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  1. #1
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    Apr 2006

    sfc /scannow error message - Windows XP SP2

    I use to run ‘sfc /scannow’ command time to time to keep my hard drive alive on this Windows XP running desktop. I am doing this from long time but recently started having some problems with the same. Now whenever I run the sfc /scannow command, it gives me an error message saying some thing like “0x000006ba (The RPC server is
    unavailable) when doing sfc /scannow.”

    Furthermore it continues ‘Windows file protection could not initiate a scan of protected system files.’ I don’t know what all it means. Do anyone of you have came through this error? Any solution please?

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    Join Date
    Sep 2004

    RE: sfc /scannow error message - Windows XP SP2

    Well i dont have any personal experience with this error but i too wanted to know what could be the solution, i did some searches and landed on a MS KB article describing solution for the same. Though the Article is related to Windows 2000, but it applies to Windows XP as well. You should have a look and try out the steps provided.

    Windows File Protection may not start

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Re: sfc /scannow error message - Windows XP SP2

    Hello Sarthak, just go through the following steps:
    • Click Start, and then click Run.
    • In the Open box, type: MMC.
    • When Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is displayed, click Console, and then click Add/Remove Snap-in.
    • On the Add/Remove window, click Add.
    • When the list of available snap-ins are displayed, click Certificates, and then click Add.
    • Click Computer Account.
    • Click Next.
    • Click Local Computer, and then click Finish.
    • Click Close, and then click OK to close out the Add/Remove Snap-in window.
    • Under Console Root, double-click Certificates (Local Computer).
    • Double-click Trusted Root Certificate Authorities, and then double-click Certificates.
    • In the right pane, the installed certificates are displayed. Scroll down the list until you locate the No Liability Accepted certificate.
    • Right-click this certificate, click All Tasks, and then click Export.
    • On the Export Wizard, click Next, click DER encoded Library X.509, and then click Next.
    • In the File name box, enter a file name to save the file (for example, C:\Cert). A .cer extension is added to the file name.
    • Transfer this file to the computer that is receiving the error message.

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