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Missing system files in XP - Use Safe Mode and the Recovery Console or Linux?


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#1 midimusicman79

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 09:12 AM

Hi all!

 

I have MS Win XP Pro SP3, and have run Runscanner and Autoruns in order to locate possibly missing system files (I do not want to run SFC /scannow as I think it is too powerful for me). Both tools found several ones missing, so I consequently ran several CMD (DIR) commands and SystemLook in order to locate any available backup copies of these. And luckily it turns out that seven missing files actually have existing backup copies.

 

These files are named as follows: isuspm.exe, CTDetect.exe, Changer.sys, i2omgmt.sys, lbrtfdc.sys, i2omp.sys and ViaIde.sys. The first two belong to Intel and Creative respectively, and the last five files are all Windows system files.

 

I would like to know: What is the best method to restore these system files safely; either use Safe Mode and the Recovery Console (from the Windows CD-ROM), or Linux Lubuntu or Xubuntu (on a CD-RW)?

 

I understand that I cannot repair this while running Windows, so anyway I obviously have to work with Windows offline. :whistle:

 

Please let me know if you need to see these logs, and if so I will post them as necessary. :busy:

 

Thank you very much in advance!

 

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Edited by midimusicman79, 21 April 2015 - 05:50 AM.
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Posted 20 April 2015 - 09:35 AM

Autoruns will list some system files with a path of  "file not found". That is normal. 

 

http://forum.sysinternals.com/topic4719.html (item #12)

 

Are you having some particular problem running Windows? 



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Posted 20 April 2015 - 01:32 PM

AutoRuns is a tool for advanced users since it does not have the ability to recognize unsafe or dangerous items...it only displays what it finds. You should not uncheck anything without investigating first.

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 02:11 PM

The only tools for restoring damaged/missing system files:

 

    a.  The sfc /scannow command.

 

    b.  A repair install or clean install of Windows.

 

At times...reinstalling the latest SP may also restore some files which have become damaged or missing.

 

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 06:24 AM

Hi, Fremont PC, quietman7 and hamluis!

 

Thank you all for the prompt and informative replies! :)

 

After reading this article, I must admit that all of you have given me piece of mind.

 

http://forum.sysinternals.com/autoruns-v872nmissing-files_topic11781_post98514.html#98514

 

Seems like the missing system files belong to ancient hardware which I do not have, although my computer is 9.5 years old. :lol:

 

@Fremont PC: No, fortunately enough I am not having some particular problem running Windows; neither error messages nor BSODs.

 

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 04:40 AM

Hi again, all!

 

I do realize this is quite a bit late, but anyway I would really like to apologize for having forgotten to include some important sentences in my previous post, so here goes:

 

Thank you all for the help! :) The issue has been successfully resolved! :thumbup2:

 

Regards,

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