PM

You might want to check your memory:

<A HREF="http://198.95.255.5/NonCGI/Forum13/HTML/000052.html" target="_new">Adrian Wong Post</A>

<A HREF="http://www.pctnt.net/hive.htm" target="_new">Cannot Start Windows XP if the System or Software Hive Is Missing or Damaged</A>

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Anonymous
April 22, 2002 5:47:39 PM

Thanks for replying.

No, I have used ChkDsk and there are no bad sectors on the HDD. I have read that the problem may be caused by the computer turning off too fast, before the registry is closed, but I installed the hotfix for that and it does not help.
April 22, 2002 7:05:50 PM

I think you should do what ToeJam recommends first, because I doubt it's because the computer's shutting down too fast. Another reason it would be good to check your memory, especially if you got some generic stuff.

(What's up Toey! Haven't talked to ya in awhile... :smile: )

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April 23, 2002 11:52:19 AM

ditto on the ToeJam idea. Go into the BIOS and underclock your RAM (set the CAS level higher, set the frequency lower, etc.) and see if you still get the problem.

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
April 23, 2002 4:07:40 PM

I haven't seen many systems where enabling the write-cache for the hard drives caused this kind of problem. It's possible for a fast shutdown to cause data corruption, but it doesn't happen often ... and it is usually intermittent. And if you've installed the hotfix, then the problem lies elsewhere.

Everything seems to point toward your memory being flaky. Have you tested it yet? <A HREF="http://www.teresaudio.com/memtest86/" target="_new">MemTest86</A>

Toejam31

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April 23, 2002 4:08:52 PM

What's happening, bt? It's all good, I hope?

Toey

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April 23, 2002 8:38:57 PM

Definitely all good. :smile:

Bryan

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Anonymous
April 23, 2002 10:30:15 PM

Hello!

I discovered what the problem was: the memory. (Thanks ToeJam!)

I downloaded DocMemory from www.simmtester.com and tested the memory. Errors.

I purchased new memory. (As I live on a small island, it's expensive: $69 for 128 PC-133)

No problems at all.

Thanks!
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