Solved Restoration of system files after a data recovery?

December 11, 2011 at 16:19:55
Specs: Windows XP
Hello. How do I 're-activate' 'dead' system files`? Such as thumbs.db and desktop.ini.

As I´ve had drives of data recovered from a harddisk that got bust, a lot of the attribute files have been coming with the folders, but they no longer function as they use to.
But they are there, they just don't give my folders the icons they should give, and they aren't set as system files. Now, I want some way to use all these files that already exist, with the icon data and so on.
How do I restore/re-activate these? It would be a lot easier than to just go through all the folders again and try to find the icons I wanted
It's also about hidden album covers. Some files (i.e. AlbumArtSmall.jpg, and AlbumArtSmall_{6784....} that also used to be hidden.

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December 12, 2011 at 13:16:59
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One thing to try is System File Check(er);

To run a file check on the O/S.

If you have an XP CD:
Click START, RUN, type in:

sfc /purgecache

(This ensures that system files are copied from your Windows installation media, and files which may be infected/damaged with malware, or are corrupted, are not copied from your drive. Some of the files which are restored/replaced may need MS Updates applied. If sfc replaces any such files, you will have to reinstall updates for those files. (If you have Automatic Updates active, this will happen automatically.))

Then type in:

sfc /scannow

Have your XP CD handy.

If you do not have an XP CD:
Click START, RUN, type in:

sfc /scannow

Post back with your results.

It's a good day when you learn something

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December 12, 2011 at 15:34:50
Very good! Thanks for the reply - first I just gotta hear; can I tell it just to scan specific drives? It´d be awesome to just re-ise all those files instead re-doing all attributes manually one by one..

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December 18, 2011 at 05:37:56
Hello! I've been running this check-up, but it's nothing that suits the problem I'm sitting with, and I fear my post was misunderstood.
My mentioning of 'system files' was not referring to the Windows OS system files. Nothing on the C-drive, or, but a set of hidden files (with system attributes) in many of my own folders on several drives, that provide the folders with the functions they have. Such as icons and album covers.
Those files was included in my data recovery, but now appear as ordinary dead files, that show up, instead of being hidden and functioning.

More accurately, these:
Desktop.ini (and hundreds of it)

AlbumArtSmall_{manydigits}.jpg (these two being folder settings for ripped albums)

I want to 're-activate' those.

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December 20, 2011 at 09:34:40
Noone's got a clue on how to restore these system attributes?
This is quite a nuisance, and none of the search attempts retrieves anything helpful.

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December 25, 2011 at 09:54:33
OK, I wasn't able to get a solving answer in here, but I have been lucky to run into a solution myself, I can say.
So I'll just express to share the knowledge:

A neet freeware tool named Advanced Renamer can both mass-change filenames most properly, but also set attributes and change attribute dates. I have used this to restore those attributes in all the files.
But, as I needed to also make all my desktop.ini files *work* again, I found - after hours of stress-surfing and searching - a program named Folder Marker Pro to mass change icons for subsets of folders. This created a functioning desktop.ini file, which could THEN be replaced my existing .ini-files (by restoring the original files from Recycle Bin - I deleted them before mass-iconizing) which I then gave "system" and "hidden" attributes with Advanced Renamer. The cover image files seemed to work alright already. This is some awesome sh!t.

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