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#1 JohnathanStein

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:23 PM

After running SFC /scannow, it almost completes, then, near the end, it says, "Files that are required for Windows to run properly must be copied to the DLL Cache."

It then asks, "Insert your Windows XP Professional CD2 now."

PROBLEM: The PC has Windows XP Media Center Edition, not Pro, and there is only one CD -- MCE with SP2. SP3 has been added.

1. Is there another way to get SFC to run to completion?

2. Is it possible to slipstream SP3 into a MCE SP2 CD to create a MCE SP3 CD?


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:28 PM

Always back up your registry before making any changes here.

If you don't have Windows CD....
This applies mostly to Windows XP, since Vista rarely requires use of its DVD while running "sfc"
Note This method will not necessarily work as well, as when using Windows CD, because not always ALL system files are backed up on your hard drive. Also, backed up files may be corrupted as well.

Go Start and then Run
type in regedit and click OK


Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Setup

You will see various entries Values on the right hand side.

The one we want is called: SourcePath

It probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM drive, usually D and that is why it is asking for the XP CD.
All we need to do is change it to: C:
Now, double click the SourcePatch setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive to your root drive, usually C:
Close Registry Editor.

Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow again!

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 05:07 PM

Fairly common situation, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/900910 .

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 05:46 PM

Try the suggestion by Louis. It should work.

Do you have a name brand such as Dell? What happens is that the OEM Windows MCE edition has two CDs. CD1 appears to be a XP Pro CD and CD2 has the Media Center Editon extra files such as the media center. Dell on the other hand supplies its install disc on one DVD.

I always copy the CDs to a I386 folder which seems to help.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:07 PM

After making the registry changes given by http://support.microsoft.com/kb/900910, now SFC asks for the "XP Professional Service Pack 3 CD". I put the CD in, but SFC doesn't like it. FWIW, there's no i386 folder on it.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:20 PM

Your best bet is to try what I suggested.:thumbup2:

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:54 PM

Your best bet is to try what I suggested.:thumbup2:


Did not work, either. Am open to another other suggestions!

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 08:42 PM

FWIW...

If...your system has SP3 installed...then using a CD reflecting SP2 will probably lead to problems. Windows balks at using earilier dated/released system files on a system...to do anything other than what would amount to a clean install or a dual-installation of XP on the same partition.

Slipstreaming a new CD, reflecting your current CD with SP2 and then adding SP3 to that...may be the only solution which provides a pleasant result. I cannot say for sure, since I haven't had an install CD that reflected anything other than SP3...for a number of years. I know that Windows balks at installing older system files...from trying to assist friends with their outdated install disks.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:09 PM

I've never seen a windows XP install disk that doesn't have a I386 folder on it. And I've seen a lot of them too.
Where did you get that disk?

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:12 PM

>>I've never seen a windows XP install disk that doesn't have a I386 folder on it. And I've seen a lot of them too.

The install disk has it. The SP3 disk doesn't.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:52 PM

Then that SP3 disk must be only to install SP3 in a computer running XP as far as I can tell.

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