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Some programs reverted to start-out state

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#1 Billermo


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Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:58 PM

I had something strange happen on one of my laptops couple a days ago.

I opened it up. I'm on XP. The first thing I noticed was that my Show Desktop icon in the bottom quick-launch bar was missing. Other icons were all there.

Next I opened Google Chrome, and the bookmarks bar was gone and my start pages had been replaced with the standard "new tab" page that you see when you click open a new tab (big icons for Chrome Web Store, Gmail, Youtube, Google search). I also noticed that a Skype button had been added at top right next to Settings icon.

The next thing I saw was that when opening up MS Word or Excel, I get a dialog box that says Windows is installing something or other, to insert the disk. At another point it asked in a dialog box to enter my name (first box) and initials (second box). I don't remember seeing that one before. Initials?

Skype was logged out, it's normally set to sign in automatically. My username and password were not in the sign-in box, those were blank.

Firefox seemed unaffected.

Hoping there's a simple standard explanation for this kind of strangeness.

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#2 boopme


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Posted 21 June 2012 - 11:40 AM

Hello, can you return the PC to a date prior to when this started and see how it is?

See Windows XP System Restore Guide
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