This past weekend, I tried to upgrade my Win 98 SE computer to Win XP. Install went fine, everything looked beautiful and then I went to Windows Updates and get the latest patches. That's when the trouble started, but did not end.
Once I tried installing the Windows Geniune Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130) which was one it recommended, it asked to reboot to finish the install. Problem was, once it rebooted, every time it tried to load windows, it performed a scan disk because it kept telling me that there was a problem with the Registry. It kept finding files and converting them, but it never loaded windows. Each reboot would find more problems and convert and then reboot.
I tried booting in Safe mode to see if I could fix. It let me in, but once I tried rebooting the same thing started all over again.
I tried installing Windows 2000, which is what I have on my laptop.
That installed fine too. Converted over to NTFS files from FAT32. Searched for and updated to Service Pack 4 (which took hours). I think I got it working fine.... EXCEPT (and this is the real problem)
Office (except Excel) only works if I'm logged in as Administrator, and not at all if I'm logged in as anything else. It keeps trying to load Windows Installer. (It also pops up every time I try to do a search in Windows until I eventually time it out by cancelling).
So I tried reinstalling Office from CD, but it won't work. I initially got an error 1606 Could Not Access Network Location. Doing a search on the Microsoft Knowledge Base only revealed that it was related to MS Works, which was never on my computer.
So next I tried UNINSTALLING Office to just do a clean install. But I can't even do that!!!! It keeps trying to load the Windows Installer and keeps looking for a "data1.ms1" file that doesn't exist. (again, MS KB says it's a Works file, not an office file).
Sorry if this is so long, but I wanted as much detail as possible, so you can understand what I've already tried.
I've been scouring the web for fixes (like upgrading office to SR1, 2 or even 3) but each of them won't install properly.
So now it's in your capable (I hope) hands. Any suggestions? Fixes? Workarounds???