The purpose of these forums is to help folks with their computer issues - so we'll work on fixing this until you decide that enough is enough (or until we run out of ideas). For a lot of the people here, troubleshooting details like this are fun (and in my case, it's a substitute for having a real life!
Some people just aren't thrilled at spending weeks troubleshooting an issue with their computer - so it's your choice when to throw in the towel, format the hard drive, and reinstall Windows.
And, FWIW, we'll help you out with that also. That's why we're here.
A short story here (feel free to fall asleep during it, most people do!):
Years ago I was in charge of a Supply department in the US Army. The Supply techs (3 of them) had just spent 3 weeks entering all their inventory into a new logistic program that was designed to make everyone's job easier. Then Windows crashed!!! The Supply Sergeant called the IT folks up and asked him what to do. His response was "format and reinstall".
At this point the Supply Sergeant went ballistic!!! The IT guy didn't know how to recover the data (he knew Windows well, but not a thing about MS-DOS), and the Supply Sergeant didn't want to lose his data. So, they brought it to me to decide.
I walked into the supply room with a DOS boot disk, booted to an MS-DOS prompt, and typed in "win" (without the quotes) and pressed Enter. Windows booted up and the Supply Sergeant was able to recover his data.
The point of the story is that a "format and reinstall" can fix almost any problem - but the associated costs may not make it worth it. I am against the "format and reinstall" as a fix until all other avenues have been pursued. And, lately, I always try to precede the format and reinstall with an attempt at a backup - so that way the people that we're helping won't be left without anything for their efforts (like my Supply Sergeant).
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