I have a Dell 4400 desktop that I purchased in 2002 that runs Windows XP.
The problems started when I kept being prompted to install the latest Flash Player 9 (thinking back on it it was most likely after I made some sort of Windows update). I had thought I had Flash but most websites would not operate and prompted me to install. Here is a list of what I did..
1) Downloaded Flash and tried to install - Progression bar was going and it looked like the install was working but at the end in the title bar it said "Unable to install"
2) Went to Adobe's website looking for problems and did exactly what they recommended: (1) Uninstall all versions of Flash - Flash did show up under Add/Remove Programs & (2) Go to the registry and Delete the folder called "SafeVersions" listed under Macromedia Flashplayer
3) Update explorer - I updated to IE 7
ALL of the above did not work
4) Damaged registry or incorrect permissions: I reluctantly edited the registry permssions. I opened the Advanced Security tab in the registry (forget the exact location) and noticed that there weren't any permissions at all so I added myself and another adult user. When I went to restart, nothing happened so I turned off the computer (which I'm fully regretting).
5) System hangs on the blue Windows XP screen when booting in regular mode and safe mode. Last Known Good Configuration won't work either
6) Someone suggested booting off the Windows XP cd to repair windows - System repair starts (looks like an install but I choose repair) and 10 minutes into it the system reboots and wants to start the install all over again. It is rebooting after it asks if the Language is set correctly (I hit next) and when it begins to tell you about the new web features XP has. Now it is stuck in a vicious circle of rebooting and looking for the Windows XP cd to continue w/ the install (repair).
I just checked Adobe's website again and they put a new fix up dated Dec. 27th. This probably could have helped but this was posted after I totally hosed my computer.
Obviously I'm posting this from someone else's computer. I really hope someone can offer some good advice I can take home with me.
Thanks so much!
Edited by kiminphilly, 24 January 2007 - 09:57 AM.