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Hi. :)

Something we can try after receiving some further advice from a colleague. If this does not work we can consider uninstalling SP3 then re-download and install again. In the meantime lets try the following...

Download and burn this:-

Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image File

Then if using your machine to create, remove then re-insert in the optical drive and it will autorun and reinstall and SP3 over the current installation.

If the installer is not able to locate certain files. You will need to search for these files on the computer and browse on/to the installer for these etc.

Let myself know the outcome when completed the above, thank you.
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Well, two CD's and lots of sweat later...it (Run > sfc /scannow) still asks for a proper CD!

The (re)installation of Service Pack 3 went without a problem though.

Edited by Zumochi, 09 January 2012 - 01:56 PM.

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We are not having much luck RE SFC eh. :(

OK please bare with myself again whilst I seek further advice from my colleagues about this issue. :)
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Hi. :)

Try the below Run... command for me please:-

sfc /purgecache

And let myself know the outcome, also run the below:-

Check Hard Disk For Errors:

Press Start >> Run..., then copy/paste the following command into the box and press OK:

cmd /c chkdsk c: |find /v "percent" >> "%userprofile%\desktop\checkhd.txt"

A blank command window will open on your desktop, then close in a few minutes. This is normal.

A file icon named checkhd.txt should appear on your Desktop. Please post the contents of this file.
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OK.

SFC /purgecache gave me "the asked change has been executed by Windows Security"/something similar (translated from Dutch).

The second cmd command gave me an error: SEARCH: invalid parameter

EDIT: I changed the command to
cmd /c chkdsk C: |find /v "percent" >> "C:\HDCHECK.txt"
and it's scanning now :)


EDIT: the log
Spoiler

Edited by Zumochi, 12 January 2012 - 12:23 PM.

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Hi. :)

SFC /purgecache gave me "the asked change has been executed by Windows Security"/something similar (translated from Dutch).

The second cmd command gave me an error: SEARCH: invalid parameter

OK.

I changed the command to

Not a problem...OK judging by the log there are some system file errors which we can address as follows:-

Hard-Drive Maintenance/Repair:

Note: for the CHKDSK portion you may refer to this tutorial of mine here and follow the instructions for Graphical Mode if you so wish.

Click on Start >> Run and type cleanmgr in the box and press OK.

  • Ensure the boxes for Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files and Recycle Bin are checked.
  • You can choose to check other boxes if you wish but they are not required.
  • Click on OK then Yes.
Next:-
  • Click on Start >> Run... then type in CMD and click on OK.
  • At the Command Prompt C:\ > type the following:
  • CD C:\ and hit the Enter/Return key.
  • Now type in DEFRAG C: -F
  • A Analysis report will be displayed and then Windows will start the Defragmention run automatically.
  • This may take some time, when completed the Command Prompt C:\ > will appear.
  • Now type in CHKDSK C: /R and hit the Enter/Return key.
  • When prompted with:

CHKDSK cannot run because the volume is in use by another process
Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked next time the system
restarts (Y/N)

  • Hit the Y key then at the Command Prompt C:\ >
  • Type in EXIT and and hit the Enter/Return key.
  • Now Reboot(Restart) your computer.
Note: Upon Reboot(Restart) the CHKDSK(check-disk) will start and carry out the repairs required.

You should see a screen like this just after the Post(power on self test) screen:

Posted Image

Note: Do not touch either the keyboard or Mouse, otherwise the Check-Disk will be cancelled and you computer will continue to boot-up as normal.

Next:

Now please check if you can run SFC as per my prior intructions in post#21 and let myself know the outcome, thank you.
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Sorry for the delay, I've been busy with school a lot lately.

The defragmentation process is working now, it appears 20% of my harddrive was fragmented :\
Will post a log and the result of sfc /scannow as soon as I can.

Edited by Zumochi, 16 January 2012 - 01:15 PM.

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Hi. :)

Sorry for the delay, I've been busy with school a lot lately.

Not a problem.

The defragmentation process is working now, it appears 20% of my harddrive was fragmented :\
Will post a log and the result of sfc /scannow as soon as I can.

OK, fair play.
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Defrag:
C:\>defrag C: -f
Windows Schijfdefragmentatie
Copyright (c) 2001 Microsoft Corp. en Executive Software International Inc.

Analyserapport
    110 GB Totaal,  50,54 GB (45%) Beschikbaar,  20% Gefragmenteerd (40% bestand
sfragmentatie)

Defragmentatierapport
    110 GB Totaal,  60,96 GB (55%) Beschikbaar,  6% Gefragmenteerd (13% bestands
fragmentatie)

C:\>

SFC /scannow sadly still gives the wrong/no CD error :(
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Hi. :)

SFC /scannow sadly still gives the wrong/no CD error

OK try the below please...

Run sfc /scannow without a CD:

This applies to Windows XP.
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.

Go Start 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 SourcePath setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive to your root drive, C:
Close Registry Editor.

Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow again by this process:

Click Start > Run

Type sfc /scannow then click OK

Allow it to run, it should take several minutes.
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/RageOn IT STILL ASKS FOR A CDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD /RageOff

Seriously, I changed the registry value to C: like you said, rebooted and it still asks for the CD when I try sfc /scannow :\
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Hi. :)

Most unfortunate and I think the Operating System may be damaged as I mentioned in one of my first posts to your good self...

All is not lost as we can try what is known as a repair of the Operating System first, a very good tutorial on how to do so can be read via the below forum link:-

How-to repair Windows XP

Let myself know the outcome of the above when completed, thank you.
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Due to lack of feedback, this topic has been closed.

If you need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member. This applies only to the original topic starter. Everyone else please begin a New Topic.
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Re-opened at OP's request.
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Thank you for reopening the topic and I'm sorry for the delay in my feedback.

I followed the steps by the letter, however I do have a few things to note.
I got the exact same screen as on the first two screenshots, however I did not get the third screen, instead I had a partition selection/creation screen. I simply pressed enter on the first partition, it then started to delete the old Windows files and install new ones. Besides that, it did look like it would when normally installing Windows.

When that was done, I had to create a new user, so I did and I got to my desktop. Everything seemed default (somewhat as I expected), however, all entries in Start Menu, with all my installed programs is gone, I do still see all the programs in Program Files. Although some programs do not work properly (or do not start at all) anymore.
Secondly, I tried to access my documents, only to find out it was empty. So I browsed to C:\Documents and Settings\ to find two folders called with my name, however the latest one had my name (again) behind my name in capital, and after that -F4B6FF657.
The other folder (in which I assume my original documents are) is inaccessible (permission denied).

Lastly, as requested, I tried sfc /scannow once again, with the installation disk in. It came farther than previously, but eventually it came with the message saying it needed the original disk...
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