Posted 09 November 2009 - 04:02 PM
I'm having problems after a nasty bout with viruses -- can't access some programs, error messages, etc. I had SmitFraud, Windows Polilce and other nasties.
This trouble became apparent right after i downloaded some software for a 'WebConference' from a smallish accounting firm -- Back on 10/12/09.
Since then I've had to do the 'System Recovery' from the partition 2 or three times already.
Anyhow, i thought that i should do a 'System Restore' to a point before i had all this trouble. I was however disappointed to discover that i no longer had the restore points to go back that far. They've been deleted. I believe they were deleted because i ran out of hard drive space (which is another matter).
Furthermore i strongly suspect that running out of hard drive space was a reasons for having to do one of the 'system recoveries' from partition drive.
There is one particular tax/accounting program that i'd like to use. But i've always gotten error messages. Here is the latest error message that i get when trying to access it:
"[particular program].exe - .NET Framework Initialization Error
Please set registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\.NETFramework\InstallRoot to point to the .NET Framework install location"
After recovery i installed all critical updates through and including sp2. There were two '.net framework 1.1' updates that wouldn't install. So i reinstalled Net Framework 2.0 from microsoft. I did a full virus scan and repair with Alvira.
I did a scan with Uniblue Registry Booster -- it found about 200 problems. I did NOT use Registry booster to repair anything because i thought it might screw something up. (and after reading a bit i'm glad that i didn't use it to repair!)
So i'd like to get back to the way things used to be. But without 'system restore points' i'm not sure how best to do so.
i have an hp pavillion 503n
1.7 Ghz celeron
125 RAM (yeah, i know, i should have upgraded)
40 gig HD
Currently i have 2.8 gig free on the C drive.
I have 1.2 gig on the D drive, the partition.
I have not done a defrag in over three months.
I have yet not installed sp3 for Windows XP.
I'll take some more junk off my hard drive while i'm waiting for a response.