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#1 shinji1146

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 02:54 PM

i have another computer and i just installed a new program, but it had problems installing and i uninstalled it. but then suddenly i noticed that the taskbar and start menu had been changed to the old windows style. i went to the properties to change them, but there was no option to change them back to xp style. then, i tried to use the internet, but it completely destroyed my internet connection. i have tried to use system restore, but there are no restore points available. what do i do?

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 07:26 PM

What program?
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 09:30 PM

it was a printer driver for my hp photosmart 7350

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 10:34 PM

When you say "properties", do you mean you went into the Control Panel>Display>Appearance and used the drop down menu to use Windows XP theme?

As far as the Internet connection, how do you connect to the Internet? Did you try the old "force the modem" trick (if you have broadband)? Shut down the computer, unplug the modem, go get some coffee, reboot the computer and plug the modem back in on the Windows splash screen. This forces the modem to renew its lease. You can also right click your connection icon and choose "repair connection" to flush the dns etc. There are other tricks to try, so let us know if you've done those steps, and what happened. When you say you can't get on the Internet, do you get online at all? For example, can you download mail, use an instant messaging program etc? If you are online, that is different than browser trouble (not being able to surf). Which XP is this, Home or Pro? Are your updates current? Do you have IE7 yet? The more detail you supply, the less wild goose chases we will run you on, promise! Post back when you get a chance.
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 11:10 PM

yes, thats what i mean by properties.
thanks for the tips but anyway i only have dial-up on that computer. :thumbsup:
i should of been more specific because everything internet related has been removed: browser, settings, etc.
i am using xp home, my updates are current, but i dont have ie 7. i was currently using ie 6.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 12:41 AM

Try this: use system restore picking a date and time just prior to installing the problematic program.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 01:39 AM

im sorry orange blossom, but as i said, there are no restore points that i can use at all.

UPDATE: i also just found out that all sound has been disabled, and that the computer does not recognize flash drives.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 01:50 AM

Oops. Missed that line in your original post. Sorry about that. Oh, my you are really having some serious problems here.

By any chance, does Last Good Configuration work or has that also been ruined?

Here are links to a few articles about this feature:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307852

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000626.htm

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documen..._last_good.mspx

This one provides good step-by-step directions of how to use this.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 01:58 AM

okay. ill try that. thanks!

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:10 AM

last good configuration failed. it stayed the same. :thumbsup: but thanks anyway :flowers:

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:14 AM

Try this:
Right click My Computer --> Properties, click on the Advanced tab, under the Performance heading click the Settings button
Put a check mark next to 'Let Windows choose what's best for my computer' or next to 'Adjust for best appearance'
clicking OK and Apply as required to set the changes

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:31 AM

In case that doesn't work, do you have the Windows XP installation disk? This is different from a recovery disk. Also, do you have disks for the various drivers for your computer?

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 03:45 PM

okay:

sbrown.uk: it didnt work
orange blossom: yes i do, and i was going to use that as a last resort, but no that nothing is working, i think i should use them.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 04:20 PM

Okay, I wasn't suggesting a reinstall at this point.

Try this: You will need your Windows XP installation disk just in case

Start --> Run Type in sfc /scannow Make sure there is a space between the c and the / . If prompted, insert the Windows XP installation disk. This will check for corrupted system files and attempt to fix or replace them.

Let us know if the scannow solves the problem for you.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 06:42 PM

oh. i misunderstood you
it did a complete scan but it did not come up with any problems.




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