To start off, my computer is running Windows XP Home Edition. It did have all current microsoft security updates.
I use AVG free edition for virus protection. It was missing a file so I re downloaded it. I uninstalled the one on my computer and it said it would have to restart. I chose not to restart right away. MSN chat kept coming up on log in so I went into msconfig and turned it off. That also said I needed to restart for the changes to take effect. Before I restarted I opened up my computer/ programs and saw some files I wasnt familiar with. I googled them and discovered that everytime I logged on MSN chat put them there? So I deleted them. I think I deleted something important though.
When I restarted my computer the screen came up black and said: NTLDR is missing Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart. I tried a the steps on this web page http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrorm...drmissingxp.htm
. I followed everything before and including step 10.
After doing that, this message came up while trying to boot up: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM. So I followed the advice on this website: http://www.dslreports.com/faq/3546
. I performed the steps under the heading Hard Way. I was finally able to log in.
I then clicked on the internet explorer icon and this popped up: the procedure entry point SHRegGetValueW could not be located in the dynamic link library SHLWAPI.dll. I use a Linksys Wireless G router and the wireless G cards in my computers. I checked my IP address under network connections and none of my info for my static IP address was there any more, so I put it all back in. I still got the error message. My network monitor says I'm connected to the router but the internet cannot be found. My second computer can still connect. So I figured it had something to do with the error.
I searched around a bit and found this from microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888162
. I followed these instructions up to step 5. According to step 5 I need to remove Windows XP Hotfix – KB834707. Unfortunately that is not in the programs list. Also step 8 wants me to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2. That is not in the program list either. I'm assuming that I'm getting the message because the correct updates are not installed? Of course I cant update the system since I cant get on the internet. So at this point I'm at a loss.