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Xp Discs Not Shipped With Pc


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#1 The Count

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 08:22 PM

I have run WFP to make sure that all of my Windows files are OK, and having scanned everything it now tells me that I need the XP discs to copy the necessary files to the dll cache.

the problem is that my pc (an advent mediacentre from pc world) wasn't shipped with any discs

I think that this is fairly common now but that doesn't help me. Does anyone have any advice?

Thanks in advance,

Phil

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 08:46 PM

Do a search for the file i386. you should find several. The files it is looking for should be in the folder

i386......C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles

Direct it to this i386 folder and see if it locates the dll's
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 09:48 PM

They may be in a recovery partition. Set Windows to show hidden system files and folders.

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 03:36 PM

Thanks Enthusiast and boopme

I have a recovery disk that I was prompted to create when I first bought the pc and I think that this has all the necessary files.

My problem is that I've ben trying to run

sfc /scannow

(a tip that I got from the Windows XP tweak guide that is pinned at the top of the forum) to check to see if any of my windows system files aren't as they should be. After this program finishes scanning, it prompts me to insert the windows XP installation disc 2. There is no option to browse, and if I put in the recovery disk it just tells me that I have inserted the wrong disk. It doesn't tell me which files it's trying to copy, just that it needs the installation cd to copy files that are necessary for correct running of windows to the dll cache

Maybe there is some other way to check my Windows files.

Thanks

Phil

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 03:53 PM

There is a good tutorial about XP's System File Checker (sfc.exe)

http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 03:55 PM

Thanks I'll have a read

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 05:15 PM

Enthusiast - thanks so much for your help. The tutorial really helped me out.

The registry settings were pointing at C:/windows where there was an I386 folder and I guess that this must have been corrupt. I copied the I386 folder from the recovery disk to C:/ then edited the registry settings to point here and ran sfc again. This tine it ran with no problems.

Cheers,

Phil




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