Corrupted or Missing Files

Hewlett-packard / Hp pavilion dv5 notebook...
March 3, 2009 at 00:55:14
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 1.9 GHz / 2812 MB
When I startup my computer, I get an error message about a bunch of files saying that they are missing or corrupt. It says I need the CD, but this is an OEM computer that came with XP preinstalled. Is there anyway to fix this or do I have to run the system recovery from the manufacturer?

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#1
March 3, 2009 at 04:27:47
One thing that could cause missing or corrupted files are bad sectors on the HDD. Error Checking Tool can or may be able to fix any file that resides on a bad sector.

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to Perform Disk Error Checking in Windows XP


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#2
March 3, 2009 at 06:25:41
Try the system file checker - click on start then run and type in sfc /scannow. Note the space between the c and the /. This will repair and replace any missing or corrupted system files. It may take awhile to run so be patient.

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#3
March 3, 2009 at 06:53:26
SFC Scannow most of the time do not work on OEM machines. It is one of the many pitfalls of owning computers with Windows preinstalled.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#4
March 3, 2009 at 08:19:50
works on mine without any problems. It is directed to the system files on the restore partition.

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#5
March 3, 2009 at 10:22:46
CNChallenger, it would have been a good idea to list at least some of the missing files. They might not be windows files that are missing.

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