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Running the System File Checker From A Network Share

Posted by William Diaz on July 1, 2011


I recently found myself needing to run the Microsoft Windows System File Checker on a workstation. If you don’t already know, the default behavior is to “Insert your Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 CD now” if that is how the operating system was installed or imaged.
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To workaround this, create a drive mapping to the network share that contains the XP installation files, e.g. \\xx-fs1\Setups\Microsoft\Windows\Windows XP\32 Bit\SP\SP3\i386. Afterwards, go into the registry and navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setups and edit the SourcePath & ServicePackSourcePath to the new network drive:
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