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Xp Admin tools all broken since power failures

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mr. bill

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My WIndows XP SP2 machine has been a little sick since I had a bad power supply and crashed a lot.
I just discovered that in

- Administrative Tools (from Control Panel)
All but two of the tools fail. They all give the same message:
- Windows cannot open this file : compexp.msc or whatever the file name is
... To open this file, Windows needs to know what program created it...

The .msc files all seem to exist in the directory C:/Windows/System32. Obviously windows
should recognize it's own utilities. I haven't noticed any other system problems, though a
few applications suffered some damage, which I have mostly fixed.

Any ideas what is wrong or how I can fix it?

THANKS :tazz:
- Mr. Bill
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Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter to replace the system files, you need the XP CD.

Windows File Protection will show an on screen blue progress bar, reboot when the bar goes

System File Checker gives an administrator the ability to scan all protected files to verify their versions. If System File Checker discovers that a protected file has been overwritten, it retrieves the correct version of the file from the cache folder %Systemroot%\System32\Dllcache or the Windows installation source files, and then replaces the incorrect file.

System File Checker also checks and repopulates the cache folder. You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to run System File Checker.

The System File Check is only concerned with replacing missing or corrupt system files, and does not affect installed software or data

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