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Old 08-08-2009, 07:42 AM   #1
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In connection with an error reported by Windows 2010 Installer, Microsoft Support says I can run the command line 'SFC /SCANNOW', but I have to be an administrator. When I try this, I receive the message that I must be an administrator running a 'console session' to use the sfc command. That appears to me to be pure geek speak, which I don't know. Any Windows geeks out rhere?

   
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:18 PM   #2
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I am now an apprentice geek: I found out how to run a console session and to run sfc scannow, but having scanned all the fonts in Windows\Fonts I am no wiser: the files were all scanned, and some files were corrupt, but on trying to gain access to the log that gave the details of which files were corrupt and not repairable by scannow I was turned down flat by a blunt 'Access denied!' I fear the master geek will not turn up.

   
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:09 PM   #3
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Got SFC to run w/o problems, but it FOUND no problems, so apparently there's no log to look at.

But try rightclicking the Command Prompt icon (all programs, accessories) and choosing Run as Administrator.

That may allow you to access the folder where the log is stored (if you know what folder that is).

Then also from the command prompt:

notepad logfilename

will let you edit it

   
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:56 PM   #4
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See if this helps:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928228

I searched for "sfc log vista".
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:34 AM   #5
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But try rightclicking the Command Prompt icon (all programs, accessories) and choosing Run as Administrator.

That may allow you to access the folder where the log is stored (if you know what folder that is).
I don't think that will work: Windows has three categories, not two, as everyone is led to think; all files have their properties set with three categories, and only the highest category, system, has complete control.

That reminds me that I had once reset the properties of a TTC file (under direction from Microsoft Support) so that it could be moved by an admistrator (me). It was interfering with Word 2007's ability to toggle between any letter and its Unicode character point; when you toggled a second time to reverse the conversion you got a Chinese glyph!

   
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Bob:
Thanks for that! However, in my case Office 2010 installed without a problem after I had run sfc/ scannow, although the latter had reported that some files could not be repaired. Beginner's luck?

   
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although the latter had reported that some files could not be repaired
The log actually doesn't report any failures but details repairs of everything in the Windows\Fonts folder; I wonder what had happened to cause so many corrupt files. I suspect it has something to do with Suitcase for Windows.

   
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Hey Michael...did you have your elbow down on the space bar key??? '-}}

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Old 08-10-2009, 03:43 PM   #9
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did you have your elbow down on the space bar key?
In this forum, you're not allowed to use more that one question mark! No, I didn't have my elbow on it, but it did stick; obviously my instant corrective action was not enough to escape your eagle eye!

   
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michael: obviously my instant corrective action was not enough to escape your eagle eye!
I was going to fix it for you but decided it was sort of fun and left it as is...'-}}

And I just realized I should have said "the Return key" because the space bar wouldn't have done that...

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