Now my XP Pro SP2 will boot, reluctantly and slowly – sometimes. And then freezes anywhere from 30 sec. To 5 min. after the desktop opens.
I’m typing this in Safe Mode, and have been running in Safe Mode for over an hour now with no problems.
When I do a scan of installed updates, hotfixes, etc, neither of the recent updates shows up, and in my MS Update history, they show as “cancelled” not as “failed”.
I have read the “Repair Windows…” post in the forum, and have so far:
Done multiple System Restores
Done a Disk Cleanup, including removing old SysRestore points
Cleaned out ‘prefetch’ - twice
Run sfc /scannow
Run chkdsk /f /r
What is odd is that all of the above was done in Windows, not Safe Mode, and it let me do it. But when I open a regular program or IE6 or Firefox, it will still freeze shortly thereafter.
I’m hoping there is a way to fix this without yet another clean install…
The problem I have with a lot of the repair fixes I’ve seen, is that they require the XP OS disk, and I’ve got these darn “System Recovery” disks from HP (I’m on a Pavilion dv6000 laptop, so it’s OEM). It looks like all I can do with them is reinstall Windows, which is going to mean reinstalling all the other 3rd party software, right?
And the week or so required to reconfigure it all and reload my data.
Is all this clear (kinda)? Can you help?