Posted 23 January 2006 - 04:06 AM
I don't know why you were getting different results with sfc /scannow, but I guess we can assume it didn't fix the problem.
OK - you need to do both the registry edits (since we don't know whether the problem is IE or OE) and then download/install IE6 (which brings OE with it). This has nothing to do with SP levels of XP, it's a straight installation of an application so I'm not sure what you mean about updating to sp2.
Hopefully the reinstallation of IE & OE will fix the problem. If not post back as there may be another way to tackle the problem before you look at reinstalling XP.
When did this problem start? Do you have a system restore point you can go back to before that time?
Make sure your hard drive is healthy by scheduling a chkdsk(Scandisk) at the next convenient boot.
How to find scandisk: Start>My Computer. Right click the C: drive then Properties>Tools tab, click on Check Now
. In the window that opens tick 'Automatically fix file system errors' and 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors'. When you click 'Start' Windows will say the error checker cannot run now and do you want it to run at the next boot? Click 'yes' and then reboot.
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