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Windows 7: System File Checker can't replace bad files

22 Jun 2017   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I downloaded the iso image but am unable to rename the specified file (\sources\ci.cfg). I tried renaming it in File Explorer and I also opened it in 7-zip and tried there.

I burned it to a disk anyway and ran it on the problem PC. The "Repair your computer" options didn't really offer anything useful: Startup Repair, Memory Diagnostic. There's no system restore point and the Image Recovery would be a last resort.

Two questions:
1) What is the purpose of renaming that file?
2) Will running the Win 7 installation from the disk make the users' files inaccessible or require any user-installed programs to have to be reinstalled? What are the ramifications of running the installer on a PC that has users & programs?

Thanks again!

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22 Jun 2017   #12

Windows 7 HP 64

All windows 7 installation disk comes with all brands (Home, HP, Pro and Ultimate).
\sources\ci.cfg is a configuration file that stakes the installation to one of them. If you rename or delete it it will ask what version you want to install. That is a solution if you don't have one brand disk but has another.
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23 Jun 2017   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Megahertz, thanks for the answer about renaming the file, but could you respond to this, please?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by capella07 View Post
I tried copying the file to the folders as instructed. I tried creating a copy of the 0KB wlanmm.dll.mui file, but I got a permissions message so I copied the file's folder to the desktop. Having done that, I tried copying the x86 folder's file to the amd64 folder to overwrite the 0KB file, but I'm getting the message "You need permission to perform this action". I have admin rights on my login. I don't recall any sort of UAC feature on Win7 (although it's been an awfully long time...)

I tried copying the file via an elevated cmd using the "copy" command, but got an Access is denied message. That's the extent of my knowledge on that. I'm sure there must be a way to force the copy/overwrite.

But I'm wondering if that's even necessary because wouldn't running the Win 7 installer fix the issue anyway?
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23 Jun 2017   #14

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

The SFC problem comes from a bad update, it always has.

There is only 1 member I`ve ever seen that knew how to fix it, and it was a big issue with windows 7 awhile back.

I haven`t seen him post since March.

It would be faster and easier to fix the issue by reinstalling windows.
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24 Jun 2017   #15

Windows 7 HP 64

Sorry for the delay.
The best solution is to do a Repair install.
Repair Install - Windows 7 Help Forums
Extract the ISO file to a flash disk, rename the \sources\ci.cfg and from running windows launch setup.
It will reinstall windows keeping all data and programs.
For the updates
MS releases SP2 for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
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