How to Solve Corrupt System Registry File (Error 0xc000014c) in Windows Vista?

Published: 10th February 2010
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Windows system registry is the system-defined database that contains information like configuration files to store settings for user preferences, hardware, drivers, installed software and the like. With each modification in Windows computer, system registry is affected. It's something like the central control for the operating system and applications. Thus any impact on Windows Registry is reflected while the computer functions. A corrupted registry can even make the computer unbootable and data inaccessible. At the critical stages when no valid backup is available and even Windows repair utilities fail, you might be compelled to use a Windows Data Recovery software.

The following illustration depicts a situation when a Windows system can fail to boot due to registry corruption. Consider you use a Windows Vista based computer and it becomes unresponsive for some reasons. You shutdown the computer forcefully, but the next time when you try to boot it, you receive an error message that reads as below:

File: Windowssystem32configsystem
Status: 0xc000014c
Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.

The error also suggests to run repair using Windows installation disc.


Windows system registry file is corrupted due to unexpected shutdown.


You can proceed with the below steps to solve this problem:

Insert Windows installation disc and start your computer from it
Press any key when prompted for
At 'Install Windows' screen, select the language, time and currency, input method, and other preferences. Click 'Next'
Click 'Repair your computer' and select the operating system you want to repair. Click 'Next'
In the 'System Recovery Options', click 'Startup Repair' and/or 'System Restore'
Restart your computer

If the repair ends successfully, the Windows Vista computer should boot now. If it doesn't, you need to reinstall Windows. However, it is recommended to reinstall only when you have a complete data backup. To extract the lost data, you either need to restore from backup or use a Windows Partition Recovery utility. A Windows Data Recovery software can scan the logically crashed drive and recover the lost data safely and easily.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is an advanced data recovery utility designed for Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000. This Windows Partition Recovery product features advanced options like Disk Cloning, Disk Imaging, Drive Status, RAW File Recovery, and more. The tool supports FAT32, VFAT, NTFS, and NTFS5 file systems.

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