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#1 Deathscythe


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Posted 13 August 2008 - 12:39 PM

I'm working on a machine that for some reason has "Dumprep 0 -k" in msconfig. Its configured to run on startup. I don't know what the process is or why it is there. I searched google for an answer but all i found was dumprep 0 -u.....any ideas?

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 01:09 PM

dumprep O-k: Dumprep.exe is a Microsoft process that runs when a program has a critical error and cannot be restored.

You don't need it on start-up.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 02:14 PM

The computer is caked with viruses and spyware. While in the process of running xoftspy or superanti-spyware, or spybot it will come across one of the files and the computer immediately crashes. Everytime i boot back up the dumprep appears in the msconfig. I'm about ready to throw the thing out the window. Help?

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 03:22 PM

Well...you have to understand that I don't do this (or anything else now) for a living. I play with computers because I like them and think they are incredible tools for those of us who have a tendency to like learning.

I don't believe in resurrections from the dead. A dead system, IMO, is one where either hardware or malware or something unusual in the file system...has made any reclamation project virtually impossible.

There comes a time when one should be able to say "Enuff!" when someone comes in with a request for you to do the impossible and breathe life into a dead system...and still save their precious little files (that weren't precious enough for backing up) that currently are inaccessible on the system.

What I do to my friends with such requests...I just tell them up front, after hearing their pleas...that I will do a clean install and all of their porn, jokes, movies, photos, etc...will be in Computer Heaven when I get done. I explain to them how they could have avoided such an obviously unhappy result, but I make no expectation of changed behavior.

I merely set the ground rules for what they can expect if they continue to treat their systems with such total disregard..and then bring them to me for "cleaning up".

Perhaps you might modify that to fit your own situation :thumbsup:.

The dumprep itself merely confirms that something that the user should know about...has happened. But, of course, you already know this. There's probably a way to disable reporting...but I would not recommend such as a long-term policy.



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Posted 13 August 2008 - 04:18 PM

I agree with hamluis - and I do do this for a job (but surely don't make a living from it! :thumbsup:

After being used for a while, Windows gets what's referred to as "bloat". It's the accumulation of different little things that were adjusted or added to Windows throughout the time it's been installed. While you can root around inside the file system and registry for days trying to weed this stuff out - you'll still be left with a system that doesn't perform as it did when it was "fresh". Couple this with a malware infection and you're in for days and days of fighting just to get a sluggish system back.

So, what's the solution? You don't want to reinstall because all of your critical programs will have to be reinstalled and then you'll have to adjust all of the settings again. Unfortunately you can't do anything about that now since the computer is already bloated. What you can do is prepare yourself for next time.

Here's the solution as I see it:
1) Backup your stuff (because a later step will wipe it all out). Backing up is easier than it was in the past - using an external drive and a boot CD you can save anything you want with a minimum of hassle.
2) Make a list of all the applications that you can't live without. Then gather up the installers, CD's, and all the license information that you've got.
3) Format your hard drive and reinstall Windows. Get all your protection updated, all of your Windows Updates, and then install all of your needed programs. Then change/add all of the settings that you need to change.
4) Then make an image of your hard drive. It'll include all of the updates and settings - so the next time you need it you can just use the image to set everything up. It's even possible to find programs that'll make a restore partition out of this image and will include an option to boot to the restore partition in case Windows doesn't work. The good part of this is that you can restore the image in around 20 minutes - so you'll be backup and running with that fresh copy of Windows in no time at all!
5) Remeber to backup your stuff. If you have to restore the image - it'll wipe your stuff out, so you'll need to have it backed up!!!
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