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Do I Need To Reformat Hard Drive ?

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#1 parrotplay


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Posted 01 September 2006 - 02:29 PM

I was trying to see what was causing a slow startup. Was in MSCONFIG in XP, doing selective startups. Somehow I lost almost everything on my system! System Restore was turned off during this as well, so I could not try to recover all my lost settings. Services all were disabled, and would not start. I messed with them until I got some of the services to start, under automatic. My computer looks similar to how it would if I was running it in Safe Mode now, but is not. I did try to restart Windows Normally, Last known good Configuration, nothing has helped. Now I was told to back up everything, to reformat my hard disc, which I have no clue as to what I need to do to do that.
Can anyone help me with recovering from my stupid screw ups? I really could use some guidance right now, and really appreciate it. I do not know if I can get into my email, but will try to do that or get back here, I stumbled online while trying to run a network diagnostic tool lol, as I have no settings or connections listed in Internet Options either, like I said...I have nothing showing, no devices show up, cannot get any computer information, says that the service to do that is not running...I just have a mess here. Thank you for any help. parrotplay :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 02:32 PM

Before you do anything else, start the computer in "Safe Mode" by tapping the F8 key as soon as the computer starts to boot and before WIndows begins.

Use the arrow keys to choose "Last Known Good Configuration".

Let us know.

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