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Posted 21 September 2007 - 01:55 PM
Posted 21 September 2007 - 06:24 PM
Create a new user account.
Control Panel > User Accounts > Create new user account.
Log out of your current account and log into the new account. Right-click on the Desktop and see if the problem persists.
If so then the OS installation is corrupted.
If not then that other account is faulty. Copy over all your important files and delete the old account.
Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:25 AM
Posted 25 September 2007 - 05:30 PM
Be sure to back up all your important files to CD. DVD. flash drive, external drive, web file storage, etc., etc.
Also make sure that you have the PC's drivers either within the XP install or burned to a CD. You don't want to get stuck without drivers - especially the networking chip driver.
You should try to use XP's Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to save all your settings, wallpaper, etc.
Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Files and Settings Transfer Wizard > Next > Old Computer
This utility isn't the most robust - it screws up often enough, but if it works - that is, both the saving and the restoration - then it will save you a lot of time. Save the backup set first to the hard drive, then burn that folder tree to a blank CD. It will have all your files that you have put int 'My Documents'.
You should also do a manual file backup, too - just in case.
Posted 25 September 2007 - 06:30 PM
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