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Me again..... :)

OK, I recently cleaned up my PC a bit, put all my images and such on DVD and deleted from the hard-drive. Everything still works fine, except I had one file which i couldn't delete. It was a DLL file in the folder of a program (CopyToDVD) i had previously uninstalled. (Apparently the dll for CopyToCD, which i never had on my pc). I kept getting the message that i couldn't delete because it's being used by another program. I checked all my processes and couldn't find anything related to the specific .dll. So I moved it to the desktop and deleted it from there (which worked).

Now I don't know if this is related, but suddenly when i open a folder, all my icons are shown as thumbnails (not as tiles as i had set them) and I also can't view my hidden or system files? When i click the option in Folder options, it appears to do something, but when i close the window nothing shows and when i open it again it's simply set back to the default settings? Help!

Edited by BlackHalo, 09 October 2007 - 10:35 AM.

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do you have a restore point that you could go back to?
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Only to a few days ago. Pretty sure the problem started before that, i just haven't noticed it until i tried viewing the hidden files....
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Well you could have a corrupted profile. Do you have another profile that you could login as?

If not then I would recommend running an xp repair. You can view our guide: http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html
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Nope, only the administrator profile. Oooookay...this leaves me with another problem. Windows XP came pre-installed on my machine, I never got the actual CD (not so much as a booklet it seems, just checked the box now).

Edited by BlackHalo, 10 October 2007 - 01:00 PM.

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well you either need to contact the manufacture and ask for the cd or you can borrow one.
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Already contacted them, found out there is a recovery CD in the package (not exactly Windows per say, but the manufacturer says it will restore my PC to the state it was in when i received it a year ago.). I'll check and see if I can do an xp repair from it though. Will get back to you.
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Ok, I've checked that CD. It's not a Windows XP CD per say. All it does when i insert it is it gives me two options: 1) to basically restore the PC to the state it was in when i bought it (hence removing EVERYTHING I've got on the PC and reinstalling the factory software) or 2) the Professional guide which then installs all the installed programs onto a different partition so that i can reinstall windows on the current one (which i think is fairly senseless.....). I'm considering just backing up the few programs i haven't done so far (such as Intervideo and small programs like that), and then just clean installing everything. Luckily i have my bigger programs (such as photoshop and Corel Painter) already backed up on disk, so that wouldn't be an issue.....
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You could always take your hard drive out and put it in another computer as a slave, then copy all the data off you want to keep, then put it back in your machine to do the rebuild.

Just a thought so you dont lose anything you needed.
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Heh, that is WAY too much effort for my liking. I don't have much on here that i can't afford losing. Only 5gb of music and all my design and university projects that are really necessities, all the other things (PSCS3, Painter, CorelDraw, InDesign, Freehand MX and Microsoft Office) are already backed up on disk, so it's not a huge loss. Can just write the music and my design projects to dvd and then it's just a case of downloading winamp and intervideo and all that again after the format+clean install. Thanks though. :)
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No problem, let us know how it goes.
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