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XP desktop blinks ...folder vanishes ...and +

Hi, recently installed a few software and removed other ...small things such as browsers and anti virus. At some point my desktop (XP-Pro) started to vanish...periodically blinks (around 1x per minute) and the cursor is lost from previous function (as typing this message). Any open folder closes and another thing ...the option to visualize the "Show Hidden files" does not work ...
I re-installed the graphic card and respective drivers but did not fix the problem.

I open the event viewer and check the periodically events and here they are:
System: The IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service service was successfully sent a start control.

anyone could help how to fix this?
Thanks in advance

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In reply to: XP desktop blinks ...folder vanishes ...and +

"installed a few software and removed other ...small things such as browsers and anti virus"

That sounds a bit dramatic to me.

What did you uninstall? Which browsers? if you tried to uninstall Internet Explorer that might explain some of your problems as it is closely integrated into the operating system, and things like Explorer, (the Desktop), can be affected.

Why remove the anti-virus. Which anti-virus? Do you have any other anti-virus installed?

What software did you install?

Have you tried System Restore to return your system to a date before these problems began?


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one of the browsers was Chrome, and the other was Opera. I removed trial of Norton AV and installed BitDefender.
I also installed Adobe pro ....also Windows Media Diagnostic tool....all this was also done in another machine without any problems.

Internet explorer was not touched...
the restore point is a few months away and lots of new software was installed after ...such as Mathematica and Corel that I cannot get again so soon.

I wonder if there exists any tool that can look to an installation OS and check what is missing?!!

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SFC, or the System File Checker. You will need the XP CD handy in case it is asked for.

Here's an article on that;

You say that you have made similar comprehensive changes on other machines with no effect, but sometimes some systems are less robust than others. That's why I would always make System Restore points before such major changes, and in this case with a number of uninstalls and installations, I would have created a System Restore point before each change, and rebooted after each change, to ensure the system is still stable and working after each.

Those multiple SR points can always be reduced to just the latest one once everything is settled down.

If the SFC does not work, you may be looking at a repair install


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Thanks ..the sfc did not produced any output ...
but now is fine ..although I did not restarted the pc since then ...

anyway ...thanks a lot guys.
Here is a suggestion. Windows should have a monitor tool so that users could activate it to monitor important changes such as software installation that may conflict/damage the Win/sys libraries. ...not just after harm is done.
and yes...I'll be doing more SR points ...

Thanks again ...if after reboot the problem persists I shall be back...:)

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The blinking is gone after rebooting....but the other minor problem did not disappeared ...when I go to folder options and try to set the "show hidden files" ....I set to on and then OK.
but the option is ignored and immediately set to "Do not show hidden files"

This can be overcome by using "Total Commander" but nevertheless is a symptom that something is not well in this XP installation.
Please advise ...and thanks again

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