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XP cannot boot after WinSxS file modification

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I'm developing an application for my client and they ask me to swap my WinSxS folder for their WinSxS because one application they did refuse to start!

I do not know very much about WinSxS but I was suspicious. I find that their WinSxS directory have a lot of file I do not have and it was the same things on my side. I mean, I had a lot of files they were missing. So I decided to copy only the file they have that I didn't have. I did this very carefully with WinDiff to spot the different files.

In the process, I start notepad and the calc.exe and my computer start to behave strangely. It was impossible to start another application. I try a lots of application an it was impossible to start anything. At this point I decided to reboot. Since this moment, my computer refuse to reboot. I tried safe mode and it take a long time to process and anything is working at the end. In both started mode (normal and safe mode), I got the same behavior : the hard disk work intensively and the screen stay black. But, I got the windows logo start screen (with the green progress bar) and the mouse is present and functional. But anything is present and working. Another point, when I boot in SafeMode, I see all the files that is loading and it stop for a very long time (more than 10 min) on the hotcore3.sys file (in fact, this is the last line I see since the computer start to access intensively the hard drive and seam to do nothing).

I'm using Win XP SP3 on a Dell XPS laptop.

Anybody have a cue about this strange behavior?

Many thanks to all
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