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My PC just "corrupted"

by Denise2196 / March 22, 2006 12:42 PM PST

I changed some start up settings, and when the pc restarted everything was wrong. Media players didnt work; printer driver just disappeared; Outlook Express was messed up; AIM couldnt log on; and the desktop toolbar changed color. Will some1 plz help me, can I still fix this somehow or I just have to reinstall the OS?
ps:System restore was all erased 2

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what have you changed?
by kwokwai -space4english / March 22, 2006 1:46 PM PST
In reply to: My PC just "corrupted"

Did you edit those setting in Msconfig?
You may set it back to "Default", and see if this can help!

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try this
by kulfi / March 22, 2006 9:37 PM PST
In reply to: what have you changed?
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how do you restore default?
by Denise2196 / March 23, 2006 8:00 AM PST
In reply to: what have you changed?

and all my hardware drivers are messed up. does that have anything to do with the setting?

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What settings?
by John.Wilkinson / March 23, 2006 8:18 AM PST
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Do you remember what settings you were playing with? (Was it MSConfig? Was it a third-party program? Was it the registry?) Anything you can tell us would help, even if it's just a vague description of the box you used to change the settings, or what you were intending on doing.

What color did the task bar change to? Does it still look 'normal' or is it deformed? (Serious question.) Also, what do you mean System Restore's was erased? Do you just mean the shortcut in the Start menu? Have you tried going start->run, typing in msconfig and clicking "Launch System Restore?" If you can get System restore to run you may be able to restore to a time before you made the changes and fix this fairly easily.

Hope this helps,
John

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it was msconfig
by Denise2196 / March 23, 2006 10:04 AM PST
In reply to: What settings?

thank you anyways

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That's good!
by John.Wilkinson / March 23, 2006 10:55 AM PST
In reply to: it was msconfig

The fact that you were modifying things in MSConfig is a very good thing, because it means you simply disabled items...you didn't delete anything, nor did you change anything that can't be easily restored. All you have to do to undo what you did is go start->run, type in msconfig and on the general tab you'll see three options..."normal startup," "diagnostic startup," and "selective startup." Select "Normal startup" and restart your computer when prompted. When it reboots, it will do so with all items enabled, like it did before you changed anything. If you want you can then give it a second go (but be more careful this time around), or leave it alone. Either way, everything should be back to normal. (Provided you didn't change anything anywhere else.)

Hope this helps and good luck.
John

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problems
by Denise2196 / March 23, 2006 10:08 AM PST
In reply to: What settings?

the toolbar changed to color white, like W95 and W98. the settings I changed was the start-up settings. I just unchecked some boxes and that was it. btw, the audio drive is not right anymore,too. o man I hope I dont have to reinstall the OS again. I have so many files.
ps: my dad uses the outlook express. where are all the mails stored in? I wanta do some backup and prepare for the worst.

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system restore
by Denise2196 / March 23, 2006 10:11 AM PST
In reply to: What settings?

o yeah also, the system restore's window opens all right, but all the previous check points were gone. thats why for a moment I thought I was just in safe mode, not messed up the whole thing.

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