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CD driver corrupt but I have windows flat files. How do I tell SFC where?

By vandy ·
Of course, the brilliant developers of Windows XP are a constant source of endless loops. I suddenly found my CD ROM inaccessible due to a missing or corrupt driver. Can't do a repair install. When it installs the starting install files it reboots and LOOKS FOR THE CD for the rest of the installation. I've saved the \I386 contents to a folder with that name on the default. I thought I'd try SFC and see if the System File Checker would replace my bad driver but IT WANTS TO ACCESS THE CD FOR DLLs. HELP! Can I use Regedit to make repair install or SFC look at the flat files?

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Your best bet is to get another cd/dvd drive....

Get another cd/dvd drive and install this into your computer, this should resolve your issue. Sometimes cd/dvd drives go belly up with no warning.

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I usually get the option to point to the installation folder

by seanferd In reply to CD driver corrupt but I h ...

I don't have a CD, everything is stored on the HDD.

Your best bet for the HDD is to crate a folder named OPTIONS in the root of the drive, and dump the entire CD contents in there.

That being said, you may need a new optical drive.

Try this after you copy the files:
Go to device manager and uninstall the CD drive from the list. Restart the computer.

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This maybe what you are looking for

by Jacky Howe In reply to CD driver corrupt but I h ...

modify the SourcePath and restart the System.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]
"SourcePath"="E:\\I386"

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