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What's it called & How do U turn it off?

By rbloomquist1 ·
XP has a built in capability that replaces some files if you delete them or change them, back to their default file. What do they call this and how do you shut it off. I read an article on this within the last 60 days and thought that I had saved it for future use, but can't find it. I'm having trouble with a video driver that works right after I install it, but won't start after I reboot. I thought that this might help by shutting off this capability until I reboot. Hopefully it will accept the new file causing this problem when I turn it back on.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to What's it called & How do ...

i believe you are referring to system restore and i do not think it is causing your problem. perhaps you have a driver for the wrong os. when you say it won't start, can you get it to start using 'last known configuration'? or do you have to resort to safe mode?
anyhow, system restor is located: Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools. but to turn it off, you right click my computer and get properties then system restore tab.

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by BorgInva In reply to What's it called & How do ...

Windows File Protection. I kept some directions myself but, hmmm, can not find. Do a Google on it and see which site you prefer to grab the directions from. In the mean time, I am going to find mine. I think I had a file to go with it.

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by BorgInva In reply to

Search Google for
disable windows file protection

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by dmiles In reply to What's it called & How do ...

You are referring to Windows File Protection
Click Start > Run and type regedit.

Go to this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

In the right hand pane, if it doesn't exist, create a new Dword value named:


Double click it and for value data, enter


Then reboot.

This will now disable system file protection permanently and allow you to edit, delete or replace system files normally protected by the System File Protection feature.

To re-enable, just change the value data to 0.

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to What's it called & How do ...

check with the manufacturer to download the correct video driver for the correct os and if it's certified by MS.
If the video card is a uses a wellknown chip, nvidia for example, go to their website and download that one.

oh, and start with a lower setting (600x460,800x600) and work your way up, it could be also that the monitor can not handle the resolution that you have set,



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by brainac_tom In reply to What's it called & How do ...

If your question is related to system files, there is a built in function named SFC. It will scan your PC and see if any of the original files are damaged or corrupt. It will then refresh/replace the files.



Insert XP CD if prompted.

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by TracyF In reply to What's it called & How do ...

I had a similar experience with a video card/driver install.

I ended up having to remove the old one in device manager & to load the standard VGA adapter- in safe mode. I then booted back to the desktop & used the manual install of the driver .inf- there was something screwy in the .exe for the install.

If, for some bizarre reason, the old adapter continues to show- disable it in the properties in device manager.

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