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#1 iceblu

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 03:07 PM

Hi :thumbsup:


Some time ago I had NOD 32 installed. I tried uninstalling it in favor of EZ antivirus (Computer Associates) because they had a 1 year free trial.

NOD wouldn't uninstall so I tried deleting the registry entries and thought I succeded since I was finally able to install EZ.

But I think I definitely messed up somewhere since I am not able to install some programs... I get errors that say "Cannot be installed" for even basic programs. The older programs which I had on the machine work fine for the most part but most of the new programs i download refuse to install.

I'm not sure but I think I need to fix my registry. I know that formatting my computer would be the logical option but thats something I can't do right now. I'll have to put it off until summer since a lot of my school work depends on my computer.

Any help will be appreciated. Any program I can use to scan and fix my registry ..or something along those lines is what I'm hoping for.

Thanks a bunch. :flowers:

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 03:48 PM

You could always try a Repair install of Windows. Insert Windows CD. Reboot computer. Allow the computer to boot to Windows CD. When prompted choose "Install Windows" at the first opportunity. Then at the second opportunity choose "REPAIR" (which is hitting the R key). Then let windows do a repair install. Theoretically this will not affect your data or programs, but I suggest making full backups first anyway, as backups are never a bad idea.

Also please note: Not all versions of Windows install CDs have the option for a Repair install. Let us know if that is true in your case.

NOTE: Choosing 'R' at the first opportunity will give you the Recovery Console and this is NOT what you want. You want to choose 'R' at the second opportunity.

EDIT: I suggest following HitSquad's idea first.

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 13 March 2006 - 03:52 PM.

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 03:50 PM

Hi iceblu.
Go here and download windows installer 3.1 (v2) and save it to your drive.
Exit all running programs and run the exe. then reboot your system. See if you are now able to install and remove programs.
The old version of the windows installer that came with XP is outdated anyway and causes installation problems with newer software.

Edited by HitSquad, 13 March 2006 - 03:55 PM.


#4 iceblu

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 09:27 PM

thanks for the repiles :thumbsup:

will try HitSqauds suggestion first and see how it goes. If it still doesn't work, i'll try the repair install.

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 10:41 PM

Have you downloaded and installed SP1 and SP2?

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 10:58 PM

yep. everythings up to date..

Edited by iceblu, 13 March 2006 - 10:59 PM.





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