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"System File Checker"-within windows help

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I was using "System File Checker" which i accessed thru Windows help.  It checks if system files have been altered/corrupted and asks u if u want to restore the file from your installation disks or ignore the problem.....well i got prompted to do that with these two files:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM      user.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\VIEWERS      vsrtf.dll
the problem is i dont have the installation disks -- do u thik it would be ok to just ask someone who has win98 to find these files on his hard drive and give them to me and then cppy them over the ones i have? --- and do u have any idea what the user.exe's fundtion is?
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Compare the dates on these files to the rest of your Win98 core files.If they're different,they are probably updated versions placed there by a program you installed.Putting back the originals will kill that program.If this is the case,you can tell SFC to accept these so it won't bug you the next time you run it.

If,however,the dates are the same as the rest of Win98,they may in fact be corrupted.This can sometimes be confirmed by checking thier size against the same dated files in another system - same dates but different size usually indicates trouble.

User.exe is a major Windows component for handling user I/O (keyboard,video,etc.).Vsrtf.dll I'm not sure of,but since it's in the \Windows\System\Viewer folder,I assume it has something to do with displaying a file type - probably Rich Text Format files.

You would be safer extracting these from your Windows CD,but copying them from the same version of Windows should also be OK.Once again,be sure some program didn't put them there (check dates).
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i checked the dates and they match the times of other core files so i guess they werent put there by any other progs --- i asked a friend who is running win98 to send these files to me thru icq and he did -- so is it alright to just copy them over mine -- the dates on his files are different of course cuz he just copied them for me off of his system -- is this alright? -- should i just go for it?
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Go ahead - but move the old ones to a another folder first,just in case.

Are the sizes different?

By the way,why did you run SFC in the first place - did the system develop a problem?
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the sizes for user.exe are the asame but the different for vsrtf.dll so i guess i'll jus do the user.exe one and that file is also found in me progam files/quick view plus directory but that sz is different also(3 diff sizes) -- what should i do about that file? -- and i ran sfc because i was just trying out every option in windows help that i wasnt familiar with.........
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"i ran sfc because i was just trying out every option in windows help that i wasnt familiar with........."

Whoa! STOP! I assumed you had a problem.If it ain't broke,don't fix it.Replacing core Windows files is always a dangerous operation,and should only be done if necessary.You could very well CREATE a problem,possibly one that won't show until months from now - long after you forgot what you did.I suggest you ignore this SFC message.Even though the dates are the same,it sounds like these files were upgraded by some program.  
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