I am trying to fix an issue with Windows registry and services. I tried running sfc command but this is the error message I get?
C:\Windows>sfc /scannow Beginning system scan. This process will take some time. There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again. C:\Windows>
But I have rebooted several times since this message first appeared, and I even tried running the command in safe mode and in console mode but I still get the same message. How do I get rid of it?
There is this file in winsxs folder: C:\Windows\winsxs\cleanup.xml
This is it's content:
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-16'?> <PendingTransaction > <POQ postAction="NoReboot"> <DeleteFile path="\??\D:\$$DeleteMe.CbsMsg.dll.01c85bd2f5893b40.0000"/> </POQ> </PendingTransaction>
Could this be something? Is this the cause? Is it safe to delete this file?
I tried renaming it but the operation failed.
I ran the explorer.exe with elevated privileges and navigated to the location. I got the UAC confirmation prompt and then the error below.
Destination Folder Access Denied You need permission to perform this action
How do I rename or delete this file? Do I need to use cmd or be in safe mode to do it?
I started safe mode with command prompt and tried taking ownership of the file and then renaming it. Rename failed.
C:\Windows\winsxs>ren cleanup.xml cleanup.xml.old Access is denied. C:\Windows\winsxs>takeown /f "cleanup.xml" SUCCESS: The file (or folder): "C:\Windows\winsxs\cleanup.xml" now owned by user "mycomputername\username". C:\Windows\winsxs>ren cleanup.xml cleanup.xml.old Access is denied. C:\Windows\winsxs>
I also issued following command.
C:\Windows\system32>icacls "C:\Windows\winsxs\cleanup.xml" /grant username:F processed file: C:\Windows\winsxs\cleanup.xml Successfully processed 1 files; Failed processing 0 files C:\Windows\system32>cd ..\winsxs C:\Windows\winsxs>ren cleanup.xml cleanup.xml.old Access is denied. C:\Windows\winsxs>
It still won't allow me to rename it. I issued these last two commands in normal Windows mode. Does it matter?... I will try a reboot.