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compatibility wizard not working

by xjmpr / August 22, 2006 11:09 PM PDT

My compatability wizard and system restore are not working ! Do I have to reinstall my windows xp home edition sp2 OS, or is there another way to repair them? I have a Dell 4500 series/640MB RAM and just recentley upgraded my video card with a GeForce 5200 AGP card.Please help if you can...Thanks

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Think this over.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 22, 2006 11:21 PM PDT

"My car doesn't work."

Armed with such detail all I can write is your car needs repair.

Details such as what happens, what error messages (or messages) you see are clues to what may fix each area. Also nice to know is the OS is up to date.

Look up XP SR.INF on which notes articles such as in which a common SR repair is noted. But while safe to do I can't know if that will help.

Any BETA software should be revealed and what pest control you are using.


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compatibility wizard
by xjmpr / August 23, 2006 7:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Think this over.

My OS is up to date. The only error message I receive is that windows cannot restore! As for the compatibility wizard, there is no error message. However, the lettering on the buttons are not there! Thanks I'll try your suggestion

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When I see that, almost always...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2006 9:33 PM PDT
In reply to: compatibility wizard

All the restore points are gone forever.

-> But what is happening that you need to restore?

That's the underlying issue that need revealing. In the meantime, look at the SR.INF method as well as disabling and enabling SR so that it gets a fresh start.


"the lettering on the buttons are not there!" in compatibilit wizard is a great clue. Please keep those coming since without them there isn't enough to offer any repair ideas.

In closing, you didn't tell what pest control (antivirus, spyware) you were using. Both the SR and other issues are common spyware damage. After use of SR.INF, and the toggle of SR try scans with EWIDO ( and HOUSECALL then eject what they find.


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compatibility wizard/more clues
by xjmpr / August 25, 2006 9:38 PM PDT

My spyware is Ad-Aware, My Antivirus is Avira Antivir personal edition{free},hope this helps.

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Answer this question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2006 10:40 PM PDT

What caused the need for System Restore?

If you can't answer my questions and tell more, then you are certainly headed to some repair counter.


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not 100% sure
by xjmpr / August 27, 2006 8:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Answer this question.

I'm not really sure anymore. I think I was trying to install an application or game. But it dose'nt seem to matter because they are both back! The only thing I've done so far is to switch the SR off and on again. I have not yet tried to use them, I'm affraid to. I did not check the comp. wizard first so I dont know if by switching the SR was responsible for that or not. I have 2 registry cleaners,Winaso and Abexo.Might have they been the cause? I did save your suggestions,just in case.Thanks for all the help.

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Yes. Some registry cleaners will trip up SR.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 28, 2006 12:06 AM PDT
In reply to: not 100% sure

System Restore (SR) has been tripped up in the past by registry cleaners, virus, pests, drivers and more. It's not a perfect tool or impervious to what we do outside of the norm.

But the question still remains why you needed to use it.

-> Turning it off and back on is a known good cure.


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also have
by xjmpr / August 28, 2006 7:34 PM PDT

I also have a couple of junk file cleaners.Trash it and Defender Pro Utilities.I also suspected those. I had CCleaner but I dumped it because it has tripped up my SR. I maybe have a tendacy to over clean my system. Is that possible? I'll keep investegating the situation. Thanks again for all your help Steve

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System Restorre and Compatibility Wizard
by Themisive / August 28, 2006 7:48 PM PDT
In reply to: also have

I know the problem, SR has always worked for me, but though I have had Compy Wizard on my machine for the whole period that I was testing it's workability.

As this period extends to the whole life of the Windows XP O/S, it is obvious that I need to have a reliable system. My Compy Wizard has never worked, and this often means that older programmes requiring Wiondows 95 or 98SE will not work.

However, often the manufactuer's website will have an XP patch on it, thus negating the need for the Compy Wizard.

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