I am normally semi-computer literate, and very cautious of downloads, etc. ... but I don't know what has happened. I then tried to "fix it" myself and am afraid I've past the point of no return.
A couple of days ago I replaced the battery in the laptop. It was supposedly brand new (ordered from Amazon). Afterwards, I noticed that the volume icon did not show down in my toolbar. I tried to add it back and I was told it had not been installed. I thought it was odd, but didn't dwell on it.
The internet suddenly my screen froze. I suppose I made the fatal mistake, but I waited for quite sometime and tried to start task manager to no avail. I finally powered down the laptop. From that point on, I couldn't get past the Windows screen, it would never load to the desktop.
I tried to load from last restore point in a recovery mode -- no luck. I tried everything I could think of to get it back to the desktop. I found something on a forum about a glitch in the last Microsoft updates that were messing with XP systems ... I went into the CHDIR and did the $NtUnistall thing on the recommended updates. Still no luck.
I do not have the original disks for this laptop, as I purchased this from my former employer (who most likely purchased it used himself). But, I remembered I had my system disk from my old Dell PC. I thought at the least I could get to the desktop. I had the option to load XP again, and this is most likely where I really screwed up. I didn't create a new folder I let it over write the existing one. Then after all is said and done, I realize the disk is for XP Home and I had XP Pro. The resolution is all screwed up and twice afterwards I got a blue screen with an error (the one I wrote down was STOP: 0x000050 and then 0x000008E. I was able to download a driver for the wireless card and get online. I downloaded a few other recommended drivers on the Dell site.
I can go to all programs, etc. and find some of my old stuff but I guess I deleted XP Pro.
I've update to SP3 and to IE8. I am in the process of trying to reactivate my AviraGuard.
I assume I cannot restore back to when I had XP Pro since I don't have a Pro disk. However, it is my understanding that I had I choice the old user name when re-installing XP it would have transferred my files. I do not do this. I didn't format the drive I just chose to over ride the existing XP. I know the old user name is still on the drive as well as the files I need, but I can't get to them to run them. I can find them in the program files, but not as my user. I also renamed the computer. I can see the files so I know they are there but they don't show in add/delete programs, etc.
I typically am not very technical but have a general common sense knowledge here ... right now, I've read so much and screwed up so much that I think my brain is as fried as my laptop.
If anyone would be so kind to help me ... please tell what you would recommend I do ... step by step as I feel really dumb right now. I am afraid to do anything else. I have no idea what caused the crash to start with. Perhaps the battery ? Perhaps the windows updates ?
Bottom line is that I need to get my old programs and files from the previous user/computer name moved to the new user/comptuer name.
Can anyone help me ? Or suggest anything else I might need to do ?
Edited by boopme, 18 February 2010 - 03:10 PM.