Windows Server 2000

Double checking your system after recovering from a corrupted Microsoft OS

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Disasters happen and with a bit of skill and some luck, you might be able to get back into your operating system.  But you might notice a bunch of things out of place or missing if you had to do a Windows repair or use the Recovery Console to set things back to factory settings.

One of the tools I like to use is System File Checker (sfc.exe) which compares your file system against the original install disk and replaces missing or corrupt system files as needed.  Just go to a command prompt and type:

sfc /scannow

and Windows File Protection will begin scanning all your protected system files immediately.  If you get a prompt asking you to insert a disk, just cancel out and edit your registry key here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

and verify SourcePath is set to your CD-ROM drive with your install CD in it.  You’ll have to reboot to make sure the changes take effect.  Also you might want to verify:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ServicePackSourcePath

is set to C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles just so your service packs you have installed after installing the original OS are taken into account and not overwritten by older versions.

About Jason Samuel

Jason Samuel lives in Houston, TX with a primary focus on strategic advisory and architecture of end-user computing, security, enterprise mobility, virtualization, and cloud technologies from Citrix, Microsoft, & VMware. He also has an extensive background in web architecture and networking over his 20+ year career in IT. He is an Author, Speaker, and Local User Group Community Leader. He is certified in several technologies and is 1 of 63 people globally that is a recipient of the prestigious Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. He is 1 of 42 people in the world that has been awarded as a VMware EUC Champion and VMware vExpert. He is a featured author on DABCC which provides the latest IT Community News on Cloud, Data Center, Desktop, Mobility, Security, Storage, & Virtualization. In his spare time Jason enjoys writing how-to articles and evangelizing the technologies he works with. Disclaimer: The content and opinions expressed in articles and posts are his own and are by no means associated with his employer.

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