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#1 saxdragon


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 04:40 PM



Windows XP Home SP3

Custom-built machine

Hard drive 1 - 500GB

Hard drive 2 - 300 GB

Hard drive 3 - 250 GB

4 Gig RAM



Greetings, gurus.


Last night I shut down my machine after working on a digital art piece using PainterX and Photoshop CS3.  It had been acting a little weird (hanging during bootup, needing force quit at shutdown, etc) so I ran a Quick Scan using Norton 360, and several diagnostics with IObit Advanced Care a bit earlier in the evening.  When I started the machine today, it started normally, but I was not able to use anything.  I got an error message about not having permission to use any programs on anything I tried to open, there were three icons on the desktop that I didn't put there (My Computer, IE 8, i forget the other one) and in general the machine acted as if it was the first time i'd ever logged on, wanting me to configure various services and programs. 


When I tried to go to System Restore, i wasn't allowed access to any System Tools.  All options were very limited, and menus were reduced to only a few actions, as opposed to 20 or 30.


A couple of clues:  When I ran IObit Advanced System Care, it listed a Registry Key as a threat and offered to repair it (even though I had unchecked the Registry Scan option, having heard Registry cleaners did more harm than good).  I allowed the program to repair it.  It was named "False Key" which sounded to me like something that needed repair if anything did.  After the scans and stuff i just went back to working on my art piece.


What does it sound like?  I've running a Norton antivirus scan on that drive after logging onto the second hard drive.  I had to spend a couple hours updating stuff on the drive before I could use it safely. 


Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Edited by hamluis, 05 February 2014 - 05:37 PM.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:29 PM

OP here.  I forgot to mention, my recycle bin has disappeared.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:12 PM

This is a classic example what may happen when you play with Windows registry using tools like Advanced System Care.


Registry cleaners/optimizers are not recommended for several reasons:

  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes.  If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.




Download Windows Repair (All in One) from this site

Install the program then run it.

NOTE 1. In Windows Vista, 7 and 8 right click on the program, click "Run As Administrator".
NOTE 2. Disable your antivirus program before running Windows Repair.

Go to Step 2 and click on Check button next to 1. See If Check Disk Is Needed.
If the tool that the Check Disk is needed click on Do It button next to 2. Check Disk.
In that case make sure you restart computer.


Once the above is done go to Step 3 and allow it to run System File Check by clicking on Do It button:


Go to Step 4 and under "System Restore" click on Create button:


Go to Start Repairs tab and click Start button.

Leave all checkmarks as they're.
NOTE for Windows 8 users. Reset Registry Permissions is NOT checked by design.

Click on Start button.


Post Windows Repair log which is located in the following folder:
64-bit systems - C:\Program Files (x86)\Tweaking.com\Windows Repair (All in One)\Logs
32-bit systems - C:\Program Files\Tweaking.com\Windows Repair (All in One)\Logs

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