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system file check

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jan Philips, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. Jan Philips

    Jan Philips Flightless Bird

    I tried to run a system file check. It said to insert the XP SP3
    disc. My computer came with something older (I don't remember which
    SP, but it was about 2-1/2 years ago). Is there a way to run a SFC
    without the SP3 disc?
    --
    Replace you know what by j to email
     
  2. EN59CVH

    EN59CVH Flightless Bird

    No you need to create a slipstreamed version of Windows XP disk to get
    the right CD for the purpose. I suggest read this article:

    <http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp3_cd_final.htm>

    hth


    Jan Philips wrote:
    >
    > I tried to run a system file check. It said to insert the XP SP3
    > disc. My computer came with something older (I don't remember which
    > SP, but it was about 2-1/2 years ago). Is there a way to run a SFC
    > without the SP3 disc?
    > --
    > Replace you know what by j to email
     
  3. Jan Philips

    Jan Philips Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 07 Mar 2010 01:13:24 +0000, EN59CVH
    <EN59CVH@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >No you need to create a slipstreamed version of Windows XP disk to get
    >the right CD for the purpose. I suggest read this article:
    >
    ><http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp3_cd_final.htm>


    OK, and I've done all of the updates too.
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    Replace you know what by j to email
     
  4. Andrew E.

    Andrew E. Flightless Bird

    SFC doesnt check the files of a service pack,its checking the OS files that
    are not in any SP.To run SFC,simply install a retail version of XP,exit the
    menu page,SFC runs auto...If youre having problems,then the installation
    directory might be at fault,xp has it as D:,the cdrom with xp cd in it must
    match,or be changed in regedit...

    "Jan Philips" wrote:

    > I tried to run a system file check. It said to insert the XP SP3
    > disc. My computer came with something older (I don't remember which
    > SP, but it was about 2-1/2 years ago). Is there a way to run a SFC
    > without the SP3 disc?
    > --
    > Replace you know what by j to email
    > .
    >
     
  5. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Andrew E. wrote:
    > SFC doesnt check the files of a service pack,its checking the OS files that
    > are not in any SP.To run SFC,simply install a retail version of XP,exit the
    > menu page,SFC runs auto...If youre having problems,then the installation
    > directory might be at fault,xp has it as D:,the cdrom with xp cd in it must
    > match,or be changed in regedit...
    >


    Must you always deliberately post the incorrect information?

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  6. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Bruce Chambers wrote:
    > Andrew E. wrote:
    >> SFC doesnt check the files of a service pack,its checking the OS
    >> files that are not in any SP.To run SFC,simply install a retail
    >> version of XP,exit the menu page,SFC runs auto...If youre having
    >> problems,then the installation directory might be at fault,xp has
    >> it as D:,the cdrom with xp cd in it must match,or be changed in
    >> regedit...

    >
    > Must you always deliberately post the incorrect information?


    Yes, it's in his contract. ;-)
     
  7. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    When does the contract finally end ?

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    "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    news:-OGoyAGkvKHA.5940@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Bruce Chambers wrote:
    >> Andrew E. wrote:
    >>> SFC doesnt check the files of a service pack,its checking the OS
    >>> files that are not in any SP.To run SFC,simply install a retail
    >>> version of XP,exit the menu page,SFC runs auto...If youre having
    >>> problems,then the installation directory might be at fault,xp has
    >>> it as D:,the cdrom with xp cd in it must match,or be changed in
    >>> regedit...

    >>
    >> Must you always deliberately post the incorrect information?

    >
    > Yes, it's in his contract. ;-)
    >
     
  8. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 6, 8:03 pm, Jan Philips <youknowwhat.mccra...@comcast.net>
    wrote:
    > I tried to run a system file check.  It said to insert the XP SP3
    > disc.  My computer came with something older (I don't remember which
    > SP, but it was about 2-1/2 years ago).  Is there a way to run a SFC
    > without the SP3 disc?
    > --
    > Replace you know what by j to email


    Sure, you can run it the system file checker.

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    sfc /scnnow

    Unless your system has been compromised by malicious software or the
    built in Windows File Protection function is broken SFC should find
    nothing to do. It will give you a good feeling if it runs without
    finding anything. If it finds something to do, you have now or have
    had some other problem.

    If you have SP3 installed and only posses an SP1 or SP2 installation
    CD, running sfc /scannow will complain - a lot. The messages may not
    be errors, but just informational messages. It will check 3498 files
    that Windows considers important.

    This is because it is trying to match and compare files and the
    installed SP does not match up with what is on the installation CD.

    You can read about why and perhaps make an adjustment to get it to
    work by reading this article. It depends on your system:

    http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

    To prevent this, you can use your old XP installation CD to make a new
    installation CD with SP3 included (slipstream) and then run sfc /
    scannow using the up to date CD as a reference. This slipstreamed CD
    is a good thing to have anyway in case you need to fix something some
    other day.

    Thinking that running sfc /scannow will work right out of the chute is
    an expectation that generally exceeds reality unless you are prepared
    in advance with an installation CD that matches your currently
    installed service pack (usually you have to make such a CD).

    It most certainly should run without a hitch when all the pieces are
    in place and result in a warm fuzzy feeling, but I have personally
    never seen it resolve any problem that was not caused by something
    else and will never even recommend it, but that could just be me.

    When it comes to shoot in the dark troubleshooting, the advice to "run
    sfc /scannow" is rarely preceded by the "before you run sfc /
    scannow..." advice which generates more confusion, concern and
    questions shortly afterwards.

    Please do try it though and see how you get on. It won't hurt
    anything and you should want it to work. If it doesn't work, we can
    try to make it work to make you feel better. It makes me feel better
    to see it find nothing to do and not complain.

    When sfc /scannow runs successfully, you will see a starting and
    complete message in the Event Log. It can take a long time to run and
    slow your system down - a lot. When it starts and stops succesfully
    you will see events like this in the Event log:

    Event Type: Information
    Event Source: Windows File Protection
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 64016
    Windows File Protection file scan was started.

    Event Type: Information
    Event Source: Windows File Protection
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 64017
    Windows File Protection file scan completed successfully.

    Note that sfc /scannow will not run in Safe Mode (try it) and will
    generate this error if you do try it:

    Windows File Protection could not initiate a scan of protected system
    files.
    The specific error code is 0x000006ba [The RPC server is
    unavailable.].

    You cannot start the RPC Server in Safe Mode either.

    If you are having some particular issue of suspicious files, describe
    what the issue is and we can help with that.
     
  9. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Jose

    It should read sfc /scannow not sfc /scnnow

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    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:38250427-9eff-4b7b-b9cc-0e89aeb44da0@g19g2000yqe.googlegroups.com...
    On Mar 6, 8:03 pm, Jan Philips <youknowwhat.mccra...@comcast.net>
    wrote:
    > I tried to run a system file check. It said to insert the XP SP3
    > disc. My computer came with something older (I don't remember which
    > SP, but it was about 2-1/2 years ago). Is there a way to run a SFC
    > without the SP3 disc?
    > --
    > Replace you know what by j to email


    Sure, you can run it the system file checker.

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    sfc /scnnow

    Unless your system has been compromised by malicious software or the
    built in Windows File Protection function is broken SFC should find
    nothing to do. It will give you a good feeling if it runs without
    finding anything. If it finds something to do, you have now or have
    had some other problem.

    If you have SP3 installed and only posses an SP1 or SP2 installation
    CD, running sfc /scannow will complain - a lot. The messages may not
    be errors, but just informational messages. It will check 3498 files
    that Windows considers important.

    This is because it is trying to match and compare files and the
    installed SP does not match up with what is on the installation CD.

    You can read about why and perhaps make an adjustment to get it to
    work by reading this article. It depends on your system:

    http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

    To prevent this, you can use your old XP installation CD to make a new
    installation CD with SP3 included (slipstream) and then run sfc /
    scannow using the up to date CD as a reference. This slipstreamed CD
    is a good thing to have anyway in case you need to fix something some
    other day.

    Thinking that running sfc /scannow will work right out of the chute is
    an expectation that generally exceeds reality unless you are prepared
    in advance with an installation CD that matches your currently
    installed service pack (usually you have to make such a CD).

    It most certainly should run without a hitch when all the pieces are
    in place and result in a warm fuzzy feeling, but I have personally
    never seen it resolve any problem that was not caused by something
    else and will never even recommend it, but that could just be me.

    When it comes to shoot in the dark troubleshooting, the advice to "run
    sfc /scannow" is rarely preceded by the "before you run sfc /
    scannow..." advice which generates more confusion, concern and
    questions shortly afterwards.

    Please do try it though and see how you get on. It won't hurt
    anything and you should want it to work. If it doesn't work, we can
    try to make it work to make you feel better. It makes me feel better
    to see it find nothing to do and not complain.

    When sfc /scannow runs successfully, you will see a starting and
    complete message in the Event Log. It can take a long time to run and
    slow your system down - a lot. When it starts and stops succesfully
    you will see events like this in the Event log:

    Event Type: Information
    Event Source: Windows File Protection
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 64016
    Windows File Protection file scan was started.

    Event Type: Information
    Event Source: Windows File Protection
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 64017
    Windows File Protection file scan completed successfully.

    Note that sfc /scannow will not run in Safe Mode (try it) and will
    generate this error if you do try it:

    Windows File Protection could not initiate a scan of protected system
    files.
    The specific error code is 0x000006ba [The RPC server is
    unavailable.].

    You cannot start the RPC Server in Safe Mode either.

    If you are having some particular issue of suspicious files, describe
    what the issue is and we can help with that.
     
  10. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 7 Mar 2010 17:29:00 -0500, "Peter Foldes" <okf22@hotmail.com>
    wrote:

    > When does the contract finally end ?




    Alas, Andrew E's regular posting of misinformation is very likely not
    done deliberately. It's mostly just that he knows next to nothing, and
    posts misinformation that he thinks is correct.



    > "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    > news:-OGoyAGkvKHA.5940@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > > Bruce Chambers wrote:
    > >> Andrew E. wrote:
    > >>> SFC doesnt check the files of a service pack,its checking the OS
    > >>> files that are not in any SP.To run SFC,simply install a retail
    > >>> version of XP,exit the menu page,SFC runs auto...If youre having
    > >>> problems,then the installation directory might be at fault,xp has
    > >>> it as D:,the cdrom with xp cd in it must match,or be changed in
    > >>> regedit...
    > >>
    > >> Must you always deliberately post the incorrect information?

    > >
    > > Yes, it's in his contract. ;-)
    > >


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  11. ybS2okj

    ybS2okj Flightless Bird

    "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
    news:snm8p59la4qnkiva6q4nqn6i74i8fo2lds@4ax.com...

    > Alas, Andrew E's regular posting of misinformation is very likely not
    > done deliberately. It's mostly just that he knows next to nothing, and
    > posts misinformation that he thinks is correct.


    So you can see all this from a distance! Is it because of your experience
    of misinformation, lies and rubbish over the years? Did you not want to get
    a proper training so that you can be an asset to the society in which you
    live?

    Senility must be affecting you in your advanced age!
     
  12. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    I fear it's open-ended. :-(

    Peter Foldes wrote:
    > When does the contract finally end ?
    >
    >
    > "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    > news:-OGoyAGkvKHA.5940@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Bruce Chambers wrote:
    >>> Andrew E. wrote:
    >>>> SFC doesnt check the files of a service pack,its checking the OS
    >>>> files that are not in any SP.To run SFC,simply install a retail
    >>>> version of XP,exit the menu page,SFC runs auto...If youre having
    >>>> problems,then the installation directory might be at fault,xp has
    >>>> it as D:,the cdrom with xp cd in it must match,or be changed in
    >>>> regedit...
    >>>
    >>> Must you always deliberately post the incorrect information?

    >>
    >> Yes, it's in his contract. ;-)
     
  13. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 7, 8:03 pm, "Peter Foldes" <ok...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > Jose
    >
    > It should read sfc /scannow not sfc /scnnow
    >
    > --
    > Peter
    >
    > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    >
    > "Jose" <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:38250427-9eff-4b7b-b9cc-0e89aeb44da0@g19g2000yqe.googlegroups.com...
    > On Mar 6, 8:03 pm, Jan Philips <youknowwhat.mccra...@comcast.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    > > I tried to run a system file check. It said to insert the XP SP3
    > > disc. My computer came with something older (I don't remember which
    > > SP, but it was about 2-1/2 years ago). Is there a way to run a SFC
    > > without the SP3 disc?
    > > --
    > > Replace you know what by j to email

    >
    > Sure, you can run it the system file checker.
    >
    > Click Start, Run and in the box enter:
    >
    > sfc /scnnow
    >
    > Unless your system has been compromised by malicious software or the
    > built in Windows File Protection function is broken SFC should find
    > nothing to do.  It will give you a good feeling if it runs without
    > finding anything.  If it finds something to do, you have now or have
    > had some other problem.
    >
    > If you have SP3 installed and only posses an SP1 or SP2 installation
    > CD, running sfc /scannow will complain - a lot.  The messages may not
    > be errors, but just informational messages.  It will check 3498 files
    > that Windows considers important.
    >
    > This is because it is trying to match and compare files and the
    > installed SP does not match up with what is on the installation CD.
    >
    > You can read about why and perhaps make an adjustment to get it to
    > work by reading this article.  It depends on your system:
    >
    > http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html
    >
    > To prevent this, you can use your old XP installation CD to make a new
    > installation CD with SP3 included (slipstream) and then run sfc /
    > scannow using the up to date CD as a reference.  This slipstreamed CD
    > is a good thing to have anyway in case you need to fix something some
    > other day.
    >
    > Thinking that running sfc /scannow will work right out of the chute is
    > an expectation that generally exceeds reality unless you are prepared
    > in advance with an installation CD that matches your currently
    > installed service pack (usually you have to make such a CD).
    >
    > It most certainly should run without a hitch when all the pieces are
    > in place and result in a warm fuzzy feeling, but I have personally
    > never seen it resolve any problem that was not caused by something
    > else and will never even recommend it, but that could just be me.
    >
    > When it comes to shoot in the dark troubleshooting, the advice to "run
    > sfc /scannow" is rarely preceded by the "before you run sfc /
    > scannow..." advice which generates more confusion, concern and
    > questions shortly afterwards.
    >
    > Please do try it though and see how you get on.  It won't hurt
    > anything and you should want it to work.  If it doesn't work, we can
    > try to make it work to make you feel better.  It makes me feel better
    > to see it find nothing to do and not complain.
    >
    > When sfc /scannow runs successfully, you will see a starting and
    > complete message in the Event Log.  It can take a long time to run and
    > slow your system down - a lot.  When it starts and stops succesfully
    > you will see events like this in the Event log:
    >
    > Event Type: Information
    > Event Source: Windows File Protection
    > Event Category: None
    > Event ID: 64016
    > Windows File Protection file scan was started.
    >
    > Event Type: Information
    > Event Source: Windows File Protection
    > Event Category: None
    > Event ID: 64017
    > Windows File Protection file scan completed successfully.
    >
    > Note that sfc /scannow will not run in Safe Mode (try it) and will
    > generate this error if you do try it:
    >
    > Windows File Protection could not initiate a scan of protected system
    > files.
    > The specific error code is 0x000006ba [The RPC server is
    > unavailable.].
    >
    > You cannot start the RPC Server in Safe Mode either.
    >
    > If you are having some particular issue of suspicious files, describe
    > what the issue is and we can help with that.


    Typo! Should be to run the system file checker, in the Start, Run
    box enter:

    sfc /scannow
     
  14. Railhound

    Railhound Flightless Bird

    I agree with your point but what has happened to me is my anti virus software
    F-Secure has damaged some files. In fact, I would suggest that a good many
    things that are report here and in other palces are due to anti-virsus
    software erroneously deleting certian files.

    Anyway, I would like to run the SFC program but my Windoiws version is an
    OEM version so I don't have the original CDs only a recovery copy so I can't
    make a slipstrem version of SP3 (at least not that I know of).

    Any suggestions to get the correct files for SFC to repair them?

    "Jose" wrote:

    > On Mar 6, 8:03 pm, Jan Philips <youknowwhat.mccra...@comcast.net>
    > wrote:
    > > I tried to run a system file check. It said to insert the XP SP3
    > > disc. My computer came with something older (I don't remember which
    > > SP, but it was about 2-1/2 years ago). Is there a way to run a SFC
    > > without the SP3 disc?
    > > --
    > > Replace you know what by j to email

    >
    > Sure, you can run it the system file checker.
    >
    > Click Start, Run and in the box enter:
    >
    > sfc /scnnow
    >
    > Unless your system has been compromised by malicious software or the
    > built in Windows File Protection function is broken SFC should find
    > nothing to do. It will give you a good feeling if it runs without
    > finding anything. If it finds something to do, you have now or have
    > had some other problem.
    >
    > If you have SP3 installed and only posses an SP1 or SP2 installation
    > CD, running sfc /scannow will complain - a lot. The messages may not
    > be errors, but just informational messages. It will check 3498 files
    > that Windows considers important.
    >
    > This is because it is trying to match and compare files and the
    > installed SP does not match up with what is on the installation CD.
    >
    > You can read about why and perhaps make an adjustment to get it to
    > work by reading this article. It depends on your system:
    >
    > http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html
    >
    > To prevent this, you can use your old XP installation CD to make a new
    > installation CD with SP3 included (slipstream) and then run sfc /
    > scannow using the up to date CD as a reference. This slipstreamed CD
    > is a good thing to have anyway in case you need to fix something some
    > other day.
    >
    > Thinking that running sfc /scannow will work right out of the chute is
    > an expectation that generally exceeds reality unless you are prepared
    > in advance with an installation CD that matches your currently
    > installed service pack (usually you have to make such a CD).
    >
    > It most certainly should run without a hitch when all the pieces are
    > in place and result in a warm fuzzy feeling, but I have personally
    > never seen it resolve any problem that was not caused by something
    > else and will never even recommend it, but that could just be me.
    >
    > When it comes to shoot in the dark troubleshooting, the advice to "run
    > sfc /scannow" is rarely preceded by the "before you run sfc /
    > scannow..." advice which generates more confusion, concern and
    > questions shortly afterwards.
    >
    > Please do try it though and see how you get on. It won't hurt
    > anything and you should want it to work. If it doesn't work, we can
    > try to make it work to make you feel better. It makes me feel better
    > to see it find nothing to do and not complain.
    >
    > When sfc /scannow runs successfully, you will see a starting and
    > complete message in the Event Log. It can take a long time to run and
    > slow your system down - a lot. When it starts and stops succesfully
    > you will see events like this in the Event log:
    >
    > Event Type: Information
    > Event Source: Windows File Protection
    > Event Category: None
    > Event ID: 64016
    > Windows File Protection file scan was started.
    >
    > Event Type: Information
    > Event Source: Windows File Protection
    > Event Category: None
    > Event ID: 64017
    > Windows File Protection file scan completed successfully.
    >
    > Note that sfc /scannow will not run in Safe Mode (try it) and will
    > generate this error if you do try it:
    >
    > Windows File Protection could not initiate a scan of protected system
    > files.
    > The specific error code is 0x000006ba [The RPC server is
    > unavailable.].
    >
    > You cannot start the RPC Server in Safe Mode either.
    >
    > If you are having some particular issue of suspicious files, describe
    > what the issue is and we can help with that.
    >
    > .
    >
     
  15. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jun 4, 2:36 pm, Railhound <Railho...@discussions.microsoft.com>
    wrote:
    > I agree with your point but what has happened to me is my anti virus software
    >  F-Secure has damaged some files. In fact, I would suggest that a good many
    > things that are report here and in other palces are due to anti-virsus
    > software erroneously deleting certian files.
    >
    > Anyway, I would like to run the SFC program but my Windoiws version is an
    > OEM version so I don't have the original CDs only a recovery copy so I can't
    > make a slipstrem version of SP3 (at least not that I know of).
    >
    > Any suggestions to get the correct files for SFC to repair them?
    >
    >
    >
    > "Jose" wrote:
    > > On Mar 6, 8:03 pm, Jan Philips <youknowwhat.mccra...@comcast.net>
    > > wrote:
    > > > I tried to run a system file check.  It said to insert the XP SP3
    > > > disc.  My computer came with something older (I don't remember which
    > > > SP, but it was about 2-1/2 years ago).  Is there a way to run a SFC
    > > > without the SP3 disc?
    > > > --
    > > > Replace you know what by j to email

    >
    > > Sure, you can run it the system file checker.

    >
    > > Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    >
    > > sfc /scnnow

    >
    > > Unless your system has been compromised by malicious software or the
    > > built in Windows File Protection function is broken SFC should find
    > > nothing to do.  It will give you a good feeling if it runs without
    > > finding anything.  If it finds something to do, you have now or have
    > > had some other problem.

    >
    > > If you have SP3 installed and only posses an SP1 or SP2 installation
    > > CD, running sfc /scannow will complain - a lot.  The messages may not
    > > be errors, but just informational messages.  It will check 3498 files
    > > that Windows considers important.

    >
    > > This is because it is trying to match and compare files and the
    > > installed SP does not match up with what is on the installation CD.

    >
    > > You can read about why and perhaps make an adjustment to get it to
    > > work by reading this article.  It depends on your system:

    >
    > >http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

    >
    > > To prevent this, you can use your old XP installation CD to make a new
    > > installation CD with SP3 included (slipstream) and then run sfc /
    > > scannow using the up to date CD as a reference.  This slipstreamed CD
    > > is a good thing to have anyway in case you need to fix something some
    > > other day.

    >
    > > Thinking that running sfc /scannow will work right out of the chute is
    > > an expectation that generally exceeds reality unless you are prepared
    > > in advance with an installation CD that matches your currently
    > > installed service pack (usually you have to make such a CD).

    >
    > > It most certainly should run without a hitch when all the pieces are
    > > in place and result in a warm fuzzy feeling, but I have personally
    > > never seen it resolve any problem that was not caused by something
    > > else and will never even recommend it, but that could just be me.

    >
    > > When it comes to shoot in the dark troubleshooting, the advice to "run
    > > sfc /scannow" is rarely preceded by the "before you run sfc /
    > > scannow..." advice which generates more confusion, concern and
    > > questions shortly afterwards.

    >
    > > Please do try it though and see how you get on.  It won't hurt
    > > anything and you should want it to work.  If it doesn't work, we can
    > > try to make it work to make you feel better.  It makes me feel better
    > > to see it find nothing to do and not complain.

    >
    > > When sfc /scannow runs successfully, you will see a starting and
    > > complete message in the Event Log.  It can take a long time to run and
    > > slow your system down - a lot.  When it starts and stops succesfully
    > > you will see events like this in the Event log:

    >
    > > Event Type:        Information
    > > Event Source:      Windows File Protection
    > > Event Category:    None
    > > Event ID:  64016
    > > Windows File Protection file scan was started.

    >
    > > Event Type:        Information
    > > Event Source:      Windows File Protection
    > > Event Category:    None
    > > Event ID:  64017
    > > Windows File Protection file scan completed successfully.

    >
    > > Note that sfc /scannow will not run in Safe Mode (try it) and will
    > > generate this error if you do try it:

    >
    > > Windows File Protection could not initiate a scan of protected system
    > > files.
    > > The specific error code is 0x000006ba [The RPC server is
    > > unavailable.].

    >
    > > You cannot start the RPC Server in Safe Mode either.

    >
    > > If you are having some particular issue of suspicious files, describe
    > > what the issue is and we can help with that.

    >
    > > .


    Some AV softwares seem to quarantine/delete XP files. I will just say
    it must be by mistake...

    So far, when I have encountered those situations I have always been
    able to fix it and not using sfc /scannow (which should never find
    anything to do if your system is not otherwise afflicted). Usually
    the system will not even boot afterwards so that makes these things
    even more fun!

    If your installed SP does not match your installation CD or you only
    have some system recovery CD, you are likely to get quickly frustrated
    with sfc /scannow. Even if it "works" I have never seen it resolve
    any XP problem, but it feels good when it runs successfully.

    It is also frustrating to see it suggested as something "to try" when
    the necessary parts and pieces to get it to run are not included in
    the suggestion as a requirement for it do behave. This results in
    more Q&A back and forth and the problem continues to fester.

    What is the nature of your system affliction that you think sfc /
    scannow will remedy?
     

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