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#1 XCLR8

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 09:25 PM

My friend has just told me that he can't open ANY programs. Matter in fact all the things he opens, opens up with the notpad. Is there a way to chenge them back to the way it was? Not even his MS Paint works so he can't take a screen shots of the desktop.

Edited by XCLR8, 02 September 2005 - 09:29 PM.


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Posted 02 September 2005 - 09:40 PM

Has he tried System Restore?
It sounds to me that his file associations got changed, so that all files open with notepad.
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Posted 02 September 2005 - 09:46 PM

Yeah that was the first thing I told him to do. But EVERYTHING opens up as notepad. Even the stsyetm restore. Everything meaning, the things I told him to do. System restore, Nero, some normal programs. So you have any ideas on how to put it back to normal John? I never knew something like this can happen to a compuer. Thank god it wasn't mine. lol But seriously, any ideas on how to put it back to normal?

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:04 PM

If he can open the control panel he might be able to set off system restore through it.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:21 PM

OK He's using Windows XP. Where does he go to the system restore in the control panel? Isn't it going to open system restore anyways from going to

Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > *Click* Syetm Restore

When he did this *What I just typed at the top* he sees this.

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Luckily, he has a digital camera and took this pic. This is what happens when he opens System Restore from Start > All programs > etc. etc. Again, you think he can open System Restore form the control panel. If so, then please how. Because I do not see System Restore in the control panel from my PC. * I too have Windows XP*

Edited by XCLR8, 02 September 2005 - 10:26 PM.


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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:28 PM

Try logging on as a different user - one with administrator status though.
If it exists, the default admin account would be preferable.

Then:
Click Start, then click All Programs.

Click Accessories, and then click System Tools.

Click System Restore, and then click Restore to a previous Restore Point.


If that doesn't work:

"System Restore parameters are configurable remotely or locally by using a Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) script. A WMI script can also be used to create restore points, list them, select a restore point to restore to, and view the status of a restore operation."

Refer to the System Restore Scripting Samples| http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/p...iptsamples.mspx

Get samples from a link there.

You can perform a remote system restore using WMI scripts.

Edited by Enthusiast, 02 September 2005 - 10:47 PM.


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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:51 PM

Geeze. I'm new to this WMI script thing. What do I do. I have the file opened from the link you just gave me. Sorry for me replying too long. My computer is lengthy and I was busy at the moment. Again, what do I do from here. I have the "scriptingexamples.doc" open. What's the next step to this?

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 07:47 AM

just an idea..

go to system restore short cut .. right click.. properties..

see if you see this..

Target - %SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe

Start In - %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%

If it's not I would suggest making it so.

Unless someone with more savy says not to.

Search - rstrui

right click on the .pf (prefetch) file.. open..check select the program from a list... clear the box that says always open with... hit ok ...then "x" out of what ever opens.. it may or may not help but...

make sure to post back


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Posted 03 September 2005 - 07:58 AM

Just an observation.

Is it possible that he has some kind of virus??

I'm looking at his tray.. I see nothing that would indicate any kind of anti-virus program or firewall.. I don't think they are hidden as there is no expansion arrow.

I don't know about the rest of you out there but after I boot my tray has my firewall/anti-virus/ad-blocker and an anti-spyware icons visible.(along with some other stuff)

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 04:38 PM

Thanks I'll call him later tonight and tell him about this. klink your first post is a little confusing. Again, I am just starting to learn about technical problems with computers. But what I understand this is what I do:

1. go to system restore short cut .. right click.. properties..

see if you see this..

Target - %SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe

Start In - %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%

2. If it's not, then I change it

3. Search: rstrui

4. right click on the .pf (prefetch) file.. open..check select the program from a list... clear the box that says always open with... hit ok ...then "x" out of what ever opens

I'm going to see if this works for him. I'll keep you all posted.

Edited by XCLR8, 03 September 2005 - 04:39 PM.





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