Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:13 AM
There are many, many different ways to troubleshoot and repair a computer. The tools (such as SFC.EXE) are there to assist with this.
SFC.EXE replaces corrupted "protected system files" with known good copies from the DLLCache or from your installation CD.
The repair install of XP repairs all system files (not just the protected one's) and rebuilds the registry (I think)
A clean install of XP repairs all XP files by clearing out the old files completely, then it writes new one's onto the disk.
This doesn't necessarily include or involve hardware drivers, installed programs, data, or malware - any of which can corrupt your system, it's files, or the registry.
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