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Frustrating Issues since Reinstallation of WinXP

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#1 Teck071


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Posted 25 November 2008 - 08:22 AM

Hey there...

I'll start from the very beginning.

I had a extreme virus issue about 2 months ago, it completely destroyed my operating system, installing keyboard drivers to confuse windows on start up, and froze before i could even type my password in. So - reinstalled XP Home edition, downloaded all the drivers required for my Compaq EVO D51S from the website, installed SP3 & added Vipre Antivirus.

But I cannot run any Microsoft programs like Live Messenger, IE, Outlook... thats a minor issue though.

What bugs me more is why when I download a large file like Crysis game demo for example, and when about to install it, the computer freezes and hangs for say 5 hours... or any similar large file.

I noticed if I download the file onto a USB Flash Drive, it doesnt hang or freeze, it installs straight away.

I've been meaning to get to grips with this issue and now I'm so EFFING fed up, thought I should come on this website and ask... if you have any clue what is going on.. or what I have missed.

My Specs are...

2.4ghz Intel pentium 4.
256 MB Ati GFX Card
80 GB HD
Windows XP Home SP3


... This never used to happen before I got that virus, everything ran fine. :flowers:

Please help out, and thank you so much for viewing:

Alexei Reynolds from New Zealand. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 09:57 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

Did you do a clean install? It doesn't sound like it.

The problem with a repair install (as I see it) is that it's not guaranteed to overcome everything. A clean install provides a new, working state for XP.

Have you checkec Event Viewer for possible clues to situations calling for your attention (errors)?

How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

It might also be a good idea to run a hard drive diagnostic, particularly if Event Viewer reflects any errors relating to hard drives/disks.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/


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Posted 25 November 2008 - 09:59 AM

Did you have SP3 installed prior to your problems and susequent re-install of Win XP Home Edition?

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#4 Teck071

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 12:52 AM

Yeah I did, thing is .. I did a complete format of the hard-drive thru windows setup, so thinking... I am missing a hard-drive "driver"? cos these problems are consistant, and looked at event viewer... over like.. 400 errors.. in system..

I am pretty confused aye.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 04:07 AM

There are no drivers for a hard drive.

When you look at the Event viewer, on the right side of the page you will see the options Applications, Security, and Systems, double click on Systems. There are eight columns on this page, the three that you will want are Type, Date, Time, and Event.

The errors will appear in the Type column, they are red dots with a white X inside of them.

Warnings will appear as a yellow trinangle with an exclamation mark inside.

When you see an error, double click on it and see what the description is.

Please post the most frequently repeated errors.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 10:17 AM

But I cannot run any Microsoft programs like Live Messenger, IE, Outlook... thats a minor issue though.

This strikes me as a significant clue and I would say this is a major issue, whether you want to use these programs or not. You may be infected again?

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 05:11 PM

Have you checked Device Manager? If not, go Start...Run...and type in "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
Look for any red x's or yellow !'s.
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