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But think you have now found out what was wrong....
The trouble with reinstalling xp is that, I think, there is a maximum
number of times you can do this. Not quite sure what happens when you
exceed the number, 3 I think:-(
In message <41DD51E2.90503@...
>, Ed Brown
>hsavage, Rosemary, Barrry,
>Thanks for your input. The ram should be sufficient as it is 512mb. The
>computer is almost new and the speed is 2.6 ghz. The registry! Aye,the
>registry is where I think the problem lays. But poking around in the
>registry is not for everyone. I have tried several programs, free and
>expensive, that are supposed to deal with this--HOWEVER, when I have
>run them , they come up with many registry problems but then warn me
>some things that it has found and listed as problems, may not be
>problems and are needed by the computer therefore I should only remove
>those (Notice_ I _should remove them not the program and if I could do
>that I would not needed the program in the first place) that I am
>absolutely certain will not cause problems. Aye! There lies the rub. I
>have no idea which is what or what is which so to speak That is the
>reason I brought the app in the first place, to tell me what I need to
>remove, repair or replace and how to do those things. The registry
>repair programs or apps that I have bought end up being worthless.
>I have found some files missing that I have replaced and that helped
>some things like some programs that were not working now work, but as
>yet have not improved or increased the speed . I think this problem has
>occurred mainly and foremost because I removed a large number of
>ad-spy-ware, trojans and viruses over time. It seems that some of these
>may have taken part of the things I need with them as well as corrupted
>I believe that the best thing to do is simply to back up all my good
>data and programs that I wish to keep and format the hard drive and
>start over. Over all the years I have been computering and that is not
>that many, since '94, I have heard over and over that the hard drive
>should be formated annually. It seems that there is a great deal of
>truth in this. That never is any fun, and now since Microsoft as gotten
>so picky about reloading XP I am not sure how to handle this. Any ideas?
>Thanks again for your input,
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