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Hey everyone, I have this nasty virus it appears that brings up messages saying the Power service has stopped and needs to restart, among other things. Basically my issue is outlined here, and I've tried all solutions to no avail. Link. What I'm wondering is, is there any way to fully refresh all Windows 7 related files without touching any of my data? I heard you can do this in Windows 8, just wondering if Windows 7 can do this as well, thanks.
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When you reinstall Windows a folder will be automatically created called "windows.old" and it will have all of your files in it.
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Originally Posted by Tnt6200 View Post

When you reinstall Windows a folder will be automatically created called "windows.old" and it will have all of your files in it.

Hm, well I'm more worried about my HDD(D:\) and the programs installed there. Just really trying to avoid re installing overall, just wondering if a "refresh" I guess you could say, is possible.
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Sadly no. I searched for this, I've had to re format at least 4 times due to viruses (back when I knew very little about computers)

Best bet is to just whipe bud. Spend 3 hours re-setting up. Goodluck!!!thumb.gif
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This wont clean the virus, but it might help repair any damage it's done. Try running:

SFC /scannow

in a Command Prompt with admin rights. It stands for System File Checker, and it can detect errors in critical system files and *sometimes* fix them.

But seriously if you think the virus is still present, you should be re-formatting.
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    If you simply "refresh" (or verify, as BinaryDemon suggested) your Windows files, all your software, including the virus, will be fully functional.  You need to remove the virus first.  I recommend scanning your PC with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to attempt to remove the virus first, and then, try the "SFC /scannow" command that was suggested earlier. thumb.gif
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Yea, have tried MBAM and SFC already, guess I shall be reformatting, oh welp, wouldn't be the first time, thanks guys.
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MBAM's associated tools are the best option for this?
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