this problem is occurring on my new XP system, epox 8k5a2+, maxtor diamondmax 9, win 2k pro. system has only been booted 12 or so times, and has never run more than 4 continuous hours. Everything was fine last night, I shut down the system properly, then this morning upon loading 2k (at screen with blue progress bar) i get a blue screen stop error along the lines of 'registry error. cannot load hive file. sysroot\system32\config\software.' it will sit for about 5 seconds then shut down. any suggestiong before I just reformat?
guess I should have made ghost one of the first installs