Windows XP SFC - You have inserted the wrong CD
Posted on 2012-04-11
I am working on a custom-built computer (running Windows Home Edition, 2002, Service Pack 3) which came in with a failing hard drive. I managed to clone the failing drive to a new one, though there were 2 sectors which could not be accessed. This has saved the client's documents and applications and, on the whole, I consider myself (and my client) lucky.
Now I am trying to run the System File Checker to ensure that the system files are intact and/or to replace them as necessary. When I attempt to run SFC, it asks for a system CD, which is usually a sign that it has found files it wants to replace.
I have several Windows Home install CD's and have tried them all:
- Windows XP Home Edition CD
(a bootleg copy that the client was given by the tech that built her system)
- Windows XP Home Edition 2002, upgrade CD
- Windows XP Home Edition 2002 w/SP 2, upgrade CD
- several OEM install CDs with Windows XP Home Edition
I have also tried a Windows XP Pro 2002 full-install CD (an act of desperation, I admit). In each case, I get the dreaded 'You have inserted the wrong CD' error.
Is there any way I can get one of these to work? Is there any other way I can conduct a System File Check and correct the files that the checker wants to replace? I'd be grateful for any suggestions as to how I can work around this situation and replace the files that the checker finds problematic without having to go out and find the exact CD that SFC seems to want.
Also, I don't know how to determine what CD the system expects; is there a way to do this? If there is no better workaround, at least this would let me know what kind of install CD I need to hunt down.
Thanks for the time you spent reading and considering this.