Windows XP forum: STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}

by: maju2305 December 8, 2005 9:31 PM PST

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STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}

by maju2305 - 12/8/05 9:31 PM

Have been trying to reinstall Windows XP on my laptop. This error comes up every time the Setup finishes copying the files it needs, and reboots. Once it reboots, it asks again whether to reboot from the CD (which I ignore), and then it comes up with the Windows logo page, then moves onto what looks like a continuation of the setup process, but then reverts to the blue error page:

STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error} The Session Manager Initialization system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc000026c (0x00000000 0x00000000). The system has been shut down.

This is a fresh installation of XP Pro that I'm trying to do. I had previously had the Home edition on it, but the XP Home CD that came with the laptop (system restore use CD) must have been dodgy because it failed verification processes when I tried to use it for the reinstallation. The laptop had had a lot of problems before this, which is why I'm trying to reinstall... I have read many of the posts already regarding this but am still lost as to what to do about this error. Any help would be very much appreciated!

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