My real job is at a pediatric medical facility and right now-running swine flu tests is easier than this!
I understand the frustration. Try this:
Reboot the system and at the second black post screen start tapping F8 to get to the boot menu. Scroll down to "Safe Mode"
and click Enter
This way you will be logging in as the Administrator
and not with an Account
rights. Then try what you are doing. Have you backed everything up so that it is safe?
I ask this because if it comes down to it we may have to do a repair installation and I always make sure important data is backed up just in case.
Looking over everything again I wanted to suggest something else to you. If you added a second HD that would give your daughter a data storage drive and get allot of the stuff off that main drive. This would in turn also help the speed somewhat.
There is another possible fix we could try before doing a repair installation. It's called a System File Checker
To do this you will need your XP cd. Follow these steps if you would like to try the SFC
and then to Run
("Start Search" in Vista),
Type in: sfc /scannow
(Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc)
finds any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
does not find any errors in Windows XP,
it will simply quit, without any message.
you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".
For Vista users ONLY: Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS
folder. You'll see CBS.log file.
Usually, it's pretty big file, so upload it to Flyupload
, and post download link.If you don't have Windows CD....
This applies mostly to Windows XP
, since Vista
rarely requires use of its DVD while running "sfc"
Note This method will not necessarily work as well, as when using Windows CD, because not always ALL system files are backed up on your hard drive. Also, backed up files may be corrupted as well.
and then Run
type in regedit
and click OK
Navigate to the following key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup
You will see various entries Values
on the right hand side.
The one we want is called: SourcePath
It probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM
drive, usually D
and that is why it is asking for the XP CD
All we need to do is change it to: C:
Now, double click the SourcePatch
setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive
to your root drive, usually C:
Close Registry Editor.
Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow
again! Thanks to Broni for the instructions