You say so many things and tend to run them all togetherm, greatly complicating this process
You're also seeing some issues that are not issues--for example, the whole C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\System\CompatCtr\CompatMode.htm thing is read herring...that is completely normal
Let's put aside windows update for the moment--which is a problem and we will tackle that last.
Hijack does not have an installation; it is a standalone executable. The process you described will occur when a setup installation is within a zipped file, but would not occur when simply unzipping a file without a setup routine
The messenger service is on by default in sp1 and rtm versions of XP--Microsoft set it to disabled in [email protected]
for this exact reason...many nefarious spammers use the messenger service to spam people. The Messenger service (different then ms messenger chat programs) is used on networks to broadcast messages like "THE SERVER IS GOING DOWN"--ie, only in a large corporate network setting
Disable it until you update to sp2
start > run
scroll odwn, double click MESSENGER, hit STOP, and set the startup type ot DISABLED Also, when I start my computer, the boot portion says that the first 1024 MB are written in CODE.
I do not understand what you mean here....how is this info presented to you ?I cannot fix my MBR
Why/How do you know it's broke?
What are you using fixmbr from the recovery console? or Fdisk /mbr from a floppyI only have 193 gigs to install my operating system out of a 200 gig HDD.
This is not an issue. This is partially a result of harddisk makers and the rest of the world not using the same terminology. A mb=1024 bytes, but a hardisk maker presents a mb as 1000bytes--this results in actual harddrive size being smaller than what is sold...also, windows reserves some space on a harddrive for later use (for example, if your disk has bad clusters, windows repair will move data from these bad areas into these unused parts)If I use LIVE BOOT to boot my system, I get the Linux desktop but it's encrypted.
I do not know what you mean by LifeBoot...is this a linux boot cd of some sort...where did you get it.Windows update.
When you say you cannot visit windows update, what happens when you do?