Dell Dimension 4600
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00 GHz
2.50 GB RAM (seems like an odd number?)
111 GB hard drive (less than 50% used)
Linksys Wireless G PCI adaptor
WIN XP Professional (SP1 CD)
This pc has been having some problems recently, including periods of noisy chatter that sound like the hard drive. I concluded that the drive was about to go, and just ordered a replacement, and planning on a Seagate Replica for easy backups. (too late now!)
I was still running sp1, and saw that I would need sp2 for the replica. Made backup copies of all user files on an external drive. Then I installed sp2, which seemed go OK, until the "clean up" part, which seemed to have stopped. Eventually I got an error message that sp2 had run into a problem, and terminated. I thought it had failed. Then I was asked to install a media player security upgrade, which I did, but I had not rebooted after the sp2 upgrade. When I looked, the system was still sp1. It took a few reboots for the system to behave normally, and then it told me I had sp2. Great! I was ready to install the replica when I got it.
Not smart enough to wait for my backup device and install the new drive, I thought I'd address my wife's complaint that startup was slow. With "help" from Google, I found some suggestions that I could use msconfig to remove some things from the startup. THAT was a mistake!
I wish I had seen the September 10 post about msconfig problems from killedmypc222!
"All I did" was uncheck a few items in the msconfig startup tab. They were
- AOL tray icon
- Quicken startup
- HP digital imaging
- Google toolbar notifier
Immediately there were problems. I got a warning that I was not authorized to make these changes, but I am in the administrator group. I think this lead to a series of random steps as I tried to get out of the mess, reboots with selective startup and diagnostic startup, and I am now back to normal startup, with all the items rechecked in startup and services. BUT there is nothing normal about the startup - the taskbar and windows that open are white, not their usual colors. McAfee usually does not start by itself, and I have to go into program files to connect to my wireless and the internet. Quite a few microsoft services are stopped, but I see on my laptop that this is not totally unusual. I suspect that some critical services are not running.
I did not discover System Restore until I was in trouble, and there was no earlier restore point!
I never saw the outcome for killedmypc222 What happened there?
I did see the How-to repair Windows XP item before the forum topics.
Do I have any good options other than the XP repair? That will roll me back to sp1.
Sorry this is so long, but I tried to be complete.
Looking forward to suggestions.