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[msconfig] Reverting disable programs and services?


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#1 Inhert

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 01:21 PM

You'd think that this was a perfect world, where Normal Mode really was Normal Mode, and your Restore File from that Sunday was still there when you turned around.

Basically, while messing with the wrong things in msconfig, what's happened is that while trying to figure out what was preventing a specific program from running (which apparently at this point, was either something essential or a part of my hardware), I inadvertently removed my ability to run my system effectively, as the Normal Mode Boot is a joke, with half of my services still disabled, and half of my enabled services stopped. I can't even connect to the internet or network with that unit.

To be short about it, are there any ways to simply enabled and start all of those programs manually or through a program?

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 01:31 PM

If you have the Window Startup CD you can try using the Recovery Console.

Note: You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD-ROM is the first device in the boot order to be able to boot from the Windows installation disk.

To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps:

1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the]Recovery Console.

4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

5. At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER.


6. To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

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Because there is always a chance that data may be lost you should back up your important files and applications that you don't have installation discs for to a removable media.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 02:12 PM

You'd think that this was a perfect world, where Normal Mode really was Normal Mode, and your Restore File from that Sunday was still there when you turned around.


Looks you have lost a nice illusion. :thumbsup:

To be short about it, are there any ways to simply enabled and start all of those programs manually or through a program?


What happens when you do the following:

If you go to start -> Run and type: msconfig then click ok.
Then under General tab you select Normal Startup - load all device drivers and services.
Click Apply/OK. When the window pops up select restart.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 03:06 PM

If you go to start -> Run and type: msconfig then click ok.
Then under General tab you select Normal Startup - load all device drivers and services.
Click Apply/OK. When the window pops up select restart.


That's what I actually did. It still only enables of my system services, and most of the ones that are enabled are useless, or stopped anyway.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 03:13 PM

Do you know which services are running, stopped or useless. If you open the task manager could you see at list a few svchost.exe running?
What was the reason you wanted to use msconfig? what was the original problem?




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