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SFC | Windows98 | System Utilities |

General Description

SFC - System File Checker (SFC) is a program that verifies the integrity of the Windows 98 system files.

Running SFC

Note: This is not a perfect tool. Taking precautions like backing up your registry is a good idea. Also if during the process errors are reported to you and you allow SFC to restore files, its a good idea to write the names of those files down on a piece of paper so you have a record of what files were changed ( More info on registry backups ).

1) Click on Start button on the Task Bar.

2) Select Run from the pop-up selection

3) type SFC in the "open" text box and click OK. The "System File Checker" window will appear.

4) To perform a complete check of all files click the "Scan for altered files" Selection Option and press the Start button.

Note: You can also select the option "Extract one file from installation disk" and then using the Browse button, find the name of the file you want to extract.

5) The computer will display "Checking Files..." within the same window, and the Start button will be grayed out while the files are checked.

6) If any files are found to be corrupt, a window will appear showing you the name of the corrupt file and present you will 3 options to a) update that file as known to be good, b) Restore the file or c) ignore the file until the next time you run SFC.

7) When the checking is done the "Finished"  window will appear. 

Press the OK button to continue. This will bring you back to the original "System File Checker Window". Click the Close button to close the SFC program.

8) You are now done. At this time you should most likely reboot your computer.


Problems with SFC -

Problems with SFC and Desk.cpl file -

When you try to extract the Desk.cpl file from your Windows 98 CD-ROM by using the System File Checker tool, you may receive the following error message:

The file was not found. Verify that you have selected the correct "Restore from" location and try again

This issue occurs because the name of the Desk.cpl file on the Windows 98 CD-ROM is Deskw95.cpl .

Use System File Checker ( SFC ) to extract the Deskw95.cpl file, and then rename the Deskw95.cpl file to Desk.cpl .

Note : If you can NOT for some reason run SFC, a copy of Deskw95.cpl ( i.e. Desk.cpl ) has been placed on our server for download in case you have problems with extracting it from your disk.

For safety you might want to rename your existing c:\windows\system\desk.cpl file from desk.cpl to desk.old prior to downloading and saving the file below.

Download Desk.cpl - This file should be saved into the c:\windows\system folder.

( Note : Rather then confuse you we correctly named the download file Desk.cpl, but remember if you use SFC to extract, you must specify the name Deskw95.cpl then rename it , of course since the download file we provide is already named correctly you do not have to change it )



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