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I agree updating SP will help protect your system with fixes incorporated into the newer SP's.
Increasing ram will help speed the system up and allow you to open programs with no problems.
The HD space needs to be addressed as you are getting close to the point where the MFT could be corrupted with the lack of space.
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I agree updating SP will help protect your system with fixes incorporated into the newer SP's.
Increasing ram will help speed the system up and allow you to open programs with no problems.
The HD space needs to be addressed as you are getting close to the point where the MFT could be corrupted with the lack of space.


I am slowly sorting out the drive space and will probably re install xp on Nfts once I have everything backed up. As for the SP's I am on a slow connection that makes these downloads a nightmare.

I had a great couple of hours with no problems then, a blue screen of death with the message: 'Driver_IRQL_ Not_Less_Or_Equal'. Seems to be working Ok after re-boot.
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Whats wrong with the desktop?

After one of the above processes it changed to having a blue stripe on the left side and I can no longer access Windows explorer from it, only through My Computer and then it does not show the directory tree. I can vaguely recall this happening some years ago but I don’t remember how I fixed it. Here is that screen capture again:

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Edited by starrs, 08 August 2010 - 01:17 PM.

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The blue is the task bar. Left click and hold the button and drag it to the bottom where you want it.
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Itried that but no dice, it wont move.
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I tried that but no dice, it wont move.Also I now seem to have two overlapping toolbars at the bottom of my screen and I cannot drag a shortcut to the desktop.


Edited by starrs, 08 August 2010 - 03:30 PM.

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Right click on the blue area and let us know if you get any options in a new window.
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Right click on the blue area and let us know if you get any options in a new window.


No That did'nt work.
Last night I somehow lost the toolbars and start menu, in the end I created a new user logon just to get things working again.
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Try this HERE
If that does not work then try this.

1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
5. Now, Double click on the Display icon to open up the Display Properties window.
6. Windows XP will automatically default to the Themes tab allowing you to make adjustments.
7. Under the Theme: section, click the down arrow and choose the Windows Classic Theme.
8. Then click the OK button to implement your changes and close the Display Properties Window.
9. Then close the Control Panel to return back to your Windows session.
10. You will now notice that Windows XP is set to the Classic look you were familiar with.

Edited by rshaffer61, 09 August 2010 - 07:40 AM.

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I tried the first method with no luck; it just changed the colour scheme nothing else.
As I no longer have a start button I cant use the other method. I also tried going through the toolbars link in Control Panel, but when I click on it nothing happens
I am still using a new Profile to get online.
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Try the method below to check the system files. If this doesn't work we may have to do a Repair Installation to correct the issue.

Go Start and then to Run ("Start Search" in Vista),
Type in: sfc /scannow
Click OK (Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) finds any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc does not find any errors in Windows XP, it will simply quit, without any message.
In Vista 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.

Go Start 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

Edited by rshaffer61, 09 August 2010 - 11:36 AM.

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I did that with the CD but there is still no improvement in the faults.
Thanks for your patience in taking me through all this, I am learning loads.
Whats next?
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I take it you have a XP cd ? If so please do the following.


Repair Installation Instructions

· Insert your Windows XP CD in your CD-ROM and then Restart your computer.

· At the first post screen start tapping the Del key to enter System Bios
· Find the Advance Options or Boot Sequence screen.
· You will need to change the boot sequence so that the CDrom is first and the HD is second.
· Press F10 to Save and Exit and then press Enter to accept.
· The system will now reboot
· When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
· When you see the following message displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER
· To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
· At this point an option to press R to enter the Recovery Console is displayed. DO NOT SELECT THIS OPTION.

· On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
· Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected and highlighted in the box, and then press the R key to repair Windows XP.
· Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

You can also go HERE
to read a step by step tutorial with screenshots.
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If I do that will I have to reinstall all my software, or will it all still work? It seems that the easy option would be to stay with my new profile and delete the old one.
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Don't worry; Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system! When finished, you will have to download all of the updates from Microsoft Windows Update, because they are all replaced during repair.

The question then becomes "Is the new profile working, and working with no issues?"
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