Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:08 PM
Well I am sorry - that you find the instructions in any respect unclear.
Many Many people have used therm and NOT found them unclear.
What exactly is it that you are having difficulty understanding.
Normally sfc /scannow looks to the CD if it cannot find what it needs in various places on the hard drive. HOWEVER on XP that search of locations on the hard drive is not as exhaustive as it is on Vista and 7 where system file check hardly ever asks for the CD/DVD
You have already yourself altered the source path on one of the registry keys - providing you have done that correctly - there is nothing more to do with that key - in the first instance.,HAVING enabled the view of normally hidden files and folders.
If the computer was one where the XP CD had been copied to another partition on the hard drive, as is frequently done, to circumvent the chance of the CD being lost or damaged when it is required, then instead of the source path, being the CD drive or in this case as you do not have the CD being the root of C Drive, then the source path would be the partition on which the CD has been copied to.
As you do not have the CD copied to another partition you must, as you have, change the source path to the root of C drive. that means you simply point it to C:\
As that has you say NOT worked you follow the suggestion to point it to the Service Pack files, where many of the system files are retained in the Service Pack files.
If that does not work and the CD is still asked for then you follow the suggestion to change the source path on the OTHER key as well.
TO THE SAME PATH as is currently in use on the first key.
The copy and paste of the instructions on to your topic is from, as I said a very frequently used item on this site and as I said I do not have knoweldge of it previously causing problems with people NOT being able to understand it.
THAT is not to say that it has always worked for the reason that I gave you - corruption of your files
Have you tried the chkdsk / r that I recommended and then the repeat of the system file check
IF after you have done this you are still having difficulty undertsanding my advice please post back and we will re- issue the guidance with images for you .
Does this make it easier for you to follow
Also, look for these other values in your registry and make
sure they are correct:
The same rules apply to these other paths as well, in that they have to stop
one short of the i386 folder in each case. The third value is important if
you have installed any service pack updates since installing from the
original cd. If you have copied the i386 folder from the cd to the root of
the system drive then, I have found that, all three must be correct to avoid
error messages from sfc.exe, asking you to install the cd-rom again.