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sfc/scannow won't work

by Mary T-205113508737904897 / October 23, 2005 5:21 PM PDT

I read in an article that I could check my system files by going to Start, Run and type in sfc/scannow. When I do this I get a message saying Windows cannot find sfc/scannow. I run Windows XP Home on an Acer Aspire T120E computer. Any suggestions would be welcome. (Well, nearly any.)
Mary T.

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Put a space between "sfc/" and "scannow".
by Paul C / October 23, 2005 7:50 PM PDT
In reply to: sfc/scannow won't work

If that doesn't work, run it in Safe Mode (with the space).

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And just to add
by Steven Haninger / October 23, 2005 9:21 PM PDT

Run this from the command window instead of Start/Run. Just type in ''command'' (or ''cmd'') instead...but don't use the quotes. The command window should appear and just type in, as was stated, using the space before the switch.

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Paul, Not Quite..It's 'sfc space slash nospace scannow'
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 24, 2005 2:14 AM PDT

The command in the Run line should look like this:

sfc /scannow

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Read this
by phantazy / October 24, 2005 2:01 AM PDT
In reply to: sfc/scannow won't work
http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html
Windows has ahabit of changing the format of the installation, particularly after updates, such as SP2, which makes the sfc /scannow utility fail to find the proper source paths. The above describes a way to do this without the disk.
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Re sfc/ scannow
by Mary T-205113508737904897 / October 24, 2005 4:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Read this

Thanks for the advice. I got the command window up and typed sfc/ scannow. I then pressed the enter key and a list was shown starting with SCANNOW then SCANONCE and others. At the bottom of the list was: C:\DOCUME 1/MARY>. I had no idea what to do then. I have spent hours trying to work out what to do next as I did not want to be beat. Is it just me being thick, am I missing something obvious?
Mary T.

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System Command
by phantazy / October 24, 2005 4:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Re sfc/ scannow

I don't really understand what is happening in what you describe. Sfc /scannow is like a basic command that either works if the parameters and source paths are ok, or it doesn't. If it comes back with 'C: Documents' and such then things are corrupted. If you go with the suggested site, and copy i386. folder to c:/ drive and make the registry change in Local Machine, there should be no problem, unless you don't have the installation disk. Whichever way you work it, sfc requires the disk.

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Mary, Please Follow The Instructions I Gave Above...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 24, 2005 4:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Re sfc/ scannow

You've typed the command a little bit wrong. Here's a link to that post:

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6122-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=132424&messageID=1493579

Once you type it correctly, a small window will load that says: "Windows File Protection". The window will indicate that Windows is checking to verify all the protected Windows Files are still in their original condition.. If they are not, it will fix them.

You shouldn't need to make any decisions as it's done automatically.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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sfc /scannow Eureka !

Put space before slash and it worked. What a difference a space makes ! Thanks folks.
Mary T

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