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Damaged System Files-XP Pro SP2

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Vicsguy, Nov 27, 2007.

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  1. Vicsguy

    Vicsguy Thread Starter

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    Had (have) a virus that seems to have modified some system files.

    The taskbar and desktop icons disappear and reappear every few seconds. On rebooting, the "Window File Protection" program runs and after nearly an hour it asks that I insert disk 2 of XP Pro through five iterations. Sadly, this Compaq came preloaded with XP and I have no disks.

    Is there a way to identify the affected files and download them direct from Microsoft?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. steven1350

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    do you have an anti-virus? Most anti-virus' can identify what you are dealing with. Once you know what it is, a quick google search can usually yield detailed removal instructions.

    However, if your system files have changed, and you don't have any backups, there isn't a whole lot you can do.

    I recomend that you write down your windows serial number, and borrow a windows XP disk off of a friend. Use that disk to either re-install (using your serial of course) or use it to recover your damaged system files.
     
  3. Vicsguy

    Vicsguy Thread Starter

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    I've posted as well in the malware threads and I am working to eliminate the virus(es). I just know this problem has occured too and was hoping for a simple fix! I gues I'll hunt down some XP Pro disks.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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