XP Home Problem

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  1. 2DR Vette

    2DR Vette We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.

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    Helping out a friend of the family whose machine is full of spyware, adware and virii. :hsugh:

    I deleted the c:\user file (yes, I may be one of the stupidest people around :o ) and now it comes up with a black background. No start button, toolbar, taskbar, desktop- nothing.

    I can get shit to run by going into the task manager and using File -> Run... but that's about it.

    How do I get this shit back up and running? I've backed up the data files already, so I can reinstall XP if necessary (though getting a disc may be somewhat problematic- the machine didn't include it and it came preloaded).

    Any help is GREATLY appreciated..... :hs:
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    what brand machine is it? It almost certainly has a restore CD if it's legit.
     
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    hayWIR3D ** 40 days, 40 nights cumming to an OT near you **

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    I can help. PM sent.
     
  4. 2DR Vette

    2DR Vette We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.

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    hp pavilion 521n.

    Evidently, sometime during startup it prompts you to make a restore DVD which will contain the XP DVD. They did make this process bypassable though :)wtf: ) and I doubt that the guy who set this one up burned it off.


    Or so I was told by hp support. :dunno:
     
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    if he has a legit cd-key, then I can give you an XP Home OEM CD for cost of shipping... This is without key, and is only for people that have legit keys of their own and have lost a cd. pm me if you want one.
     
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    2DR Vette We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.

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    :cool:

    Will do that. Hopefully I can find the key in his documentation. :hs:
     
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    hp's that came with legit keys have them on a sticker, physically attached to the case (either a side panel, top panel, or rear panel)
     
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    Format/reinstall. Or use XP's repair console by hitting "r" at the boot-up. You dont need the cd-key for that. Try moving all the files to a second partition if possible.
     
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    2DR Vette We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.

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    I'll do that. I think I got all of the data files off of the drive, so if it gets wiped, I think we're ok.
     
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    2DR Vette We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.

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    I think a re-install may be in order- it's so infested with shit, I'm not sure a repair will work. :o
     
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    repairs never run as well as fresh installs.
     
  12. SkyLeach

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    Just my opinion, but XP Home is the problem ;)

    Seriously though, Clean97GTI's suggestions should do the trick. You can also just use a decent undelete program to undelete the files.

    Er... also if you have a backup then you can use selective restore to restore just that folder.
     
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    :roflw: I just love Windows support advice.
     
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    ...OR you could copy the default user and all users profiles from a good machine and put it back in C:\Documents and Settings.

    To get explorer so you can copy the files, run "explorer" from the task manager new task button.
     

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