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#1 spikebrdr


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Posted 22 November 2008 - 01:47 AM

i wasent sure where to post this but since im running XP i figured this was a safe bet. i recently had some virus trouble and i was able to get rid if it using the AVG anti-virus program offered by windows. the program did a very good job removing the virus but once i was able to remove the virus i noticed the program had also removed various windows componets as well as any infect file from any program i had. because of this i have had to reinstall most of the computer games and programs i had. one game has been giving me trouble though. the game is spore and before i had the virus issues i had no trouble running the game. since the files we removed the game doesnt even start. it goes straight to a black screen then just quits. i have re-installed the video card and all dirvers for it and still no luck. i was wondering if this problem could be cause by AVG removing windows componets and if so is there any way i can reinstall the components that were removed?

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:01 AM

Try running System File Checker.

How to Use SFC.EXE to Repair System Files

Guide Overview

The purpose of this guide is to teach you how to use the System File Checker (SFC) to examine and repair corrupt operating system files.

In doing this, the SFC tool may replace some of your files that were updated by Windows Update. The only way to check this (and to update any of the files) is by visiting Windows Update and allowing it to check your system for updates and update as needed.


Description of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 System File Checker (Sfc.exe)

Microsoft Windows XP - Repair overview


1. Locate your Windows XP installation CD. If you don't have one, you'll need to locate a directory on your system that's named"i386" (without the quotes). This directory may be on a hidden partition on your hard drive.

2. Go to Start, then to Run, and type in "SFC.EXE /SCANNOW" (without the quotes - and with a space between the SFC.EXE and the /SCANNOW). Then press Enter. (For VISTA, go to Start and type in the above information, then go to the top of the box and right click on SFC.EXE /SCANNOW and select "Run As Administrator")

3. The program may (or it may not) ask you for your Windows XP installation CD - please insert it at the prompt. If it doesn't ask you for the CD this means that it wasn't necessary to replace any files.

4. In the event the the system asks you for the CD, you must visit Windows Update immediately after the scan is completed (Please note that there won't be any confirmation dialog - the program will just exit without telling you anything).

5. If this doesn't repair the problem with your system other troubleshooting procedures are required.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 10:36 PM

I've tried doing that and the i insert my windows media center 2005 disk that i have installed on my computer. that runs for a while then right before its done it asked for the second disk. i only have one disk. so im not sure what to do now.

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:16 AM

If you are trying to run sfc /scannow from a CD which does not contain updates equivalent to those installed on your system (SP2 or SP3, I hope)...you might get a similar message as the one received (just a guess).

I don't know how MCE behaves on a disk, but XP Home and XP Pro CDs which precede the current install level...just won't run when trying to use the sfc /scannow command. The way to overcome such is to create a slipstreamed CD which equals your current level of SP install.

Lots of guides on creating a slipstreamed CD, but I suggest that using nLite is the easiest.


nLite - Deployment Tool for Unattended Windows - Guide - http://www.nliteos.com/guide/index.html


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