A registry cleaner will not increase your system's speed or performance, and has the potential to break your registry to the point that your PC is no longer bootable.
We strongly advise that people stay away from any of the registry cleaners out there.
to get more information about why registry cleaners aren't needed. Thanks to Sari for the explanation
Now that the formalities are out of the way try the next two steps and let us know what the results are.
Is this a name brand system and if so what is the make and model?
Do you have a Genuine Microsoft Xp Installation
cd or is yours a Recovery
and then to Run
Type in Chkdsk /r
Note the space between k and /
...It will probably ask if you want to do this on the next reboot...click Y
If the window doesn't shutdown on its own then reboot the system manually. On reboot the system will start the chkdsk operationThis one will take longer then chkdsk /f
Note... there are 5 stages
It may appear to hang at a certain percent for a hour or more or even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...DO NOT SHUT YOUR COMPUTER DOWN WHILE CHKDSK IS RUNNING OR YOU CAN HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS
This can take several hours to complete.
When completed it will boot the system back into windows.
Let me know if this fixes the problem
and then to Run
("Start Search" in Vista),
Type in: sfc /scannow
(Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc)
finds any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
does not find any errors in Windows XP,
it will simply quit, without any message.
you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".
For Vista users ONLY: Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS
folder. You'll see CBS.log file.
Usually, it's pretty big file, so upload it to Flyupload
, and post download link.If you don't have Windows CD....
This applies mostly to Windows XP
, since Vista
rarely requires use of its DVD while running "sfc"
Note This method will not necessarily work as well, as when using Windows CD, because not always ALL system files are backed up on your hard drive. Also, backed up files may be corrupted as well.
and then Run
type in regedit
and click OK
Navigate to the following key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup
You will see various entries Values
on the right hand side.
The one we want is called: SourcePath
It probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM
drive, usually D
and that is why it is asking for the XP CD
All we need to do is change it to: C:
Now, double click the SourcePatch
setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive
to your root drive, usually C:
Close Registry Editor.
Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow
again! Thanks to Broni for the instructions