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widows 2000 Pro, hung installation

by dr.gj / August 25, 2009 2:21 PM PDT

t23 Win 2K pro. (don't laugh, it is a good spare laptop)

i was trying to install a lynksys wireless PC card...the installation seemed to go ok (i.e., no error messages flashed). at the end it tells me that some file is missing and reload. when i try to reload it say the program is already loaded and when i try to remove it, it says "can't find some "un-install" file so cannot remove the program. for now i got around by loading/installing a wireless USB device to go on the net.

i was told that the only way to remove the stuck installation is to go into the registry and clean it. then i will be able to re-install.

is there a way to un-install the program without going through the registry line-by-line? thanks .

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 26, 2009 2:36 AM PDT

Before we get started, remember this is a very old OS. It predates Windows XP and carries with it all the baggage of Windows NT administration. That is, Microsoft told us to take classes, but books and more for NT and 2000. Fast forward to today and people don't want to do all that.

Since there is no system restore for this old OS you can try the usual.

Boot SAFE MODE then off to the device manager to remove that device.

And while is SAFE MODE use HIJACKTHIS to delete what entries belong to Linksys.

Sorry but if you ask me what safe mode is, this tells me you don't want Windows 2000. It's too rough on users.

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no i won't ask what is safe mode...
by dr.gj / August 26, 2009 1:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Remember.

thanks for the help...i'll try the HIJACKTHIS method.

....and i won't ask what is safe mode as i have had plenty of experience with this on this laptop and other oldies.

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by spatsy34 / September 2, 2009 12:52 AM PDT


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