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Old 23. Jul 2013, 06:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Some Windows system files seemed corrupted and tried several suggested methods including "sfc /scannow" in administrator mode but receiving a message like:

"Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of the problem..."

Luckily I had made a recovery disk before and restored Windows in the partition C. Now everything looks good.

Even luckily I always saved my data in a separate partition besides on an external disk so all my data was still in that partition after restoring the Windows.

Even more luckily I had my Linux partitions untouched and the PC could boot into them after restoring the Windows.

What a time saver!
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Old 23. Jul 2013, 07:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm surprised the usual repairs didn't work. Did you try them?
- system file checker on Windows 7
- automatic repair on Windows 8
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Old 23. Jul 2013, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm surprised the usual repairs didn't work. Did you try them?
- system file checker on Windows 7
Ya Remah, that's sfc standing for, but it couldn't help. Restoring the Windows seems the best choice.

Wherever possible I use portable apps stored at the Data partition, including Portable Start Menu (PSMenu). After restoring the Windows, create a shortcut to the PSMenu and it seems like I'm ready to run any apps from there.
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I'm totally with you on the portable programs thing

They do come with their own set of problems and issues sometimes, but on the whole I have about half a dozen installed programs in windows. Everything I use lives in a directory on D.\

I've never much like the "fix it" approach either so I don't use sfc really. Restoring the partition is always my first choice and because I have so few installations it's a pretty quick restore.
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JoJo, I am guessing that you do not have a full Windows 7 installation disc. Otherwise, you could have tried the procedure given here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...ation-disc.htm
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Old 24. Jul 2013, 01:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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JoJo, I am guessing that you do not have a full Windows 7 installation disc. Otherwise, you could have tried the procedure given here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...ation-disc.htm
Nope Vic, I don't haven a full installation disc with an option for startup repair. I just have a disk for a complete restoration.
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What do you mean by re-installing Windows then? Did you restore a drive image, System Restore point, some kind of repair, or was it actually a factory reset disc?
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What do you mean by re-installing Windows then? Did you restore a drive image, System Restore point, some kind of repair, or was it actually a factory reset disc?
It's a factory reset image, but on top, it also adds Windows updates up to the point when I made the restoration disk.
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A weird thing happened. After restoring the Windows, Revo Uninstaller showed all installed programs as having invalid installation dates and times, but the Windows default uninstaller did show them up correctly.

I suspected this could be the issue from the Revo Uninstaller itself.

Decided to use Revo Uninstaller to uninstall the program Revo Uninstaller . It went through smoothly.

Downloaded the latest version 1.95 of Revo Uninstaller, fired up and it still showed all installed programs having invalid installation dates and times, even for the newly installed programs.

Googling didn't turn out any useful steps to resolve the problem. Has anyone had any clues?
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What Windows default uninstaller says about the installation date:




What Revo Uninstaller says about the installation date:

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