1.) Just click cancel for now...you can't comply and insert the XP CD at this point so there's no reason to leave the message on the screen. Although Windows could become unstable it really shouldn't, and besides, clicking Cancel wouldn't actually make a difference...the 'damage' has already been done, so Windows is already 'unstable.' (I never have liked that warning.)
2.) You can try going to C:\, right-clicking on the folder Windows, selecting Properties, clicking Advanced, unchecking the box next to "compress contents to save disk space," and OKing your way out...that should make it happy.
3.) New computers aren't coming with the CDs anymore. Instead the manufacturer wants you to burn them yourself...there should be something in the Start Menu about burning system recovery disks...choose that option and burn a set of CDs. (It burns them from a hidden recovery partition containing the CD data.) You can then use them to resolve this issue or any future problems that come up.
Hope this helps,
After I compressed my C: Drive, I got this message:
''Window File Protection
Files that are required for Windows to run
properly have been replaced with
unrecognized version. To maintain system
stability, Windows must restore the original
versions of these files.
Insert your CD now.''
Retry More Information Cancel
Unfortunately, my computer never came with the installation CD's when I bought it @ Best Buy. They came pre-loaded (I have a Sony Vaio VGC-RA820G). I tried doing the Windows System Restore, but somehow I don't have a restore point established except after the files were already compressed.
That message is still on my screen as we speak. I tried hitting cancel but it threatened that Windows may become unstable.