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Get Windows XP Working after re activation


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TeaForTwo

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I was on a computer at work the other day and after cleaning it up a bit and updating Itunes something seemed to go wrong, it started restarting as soon as a program was clicked and had to be booted into safe mode to use.

Then Windows started asking to be reactivated - which was done and the activation messages have now gone. The computer now loads up and (seem's to be) stable.

However there are a fewproblems (that might be related)

1 - It's not on the network, it's connected to the router via ethernet cable but it doesn't seem to be showing up anywhere.

2 - The USB ports don't work (Though I'm not sure if they've been tested since Window's was reactivated.)

3 - The display is different, the start menu looks like this :

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Though It used to look like this

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I think that there might be some services disabled / limited (via msconfig) though it's been a few day's since I was on the computer.

Was wondering If there was anything obvious or how I should try to sort this out? Any log's or anything I should try?

Thanks
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What did you do when you "cleaned it up a bit"? You're best bet may be to do a System Restore to before this cleanup.
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What did you do when you "cleaned it up a bit"? You're best bet may be to do a System Restore to before this cleanup.


Cleaned it up a bit was just malware bytes and CC Cleaner (Not registery) The problems seemed to start after the itunes update... I think you're right about the restore point, the last one was made in 2008 though so I wanted to get the files off it first. But the internet wasn't working and neither were the USB ports or CD Burner so I was a bit stuck on how to do that :huh:
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One way is to pull the hard drive and mount it as a slave drive in another computer to copy off any data.
Without a working network, CD burner or USB port, there is no other way I can think of.

Also, without those working I don't see how you are going to fix this.
If the CD drive works for reading then you could reinstall XP or if there is a recovery partition on the hard drive you could restore it to factory new state.
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