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Started with 'Base' XP


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911pchelp

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Started my PC today and it booted with only a few of approx 100 appls. And the appls that were there, started as if they were new. For instance, OE6 had no accounts (have 5 defined). Restarted - same result. Then tried using a System Restore point (system generated) from yesterday but XP said nothing was changed ecause couldn't read data - but system loaded correctly anyway (and is now operating w/o problems).

PC is a 7 yo 1.6 Ghz DELL with 1 Gb Ram ... running XP Home SP2. 20Gb hd for C: and E: .... 120GB 2nd hd for D:, F:, G:, and H:.

Scanned for virus last week with Avg and for spyware with SpyBot and Ad-Aware. System clean. Use Ccleaner almost every night (but didn't last night ... cause of problem? Don't think so because have not run Ccleaner before and never had the problem).

Defragged C: about 3 weeks about - have 2.5Gb free on system drive (C:).

Would an old CPU battery do this? ... haven't lost time/date ever.
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Go to Control Panel > System > Advanced > setup and recovery > settings. In System Startup click Edit. Copy the .INI file that shows up and paste it to your next post.
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.ini :

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

PS: When I booted machine up this morning all was OK. Had run a disk check last night and also ran ERUNT (to backup registry) then cleaned registry using CCleaner, and finially 'cleaned' files also using CCleaner

Edited by 911pchelp, 31 August 2008 - 02:34 PM.

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Boot.INI looks OK. I thought that you may have another XP installation in your computer either on the main or on asecondary drive and that the boot default changed.

I am glad it's fixed even though I don't know what the problem was.
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Glad too - but anxious about why.

Is it a problem that will 'bite' me later? If so, maybe I can do something proactive.
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