Corrupt/Missing System Files

Microsoft Windows xp media center 2005
November 4, 2009 at 13:37:30
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium D/2.8 GHz/2
I recently recovered my computer from a virus that apparently infested many system files. The infected files were deleted during the process. For example, I cannot start up in safe mode- the safeboot file is missing from the registry. I have done an sfc scan, and each time a missing file is located by the scan, I am asked to insert the XP CD to replace the files. I do not have the CD- XP was preloaded. I have done extensive searching on this forum, but I have yet to come across an answer to this problem that doesn't involve the use of the original CD. Is there no way to recover these files without the CD? Am I doomed to completely reinstall the O/S? Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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#1
November 4, 2009 at 13:57:38
Look at the link below for info on Scannow/

SFC.http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/516177-sfc-scannow.html


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#2
November 4, 2009 at 14:19:12
Thanks. I took a quick look at it, and it seems like it might be a road to explore.

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#3
November 6, 2009 at 07:58:56
According to the tutorial (from the link above), putting a copy of the I386 folder at the root of the C drive will allow the SFC utility to use it while repairing/replacing corrupt/missing files during a scan, without the need for an XP disc. I tried it, but the scan persisted in asking for a disc. So that method didn't work.

Can anyone else assist me with this?


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#4
November 6, 2009 at 08:43:03
You could try a system restore. Choose a time before the infection. You will lose any files created since that time so save those to disk before performing the system restore.

If the restore is unsuccessful then be sure to undo it.


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#5
November 6, 2009 at 09:27:35
I believe the infection ocurred immediately following a previous reinstallation of Windows, before I was able to install antivirus software. So if I do a System Restore, I will essentially be reverting to the Windows reinstall. That's what I'm trying to avoid.

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November 6, 2009 at 09:44:33

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#7
November 8, 2009 at 17:28:29
OTH- Thanks for your help. To sum it up and close this thread- I did a complete o/s reload.

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