Error 0xc00000e9 and nothing works

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by HeyYou!, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. HeyYou!

    HeyYou! MDL Novice

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    Hi, my Windows Vista fails to start today. It only has a black screen which reads:

    1. Insert your installation disc and restart your computer.
    2. Choose your language settings, and then click next.
    3. Click repair your computer.

    file:\windows\system32\config\system
    status: 0xc00000e9
    info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt

    I inserted the disc and restart my PC, but the same text then appeared again. I pressed Enter and "Windows Boot Manager" showed up and told me to choose an operating system to start. I chose Vista and several choices appeared:

    Safe Mode; Safe Mode with Networking; Safe Mode with Command Prompt; Last Known Good Configuration (advanced); Start Windows Normally

    I tried all of them progressively, but they didn't work. The text "insert your installation disc and restart your computer" appeared again and that was all.

    Since then, I have read many advices and instructions on the Internet. They all say to insert the disc, choose a language and click to repair to PC. But there is no "language selection" on my screen. What do I do wrong? Why can't I get further than to the first step?

    Any ideas how to fix the problem? Thank you for your time!
     
  2. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    You need to set up your system to boot from the installation media. Usually the boot order can be changed in BIOS/UEFI. You might need to disable SecureBoot if it is enabled.
     
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  3. Ming_the_Merciless

    Ming_the_Merciless MDL Member

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    Sounds like the drive is going bad. Get a utility like Hiren's Boot CD and see if you can copy your files to another drive before attempting any repair.