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my sfc.exe is not working

hi again, once again i have vista business that i recieved from my college, they dont give me any cds or hardcopies or anything, and me being stupid failed to make backup disks prior to this problem.

well anyways the last few weeks my computer has been running less and less stable, it was at a point where i could barely run my computer i kept getting the windows explorer has stopped working problem. after a ton of research and tweaking i was able to fix that problem but now since then my computer has been failing to load shortcuts, constantly gets random <operation name> has stopped working messages, and my firefox experience has greatly diminished.

I am almost 100% this is a system files problem, so i tried to run the sfc and it gets to 3% validation then stops and says it cannot continue, it doesnt say why it just stops. Ive run ChkDisk several times, defragged, ran registry cleaners adware and virus scanners so many times my head is going to fall off.

other things that have happened include, unable to uninstall programs, World of Warcraft became corrupted, cannot use the find function in firefox (Ctrl+F: it makes firefox stop responding) other than these things vista runs efficient and well its just these errors keep popping up.

so to sum it all up:

Im sure my system files are messed up.
My Sfc will not work
and i have no install disk (and have since lost the serial given to me)

what can i do?

system specs:
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Business
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ (2 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 866MB used, 5456MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
Graphics Card : NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
Drive: C: Free Space: 96.8 GB Total Space: 238.5 GB
Drive: E: Free Space: 186.5 GB Total Space: 238.5 GB

if anything else is needed let me know.


Vista Pro
Hmmm...not a lot is the short answer. Soz, but if you aint got a disk then you cant do a repair install or anything really.
If the sfc /scannow does not work then the original system files are deffo corrupt and yes, it wont tell you exactly whats wrong..it just stops. Daft I know, but its Dos you see..not very informative at the best of times.


Staff member
Hi Littleonetwo,

Not sure if this is your only problem, but you can go to this link below to fix the shortcut problem. Click on lnk in the box and download the lnkfix_vista.zip file. Follow the rest of the Usage Instructions at the site.


If this does not fix everything, then I would try contacting your college to see if you can get some kind of Vista recovery or installation dvd/cd.

thanks for the responses guys, i havent had time to fully check out that site (i work retail) but doing a ChkDsk seems to make things run a bit smoother for about a week.

I'm gonna see what my options are next time i go onto my campus.