Posted 13 June 2006 - 12:45 PM
I run Windows XP Professional on my computer, and recently I installed Avast 4 on it to do some virus scanning and such.
After installing the afore mentioned program, my operating system ceased to be able to connect to the internet (running a DSL Modem from Yahoo). In an attempt to see if Avast 4 was the reason for this abnormality, I uninstalled it, but when I restarted my computer, it would now take several minutes to load to the profile select screen, and then several more minutes to load a profile. Once in a profile, the taskbar would not show, and I could not open programs, though I could access My Computer, Network Neighborhood (and my local network, though I couldn't share files), and My Documents.
After I saw all of this, I tried to do a system restore to bring me back to a point last week to fix the problem, only whenever I tried to use system restore, it wouldn't open too, and after a while I'd get a message that said that system restore could not protect my system, and to shut down and try again. I did this several times with no success.
Finally I resorted to re-installing windows. After doing this (the dvd-rom player would work with auto-load, allowing me to use the installation) the taskbar would show up again, but the load times for the profiles and to get to the profile select screens were still abnormally long. Also, system restore still will not work, and I still can't get a connection to the internet.
Right now I'm wondering, is there any way to make system restore work? And if not, what are the steps I should go through to reformat my hard drive and re-install windows from a clean boot?
This space will eventually have something very cool to fill it up, but not right now.