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Unfamilar Windows Files???

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#1 retnavydoc


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Posted 05 July 2009 - 03:13 AM

I was just doing a disc clean-up prior to a defrag. During the clean-up (the section that deletes temporay internet files), I received a pop up notice that there were were unrecognised windows system files and that I needed to insert the Windows Service Pack 3 Installation Disc to reinstall the correct files. I have installed all updates provided by Microsoft, but have no Service Pack 3 Installation Disc. Re-running the Disc Clean-up did not cause a repeat warning. Spybot S&D, SuperAntispyware and AVG show no infections.

The system seems to be running fine other than a group of card games that I have on the computer for at least 4 or 5 years will no longer run (this started today), I get a pop up that the shortcut is an invalid address.. Even attempting to start the programs from windows explorer results in the same invalid address pop up. It seems that booting takes along time, but this has been going for at least 5-6 months. I have used MSConfig to stop all but the required start-up programs (firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware).

Do I have a valid problem or was this just a faulty error message or glitch? If an actual problem, any suggestions on corrective action, hopefully short of reformatting the HD? I appreciate any assistance.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 05 July 2009 - 10:58 AM

Well...msconfig is not meant to be your startup manager, I suggest you not use it for such.

There are better tools available, How to manage Windows startup -;cd=1&gl=us

The Autoruns program linked to in the above...is a superior choice, IMO. If you use it, please confine yourself to the Logon tab of that program.

You can make a slipstreamed XP install CD, which will contain SP3...that would be more useful than a CD which contains a less current version than exists on the system. Windows will not let users conduct repair installs or run the sfc /scannow command (basic procedures for repairing/replacing missing/damaged system files)...unless the versions match andthe CD used reflects at least the SP-level of the system.


Icrontic Blog Archive Slipstreaming Windows Easy - http://icrontic.com/articles/slipstreaming_windows_easy

Windows XP Slipstream Service Pack 3 into Your Windows XP Installation CD - http://lifehacker.com/386526/slipstream-se...installation-cd


#3 retnavydoc

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 03:30 PM

Thank for your time and your response. I will use the links you provided. Thank You Again.

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