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Installing a copy of Windows XP

by Partsman41953 / April 16, 2011 10:52 PM PDT

I am trying to fix a friend's computer after removing the internet antivirus pro virus and have a problem where upon boot up the computer basically freezes for around 15 to 20 minutes where no programs will work. All the programs show on the desktop but upon clicking on them they will not open. I have run a number of scans and no virus is left in the system. The only thing I can think of is that somehow the registry was altered and something is not allowing the programs to start. After they do start the system runs fine.

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A repair might work ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 16, 2011 11:31 PM PDT

but leave the system in a SP1 state. Then Windows Update will take care of bringing it up to date again. Worth a try.

Did you check
(a) what (unnecessary) programs run on startup
(b) what (unnecessary) services are started automatically


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2011 2:07 AM PDT

Be sure the owner (friend) has no files they can't lose on the machine. The use of other than the original install XP CD (there are a few versions) can leave the machine worse off. Be ready for it getting worse by having no files that can't be lost on backups (note plural.)

But first if you can run anything I'd head to Blackviper's XP Services web page (see google) and check if the services are set to defaults.

Also, no make or model means I can't offer ideas about restore media.

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Repairing a computer that will not run programs on startup
by Partsman41953 / April 17, 2011 9:47 AM PDT

The computer which I am trying to repair is a Dell Demension 8110. On startup the following programs run: igfxtray, hkcmd, avgtray, and ctfmon. I am using AVG as my antivirus. There was no antivirus on the computer when I got it. The antivirus program loads at startup and so does Smart defrag from IObit. Like I said before, it takes around 15 to 20 minutes before I am able to get any programs to run by clicking on them but after they open the system runs fine.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2011 10:14 AM PDT

Enough said. Such things can do damage.

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