4 problems 2 solve w home xp

4 problems 2 solve w home xp

Post by General Ma » Sun, 30 Jan 2005 03:05:11

On a new Dell P4 Intel 3.2Ghz 512RAM 80GB drive w 65GB free space;
Mother's Home edition XP has the following abnormalities that I would
greatly appreciate help on.

1) In normal bootup mode, disk clean function from system tools takes +10
mins to scan files to estimate how much can be cleaned. In safe mode, it
does the same thing. Both cases it does eventually work.

2) In normal bootup mode, defrag will show the dialog window, but will not
go any further to even analyze the disk. It may eventually but after 5 mins
of no results, it is turned off manually. Defrag will work in safe mode.

3) User profiles are setup as Administrator (seen & selected only during
safe mode), mother (admin privilege), and sister (restricted user). In safe
mode, only administrator profile will work even though mother profile shows
listed too. Mother is password protected and in safe mode it won't allow
entry of password, thus no access to safe mode.

4) On another XP Pro machine, a registry cleaner named RegCleaner 4.3 by
Jouni Vuorio is used to clean the registry AND used to limit the start of
programs on bootup. On mother's machine, task manager shows the process
running, but the software dialog window never shows up on the desktop to
have any control of it. I believe the Pro was using SP1, while I know
mother's is SP2. Would that make a difference? A suggestion of other
software to use would be appreciated, but of course I'm wondering why this
software is having a problem on one machine and not the other.

Some services have been altered, but not many and most were changed from
manual to automatic. Dell support was advised of slow reaction time and
only suggested to use msconfig to stop unnecessary programs from loading at
bootup. Processes down to 38 on fresh boot from 68, but still having all
above problems. It would be appreciated for any help on any of the above
Thanks so much!

4 problems 2 solve w home xp

Post by Ron Somme » Sun, 30 Jan 2005 09:34:43

rom another post
Ron Sommer

use Ad-Aware from www.lavasoft.de and SpyBot Search and Destroy
from www.safer-networking.org/ to clean up any residue. Both have
free versions for personal use.

You should also try using MSConfig to see if something is being
started each time you reboot.

How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP

Additionally, Look in the C:\Documents and Settings\All
Users\Start Menu\Programs\Start Up and C:\Documents and
Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs\Start Up folders, and in the
system registry, primarily in the
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run keys.

Additionally, manual removal instructions for the most common
varieties of scumware are available here:

PC Hell Spyware and Adware Removal Help

More information and assistance is available at these sites:

Blocking Ads, Parasites, and Hijackers with a Hosts File

The Parasite Fight


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4 problems 2 solve w home xp

Post by Kell » Sun, 30 Jan 2005 17:12:40

2. Defrag is not needed.

All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP