I have a PC running WinXP Pro SP1 and several applications like Office 2002, Adobe Acrobat 6.0 etc. etc., Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger.
Recently I happened to download some security updates from Miscrosoft after which my PC became REAL REAL SLOW !!!!! I mean even if I open two or three IE6.0 windows it will clog up almost 95% of CPU and slow everything down.
I then thought maybe its some stupid spyware and hence downloaded Adaware to fix the problem (PS I already use Spybot and hat catches a few every week). The adaware program used to hang after scanning some 235675 files.
I then proceeded to download the SP2 from Microsoft but that didnt go through as for some wierd reason it couldnt identify my copy of XP as a legal one (IT IS LEGAL).
I was advised by some friends - maybe your XP is corrupted and hence try and upgrade it. So I got another licensed copy of XP Pro and whacked the CD in and decided to REPAIR the existing XP Pro. The entire setup process goes through reasonably well till the point where it is at a stage of IDENTIFYING DEVICES and says your Setup will be completed in 34 min. At this point it reboots and goes back to the initial screen where it asks me if I want to repair or install from fresh.
So I thought, if repair isnt working why not reinstall it - it then tells me that If I do so, it will delete everything in MY DOCUMENTS folder and wipe everything out. Now I have 2 HDDs installed. Master 60 GB & Slave 20 GB. So I thought, why dont we install the Fresh Win XP Pro on the Slave disk, boot-up from there and then access my files & programs from the Larger drive.
As it turns out, the XP installation proceeds fine. I am infact writing this message from the new installed XP Pro. PHEW !!!!
The problem now is that I am not able to launch ANY Programs that are installed on the C Drive (60 GB). Additionally, all my Office documents (DOC, XLS,PPT) PDF Files Outlook PST - nothing is identified. I am able to see the file but I cant open the document. I get a message saying that The required application is not installed on the drive and hence cant open the file.
DO I Have to reinstall ALL application on the D Drive again?
I am sure there is another fix here or something grossly wrong.
At this stage all I want to do is to be able to open my files with the appropriate application and get it working.
I hope this email is clear enough for you exters out there to give me some kinda solution.
Any help will be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance. Apologies for the rather looong email.