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Ok....

Now let's run a System File Check. When you are asked for the cd during this...you guessed it, use the one you have... :)

In Task Manager, type sfc /scannow and click "Ok". (Note the space after sfc)
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ok i did that, but wen i type in sfc /scannow and click "Ok", i get a very fast glimpse of what looks like the command prompt u had me bring up before, but it goes away before i can even get a look at it, and then thats it, it never asks me for a disk or anything, as soon as i hit ok it pops up and goes away just as quick as it came
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Try it from a command session. In Task Manager, type cmd and click "Ok".

Then type the sfc /scannow command at the prompt and press "Enter".
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ok i did it from the command session and its working, its Protecting Windows Files now, very slowly, but it is doin it. :)
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Cool!

This one will take a while... :)
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ok it finished, but after it was done it didnt say anything, and it still never asked me for a disk or anything, it jus did the Windows File Protect then stopped. im not sure if thats wut its supposed to do or not, but i never got any scan results or anything saying that the scan was complete, nothing, not even in the command prompt, so im running it again now.

Edited by LCollins2, 29 January 2008 - 08:45 PM.

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You can run it again, but if it didn't find an incorrect version of a file, it would not have asked for the cd.

Do you have the product key for the cd you've been using? I'm thinking parallel install so we can replace files in the old install more easily. You'll need the product key for the install, but we won't activate it. That will give us a good operating system with which we can work on the bad one. There's only so much we can do from command line when it's being run from a corrupt registry.
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no i dont have the product key, the disk that ive been using is the installation disk given by Dell, its already installed on the computer but they give the disk anyway as a backup disk in a paper casing and it has no product key on it. but with my computer wen i got it they didnt give me this disk, jus a cardboard one that looks like it explaining the point of the Dell System Restore. i did talk to a friend tho and they think that they still have there copy of XP SP2 but arent sure if they kept it after upgrading to Vista. but they are going to look for it and give it to me tomarrow if they have it still. would it be better to just leave it go for now and pick back up then after i get it tomarrow?
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If you can get a disk and matching key, we can fix this rig without question.

If your friend installed Vista, the key is no longer in use...that opens up a whole new world to you... :)
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ok then, ill get the disk and let you know wen i have it. should be tomarrow evening sometime.
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I should be here... :)

It was kinda fun playing with command line, though..........
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Just a FYI: Magic Jellybean Keyfinder will tell you what the current key for your XP install is and that should be the one to use with the Dell recovery disk.
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Yup...could get it with Everest and WinAudit, too. Unfortunately, the disk we have isn't OEM or the correct version....and the Dell disk is a cardboard cutout... :)
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yea it was kinda fun, plus i really have learned alot throughout all this, before this i had never used any kind of DOS or command prompt or anything like that.

thank you for the advice Ztruker, but the Dell recovery disk i have isn't the windows thats installed on my machine, the recovery disk i have is for a different computer which is about 2 years older, and they jus had to go and release the service pack 2 during that time. :) so on my machine (which is the one with the problems) i have Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2, and the Dell disk i have is for the original Windows XP Home Edition.
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Before we start repairing with the disk, I'd like to check a couple of things in the registry...more because I'm stubborn than anything.

From Task Manager, type regedit and click "Ok". Registry Editor will open. In the left pane expand (click +) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and click on .exe What are the values shown in the right pane?

Then, again in the left pane, expand (click +) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then SOFTWARE, then Microsoft, then Windows NT, then CurrentVersion, and click on Winlogon.

In the right pane, scroll down and click on Shell. What is the value shown under the Data column for this string?
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