Tried to restore another Norton Ghost 10 image 2 weeks back and same problems.
Now, I cannot access most of my programs like my burning software, Firefox browser, even WindowsUpdate website is corrupt. I can access Control panel, but when I try to click on anything, nothing happens. Also, half of my icons aren't there, only the "Windows" icons. Even the colors are not right. The control panel window is all white, usually it's a deep blue.
Ironically, I can still boot into Windows, copy files & folders from one media to another, my CD drives all work, but I cannot burn CD's since I cannot access the programs. Small utilities like CCleaner work, also some of my security apps are corrupted.
...and all kinds of "Bad image" errors - the following <filename>.dll is not a valid Windows image....
And EVERYTIME I'm on IE and browse a page, a "bad image" error relating to McAfee site advisor comes up. Once I OK out of it, it pops up again, and again, and again - sometimes 3 times, sometimes 20 before finally going away.
I have no idea why this happened. This started out with a very small isolated error that simply appeared in 2 of my 3 user accounts but it didn't affect anything. All I did was restore an image a few days ago and now this...
Here's what I did before all my problems started:
- wanted to try a program that need MS .NET Framework 2.0 (I only had 1.1 on my system).
- removed NET 1.1 thinking that I might as well get a newer version thinking it's new features were cumulative with the previous version.
- downloaded and installed NET 2.0 and the software program I wanted to try.
So far so good....
Then, I didn't want the program, so I deleted it and left Net 2 on the comp
I later realized that Norton Ghost 10 needs Net Frame 1.1, NOT 2.
So, I uninstalled NET 2 and downloaded and Reinstalled .NET Framework 1.1 with SP1 and all security updates.
I used JV16 Powertools to remove all traces of Net 2.0 from my comp using "Registry Finder" and removing references to NET 2.0. There was 1 reference of NET 2.0 to my ATI video card which I thought was harmless so I deleted it.
Then, the error occured just after my desktop appeared. Something like, "the program requires a version of Net Framework, 2.0xxx (x's are numbers)." It gave me no other info expect an OK button. You'd push OK and no other problems were reported.
Finally, I did a Ghost Image restore as I've done many times in the past when I "screw something up" and then this all happened. Now, I'm thinking that deleting that registry key may have caused the original Net Framework 2 error but was somehow carried through the restore and crapped up my whole system.
Sorry for the very long message, I'm hoping I gave enough info.
Is it possible, that I may have had bad sectors on the HD and I restored "over" the bad sectors resulting in all kinds of data loss? The symptoms seem to be BOTH Windows related (like Regedit and Control Panel not working) and Program related ("bad image" files, specific programs not working).
BTW - reinstalling the programs does not work.
What do you experts suggest? A repair install? Will that work? Or should I do another Ghost Restore, what are the odds of 2 bad images?
Thanks everyone, I would much rather not re-format and install clean.