Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Xp Help


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 Kid_kaos

Kid_kaos

  • Members
  • 45 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:California
  • Local time:01:07 PM

Posted 23 August 2006 - 08:53 PM

As far as I know its an Windows XP Home Edition problem.

But when I start up my laptop I get a weird error message, its not in numbers or leters but squares and shapes. And it gives me an option to hit 'OK'. Hitting ok, I log in with my password.

After fully loading, I reach the desktop and all my shortcuts both on the desktop and on the start menu are missing shortcuts. And I cant load or launch any program.

I dont know if its another issue because I cant launch HiJack this. Will someoen please help me?

Ive tried launching it from the last known good configuration but no help. And tommorow I am comtemplating doing a sytem restore. But if someone can give me another way of going around it that would be great!

Or tips even.

Thanks in adavance.

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 TMacK

TMacK

  • Members
  • 4,672 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:B.C. Canada
  • Local time:01:07 PM

Posted 23 August 2006 - 09:57 PM

You should start off by updating and running an anti-virus scan as well as running a couple of anti-spyware/anti-malware utilities.There is a great list of freeware Here.
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

aaaaaaaa a~Suzie Wagner

#3 Kid_kaos

Kid_kaos
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 45 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:California
  • Local time:01:07 PM

Posted 23 August 2006 - 09:59 PM

Yea.

Problem is nothing will run. I cant even pull up the Control Panel.

And the same occurence happens in safe mode as well.

Edited by Kid_kaos, 23 August 2006 - 10:00 PM.


#4 rubiconeye

rubiconeye

  • Members
  • 156 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:08:07 PM

Posted 24 August 2006 - 12:38 PM

did you try a system restore, did it work?

#5 TMacK

TMacK

  • Members
  • 4,672 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:B.C. Canada
  • Local time:01:07 PM

Posted 24 August 2006 - 01:25 PM

As rubiconeye said,

did you try a system restore

Looks like it may be your only option. System Restore is a great tool when you need it.
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

aaaaaaaa a~Suzie Wagner

#6 ThorXP

ThorXP

  • Banned
  • 880 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:04:07 PM

Posted 24 August 2006 - 02:42 PM

Instead of a system restore which will make you lose your important data please follow these instructions:

You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or Thumb drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable and do the following:

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install = http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

If that does not work and since you have your important data backed up then you can do a clean install as a last resort

Microsoft KB - How to perform a clean boot in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;EN-US;310353

#7 Kid_kaos

Kid_kaos
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 45 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:California
  • Local time:01:07 PM

Posted 24 August 2006 - 06:45 PM

Well its on a lap top PC.

And I am not sure if you could do that...

Not to mention I am not technical savy on being able to carry out such a procedure, I think I will go with a system restore. There is no important information on the PC anyway, its made for casual leisure activites...

#8 Joshuacat

Joshuacat

    01001010 01000011


  • Members
  • 1,950 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ontario, Canada
  • Local time:04:07 PM

Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:07 PM

What type of system restore are you talking about?

The XP system restore feature will not delete any data.

Most of the brand name computers come with a CD(or they have a hidden partition) that will allow you to restore your computer back to when you first turned it on.
Is this what you are referring to?

Please see this tutorial for more info on the XP system restore - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-xp-system-restore-guide/
JC

#9 Kid_kaos

Kid_kaos
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 45 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:California
  • Local time:01:07 PM

Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:09 PM

Um, yea.

I guess so. I only know of oen system restore though...

#10 Joshuacat

Joshuacat

    01001010 01000011


  • Members
  • 1,950 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ontario, Canada
  • Local time:04:07 PM

Posted 24 August 2006 - 08:39 PM

Try this before you go back to the factory default image....It's worth a try....

1. Restart your computer, and then press F8 during the initial startup to start your computer in Safe Mode with a command prompt.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:

%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state. Pick a date before your issue.

More info here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449/en-us
JC

#11 Kid_kaos

Kid_kaos
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 45 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:California
  • Local time:01:07 PM

Posted 24 August 2006 - 10:24 PM

I tried the command.

And I got the message that it was an unknown command or error.

Is there anything else I could do? Or what if I did system restore Windows Domain Controllers Only?

Edited by Kid_kaos, 24 August 2006 - 10:34 PM.


#12 Joshuacat

Joshuacat

    01001010 01000011


  • Members
  • 1,950 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ontario, Canada
  • Local time:04:07 PM

Posted 25 August 2006 - 02:00 PM

That won't work on your computer.

Directory Service Restore Mode: This mode is valid only for Windows-based domain controllers. This mode performs a directory service repair.


You could do the repair install as ThorXP suggested above. You also mentioned that didn't mind started over again ...

I think I will go with a system restore. There is no important information on the PC anyway, its made for casual leisure activites...



Good-luck.
JC

#13 Kid_kaos

Kid_kaos
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 45 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:California
  • Local time:01:07 PM

Posted 25 August 2006 - 02:05 PM

Ill have to try a clean install.

*sighs*

I dont know how these things keep happening to me... I update my software adn security measures and do regualr virus scans, but no matter what I always seem to be plagued viruses, malware, and the like.

:thumbsup:

#14 Joshuacat

Joshuacat

    01001010 01000011


  • Members
  • 1,950 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ontario, Canada
  • Local time:04:07 PM

Posted 25 August 2006 - 02:17 PM

Here's a tutorial that may help once you are setup again.

Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet
JC

#15 rubiconeye

rubiconeye

  • Members
  • 156 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:08:07 PM

Posted 25 August 2006 - 02:50 PM

couple of things to try before doing a clean install:

open command prompt window (start, cmd)

type chkdsk /f /r (type y to let it run on reboot)

once chkdsk has done, start, cmd again, and

sfc /scannow (you'll be asked to put your xp cd in drive for files to be replaced)

good luck

Edited by rubiconeye, 25 August 2006 - 02:51 PM.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users