Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works

Windows File Protection Pop-Up

  • Please log in to reply




  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 14 posts
Hello all. So I turned on my computer and this pop-up came up after windows loaded.

"Windows File Protection

Files that are required for Windows to run properly have been replaced by unrecognized versions. To maintain systems stability, Windows must restore the original versions of these files. Insert your Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 CD now."

Is this a legitimate request or is it some type of spyware? What causes it? What should I do???

Thanks in advance
  • 0


Retired Tech

Retired Tech

    Retired Staff

  • Retired Staff
  • 20,563 posts
Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD

Windows File Protection will show an on screen blue progress bar which will simply disappear when the scan is complete, reboot when it does

Occasionally the system file check does not start using run, so you can also right click the taskbar, click task manager, click file, new task, type sfc /scannow then click OK

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

  • 0

Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP