i run vista home premium in an hp dvd4 laptop. blackouts or power outs have been common where i live and my os was damaged because i was working without battery or no break protection on at least 3 times the power went off. i now have a replacement battery and a no break, but too late.
my computer has been slow and once even booted to system restore and asked to go to a restore point which didn't completely solve the issues. i have run system file checker multiple times and it says there are damaged files it could not fix. i also have run scan disk twice, defragmented the unit with auslogics, and run ccleaner successfully three times, but in the end sfc says there are still corrupt and unrepaired system files. i downloaded and tried to use vista repair from the neosmart iso and it wouldn't solve the issues because after booting from the cd it wouldn't make changes. i also tried to use the factory partition but to no avail as well. i have searched through the forum but found no similar cases so far.
a friend of mine recommended using combofix, but i have done research and don't think it's appropriate, because the damage was caused by the unexpected shutdowns, not malware as far as i can tell. i have nod32, sypbot and sypware blaster running and try to be cautious always. right now i'm looking for software or other resources that would fix the damaged system files without the need for a reinstall of the os, or a complete backup of the hard drive. if none such software exists, i would like to be able to back up (how many gb's would be needed to back up a 99% full 219 gb hard disk?) the entire hard disk because i have programs for the which i don't want to lose the info and history, and only then resort to a reinstall of vista (i think i don't have the installation discs) or to using hp's restore to factory condition.
your guidance will be greatly appreciated, thanks a lot,
Edited by tradingfoursj, 01 September 2010 - 11:25 PM.