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juliedooley

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im sort of new at this and im not all that good with computers either, so you'll have to excuse my.. noobness ><

well my laptop (ibm thinkpad t41) was working fine 2 days ago but yesterday when i tried to turn it on, it came up with a message saying that windows couldnt start because of a missing or corrupt file. i managed to get in through Access IBM and restoring the default startup settings, but it happened again this morning, so i had to go through the same process.

im seriously worried, because its not actually my laptop. on top of all that, i tried to use system restore but after choosing the restore point and stuff, then clicking next, nothing happens.

pleeeaasee help.
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Restore default start up settings again.

Check for Malware :) Good choice of programs

If that doesn't work, if everything is backed up, why not try a fresh install of XP.

Edited by R2vicious, 15 July 2008 - 07:17 PM.

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is there a way i can permanently solve the problem? if my mum uses it later and sees it, she'll butcher me. i sort of have a reputation for screwing any PCs i use :)

we currently dont have any anti-virus software installed, we're horribly capped AND we dont have the windows cd thingy. im so done fooorr.
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There is a chance, that it could be malware messing with xp files. Install any of the ones on that page and run a check :)
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ok ill try it and see what happens
im downloading the superantispyware thing right now, but its going at 8kb/sec ><
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ack! i installed the program and did a scan. it found like, 110 threats from some tracking bug. i quarantined and removed it, but when i tried to restart the same thing happened. i also forgot to mention that since i got this problem, i cant shutdown the computer normally either. i have to hold down the power button because it closes all the windows and goes back to the usual sign in screen, but then it just stays there.
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Follow this guide! I did when my xp was showing multiple errors at start up, works fine now.

http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html
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