I need to get these popups "windows installer" which I believed is associated with windows installer from popping up repeatedly as well as all the other problems that are happening as of recently. When the pop up appears I recognize the install shield logo in the system tray.
I am running Windows XP Home Edition version 2002 Service pack three on an old Dell Inspirion Laptop. For at least 5 months I've been battling it out with this crazy window's installer popup. I am not trying to install anything. The popup shows up randomly and sometimes even has multiple windows that show up and blink repeatedly and then disappear. 'Randomly' being the key word here since nothing in particular that I do prompts them to display. I go to processes to stop the process but this is simply a temporary solution. I've tried to tackle the issue by monitoring processes (using Process Hacker) as well stopping start up processes by researching each process in the startup to see if it's important process or not. There is much information on the web about all the processes (some people saying certain processes are necessary, and some are not) I really don't know these processes so I can't be sure if I caused more problems by terminating some of these processes. I do know now after messing around with the processes, that I am not able to open programs by utilizing left click of mouse.
Here are the issues that I am currently having.
Windows Installer pop ups repeatedly.
I cannot open programs by left clicking on them. Programs are unresponsive. I have to right click and select open on the programs that will open.
As of recently I cannot run msconfig and all other functions whether it's from the "run" option or from the direct root itself.
I cannot open downloaded files that are sitting on my browser's download page. (google chrome)
As of recently the laptop has been running hard and the fan kicks on constantly
I recently purchased a new external hard drive which at times keeps getting disconnected from my laptop. I recently moved all my music, photos and word doc. files to the hard drive freeing up space on the laptop's hard drive.
I downloaded AVAST virus detector, which has replaced my previous virus protection Mcafee.
Any tips to resolve my laptops issues is very greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Edited by hamluis, 17 August 2012 - 07:09 AM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected - Hamlluis.