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windows detects "bad clusters" in files

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So when I start up my computer and try to log into Window Live Messenger or even open up Microsoft Word, I keep on getting Pop-up messages saying that its encountered an error and needs to close down. Once I restart my computer or turn it on, Windows does a disk consistancy check (which usually takes forever) and detects a whole bunch of "bad clusters" in files (it says on the screen "windows has replaced bad clusters in file..."), and from time to time they find files that are completely unreadable so it's been "truncated."
When I try installing Windows Live Messenger a pop-up comes up which reads "Error Writing to file: C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\Error Response.xml. Verify that you have access to that directory" and I can't do anything else but click on retry, which does nothing.

I'm not sure if a virus has gotten into my computer, but I used AVG, and it hasn't detected anything.
Can someone help me please?
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xp has a fix for bad cluster give this a try
remember it takes 2 hours to go through 5 stages
so be patient

go to my computer
from start
open it
on c:drive right click
tools tab
check now
in both boxes put check marks
click start now

you have to restart your computer

this takes about 2 hours

it should repair bads clusters
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