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formaing computer every 9 months


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i have to format my computer every 9 months and sometimes less becuase MS windows XP keeps on stuffing up on me erros like fatal error explorer will now close, it happens when i clik on any program or my computer. than i have to format my computer. ive got the legal version of xp. iv'e got a asus A7v400-MX bother board 1gb of RAm and 1.6GHz CPU.

any ideas y this is hapening?
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If you install / uninstall a lot you can remove shared files

Generally, if you set a restore point before installing anything, you can undo any adverse effect

Also, if you delete files, leave them in the recycle bin until you have rebooted a few times, just to check the PC can run without them

Use add / remove to uninstall programmes
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i do unistall and reinstall stuff. is that the cause of XP stuffing up?
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If you use add / remove, you should be warned if some files are needed by another programme

Setting restore points will help
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i have tried setting resotore points. but i still have to formatt it
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What makes you decide to format

What does the PC stop doing etc
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errors pop up and the computer self restarts, and sometimes i cant even load the OS
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When you set the restore points, do you try any of those before formatting

Start the System Restore tool at a command prompt

1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up until you get options, select Safe Mode with a Command Prompt then press enter.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:

%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.

Look for the most recent system checkpoint created before the errors to restore from

For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

http://support.micro....com/kb/315222/


A description of the Safe mode boot options in Windows XP

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ok ill try that.
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Using that works when windows does not load and is as good a way as any to run system restore

You could then run this when windows does load

Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

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