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Disabling the SFP or WFP feature in Windows 2000, Millennium, XP & 2003
Updated: Wednesday July 18, 2012

[Disable System File Protection & PCHealth features in Windows ME]
There is a way to disable Windows ME's System File Protection and PCHealth programs from running.
Type 'msconfig' in the Run dialog box to run the System Configuration Utility.  Click on the Startup tab and
uncheck the 'Statemgr' & 'PCHealth' programs.   Click on OK and reboot.  Preventing PCHealth from runninng
and deleting the 'PC Health Scheduler for Data Collection' task from the Scheduled Tasks folder should
also make things run a little faster.  WinME users should only disable the System File Protection feature
if they really need to use or restore older versions of system files [you can use the System Configuration
tool 'msconfig.exe' & click on the Extract File button to extract a system file].  I actually find that disabling
WinME's SFP & PCHealth features make it run faster & more smoothly and the Scandisk & Defrag tools
will have less chances of them restarting from mid-way of their activities.
Warning: Disabling System File Protection prevents un-installation of Internet Explorer; the IE removal
process will fail if SFP is disabled in WinME.  It also prevents the removal of the latest IE security patches
if any IE security updates were installed.  Best time to 'enable' SFP is when you are installing or
re-installing third party programs and then turn off SFP when you are done.

[Disable Windows File Protection feature in Windows 2000, XP & Server 2003]
See this site on how to disable the Windows File Protection [WFP] feature in
Windows 2000 and Windows XP (may also apply to Windows Server 2003):
Personally, I do NOT recommend turning off the Windows File Protection feature in Win2000 or XP
this way.  If you really want to disable WFP under Win2000, XP or Server 2003, use the
Windows File Protection Switcher tool which safely turns the WFP feature on or off.
Warning: The Windows File Protection Switcher tool does NOT work under Windows XP SP2/SP3,
Windows Server 2003 SP1/SP2 and greater.

Update: Read MDGx's Win2000 Tweaks + Secrets page Part 1 on how to disable Windows File
Protection under Windows 2000, XP or Server 2003.

[Click here to go back to my Computer Tips for Windows page - part 1]