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Windows 7: Windows Defender Offline

09 Aug 2011   #90

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate

You're welcome, Brink, and thanks for adding the TIP.

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10 Aug 2011   #91

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Different Servers
Standalone System Sweeper as xen-vm / Error code: 0x8004cc01 (solved)


being a big fan of Desinfec’t (formally known as Knoppicillin, a Linux based virus scanner that runs from CD) I thought I should give the System Sweeper a try.

What makes my case a little special is that the “PC” to scan is a xen-vm.

I downloaded the iso-file, created a xen-vm to boot it, mounted the disk-image of the PC to scan (read-only) and started the vm. The result was pretty disappointing: Windows PE booted but displayed an error very soon:

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper cannot be started. Please contact support.

Error code: 0x8004cc01

Searching the net for this error did not bring up much info except for this thread so I started playing around. I finally got it running and those are the things I had to fix:
- the system you are scanning needs to be supported by the tool (e.g. I tried to scan a Windows Server 2008 R2 hd which did not work)
- the tool needs write-access to the disk you are scanning (I first tried to scan a read-only drive since Desinfec’t can do that)
- the PC that boots the tool needs at least 750 MB RAM and 500 MB disk space
- if you want to update virus definition online you need a DHCP server that assigns IP / DNS / GW to the Windows PE during booting.

This way I was able to boot a xen-vm from the Sweeper-Iso, update the virus definitions online and scanned the “hard disk” of another xen-vm (Windows 7 64-bit).

My resume: a nice tool but I would really like the option to just scan a hard drive no matter of the OS it contains and with only read access.

Hope this helps those who encounter the same error.
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11 Aug 2011   #92

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I was able to get the CD to work.
It wasn't easy.
I had to fix another problem first.
I apparently had some kind of conflict going on.
I had run out of SATA RAID ports. So I added a SATA RAID card.
Lazily, I connected my 2 SATA DVDROMs instead of a RAID drive pairm to the card.
The PC did not like this.
It did not become apparent until I tried to boot from a USB drive.
Then the PC began to misfire and belch black smoke.
After fixing this in a long complicated process, it is humming along smoothly again.
The MSSS CD will boot and run.
And, I can also boot from a USB drive now if I want to.
Life is good!
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11 Aug 2011   #93

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's great news Voyager. Thank you for posting back with your results.


Welcome to Seven Forums, and thank you for posting your solution.
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15 Aug 2011   #94
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit

Nice Tutorial ...! Thanks
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15 Aug 2011   #95

32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium & Windows 8 Release Preview

One noobish question: Will MSSS delete my data?
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15 Aug 2011   #96

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Abhishek,

Only if your data is malware.
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16 Aug 2011   #97

32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium & Windows 8 Release Preview

I meant normal data like pictures, music, videos and office files. They will be safe I guess.
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16 Aug 2011   #98

Windows 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Abhishek Sharma View Post
I meant normal data like pictures, music, videos and office files. They will be safe I guess.
If they are clean,they should be safe.
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16 Aug 2011   #99

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

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