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Stuck! I was going through the steps "to run SFC.EXE /SCANNOW without a Windows installation CD - only a restore CD from the manufacturer". I copied the directory "i386" from C:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache to C:\ and I redirected the regedit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\SetupSourcePath to C:\ so that it would read the i386 folder after rebooting. When I run SFC.EXE /SCANNOW, I am still getting the error message "please insert XP disk". Could the files in the i386 folder be incorrect or not up to date?
I turned the computer off last night because I couldn't do anything more until I heard from you. This morning when I restarted it, because of the change I made to the SetupSourcePath, it went right into trying to restore the system. The only options were to begin reformatting the system, or going to the dos prompt. Obviously I didn't want to format the drive so I went to dos. It is sitting at the a:\ prompt, I don't remember how to get Windows to start up from there and searches online aren't helping me find the command.
I will try to find a copy of XP from someone to restore the files needed.
Well, the last step back was due to my stupidity... I was restarting with the system restore disk in the drive. I got it to restart and I placed a message on the BleepingComputer.com forum to see if they can tell me how to restore those files without an XP disk. I will post back here with a new hijack this log when I get advice how to continue.
Hi... I've been receiving help from the guys at BleepingComputer.com but I seem to have reached an impass where I need a Windows XP disk to restore system files and I don't have one. I am headed out of town on business as we speak and I will continue trying to fix this when I return later this week. It appears at though I may need to restore my system if I can't find a disk.
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