How To Replace Missing Or Corrupted Windows XP Files

If a critical Windows file comes up missing, gets destroyed or corrupted by a virus or worm, or is otherwise unusable, you can usually restore it from your Windows XP CD.

Select Search from the Start menu and search the Windows XP CD for the filename. Remember: files on the CD have abbreviated extensions. For instance .EXE becomes EX_ (the last E replaced by an underscore). Here's an example, Wordpad.ex_. When (if) the file you want to replace is found, open a command prompt ( to open a "Command Prompt" Click Start then Run) and enter the command expand followed by the full path and name of the file and the desired destination, for example:

expand D:\Setup\Wordpad.ex_ C:\Windows\Notepad.exe. If either pathname contains any spaces, surround it (the entire path) with double quote, like
""D:\Setup\What ever.ex_""

If the file is not found, search again using the unmodified filename (the full extension, like exe). It might be inside a CAB (compressed) file, which Windows XP treats just the same as any other folder. In this case, all you have to do is open the folder, drag the file to the desired location while holding down the right mouse button, and choose "Copy Here". Do not choose "Move Here".


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