Posted 05 January 2009 - 10:10 PM
I have a Compaq Presario R3200, Athlon 64, 1.5g RAM, 80g HD, Windows XP Pro. Performance has been gradually diminishing for some time and I've been overlooking and ignoring the many puzzling mishaps and annoyances because they didn't seem like major problems at the time and I was always able to continue running, if less well. This past week I've had one minor crisis after another until it got to the point where I'm unable to do anything in Normal Mode. It gets as far as the Desktop and stops responding. I have to power down and power up to reboot.
For about the past month I would get an ominous error message right after boot-up. I didn't know what it meant so I clicked 'OK' and ignored it. I didn't start paying attention until just before the final catastrophe when I starting getting two such messages in succession. It began to worry me so I made note of them. I don't know which one was the first to appear:
1. "Windows cannot find C:\\Windows\is-KF1MD.exe. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click START button, and then click Search."
2. "Windows cannot find C:\\Windows\is-8QO6L.exe...., and then click Search."
After receiving both of them twice Normal Mode locked up. I tried to do a System Restore from Safe Mode. I only had seven restore points and none of them worked. Needless to say, I'm confused and looking for answers.