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WinXP, running slow, no internet, no restore

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Well here is the story.

I have a Compag Presario 2032NX desktop PC. I know that's ancient for some of you, but what can I say. It's an Athlon 3000 running at the standard 2.2GHz, and I have 1G of RAM. Now to the issue. I went several months with no ISP at home. I was working way too many hours and could do anything I needed while at work. I finally decided to get internet service at home and went with broadband (Comcast Cable high speed). The tech showed up and installed the cable modem and some software/drivers. Right away I noticed that my PC was running slower (not just slow internet- everything). I was also getting random errors about not displaying web pages (both in IE and Firefox). I thought maybe I was just behind the curve so I ran Windows Update. I used the custom option and installed (I think) 46 or 47 update patches. The computer was still running extremely slow. I have over time installed, ran, and removed a ton of software and made some hardware changes so at the recommendation of someone else I ran a registry cleaning software. Boy was that a mistake. Now my system can't find the driver for my network card so I have no internet. The rest of the PC is even slower. I have had all kinds of issues. I even tried using the Windows Restore function and it won't work. If I try to access it using the Start Menu I get no response at all. I also tried accessing by right clicking My Computer, and then I get a message about not finding the restore volume. I guess I should point out that this system came with no disks, but instead has a partition on the hard drive where restore software is kept. Unfortunately the registry cleaner that I used was a freebie and did not have a back-up function either.

Am I completely hosed here?

I have thought about buying a system utility suite to try and help diagnose this. Are any of them worth the money? Are they going to help me at all? I have looked at Iolo System Mechanic and Norton SystemWorks but don't want to pony up the dough unless they'll actually help.

I would appreciate any help or guidance. Tips on where to start, advice on decent utilities software, etc.

Thanks in advance,

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Edited by dynrat, 02 January 2007 - 10:07 PM.

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