Repair install problems



John
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
Hi
I had previously posted a message about start up problems in Windows XP, and
was given the advice to do a repair installation of XP so my computer would
boot up properly. I followed the advice on Michaelstevenstech.com, and it has
installed windows again minus updates, but the whole system seems really
unstable. It takes an age to start up, to log off, most applications hardly
work at all now. I hope that when I have applied updates it will work better,
but am having trouble even getting Internet Explorer to work. Please advise
--
J

David Candy
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
It won't get better. Updates don't make computers better, they solve
particular and specific problems that apply to a small minority of users or
are security fixes (they prevent illness not cure it).

I'd install clean and not go online untill SP2 is installed. Then I'd be
carefull about crap being installed on my computer.

Most computer problems are caused by glutony - installing free propgrams
because they are free.


"John" <John@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:7C7C57F0-6233-4D18-B8A4-71292F799207@microsoft.com...
> Hi
> I had previously posted a message about start up problems in Windows XP,
and
> was given the advice to do a repair installation of XP so my computer
would
> boot up properly. I followed the advice on Michaelstevenstech.com, and it
has
> installed windows again minus updates, but the whole system seems really
> unstable. It takes an age to start up, to log off, most applications
hardly
> work at all now. I hope that when I have applied updates it will work
better,
> but am having trouble even getting Internet Explorer to work. Please
advise
> --
> J

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
Hi,

If the repair installation made things worse, then the problem wasn't with
the operating system but with other stuff that is installed (freeware and
such often contain unseen additions like spy and ad programs that add to
instability). Start with these:

Adaware www.lavasoft.de
Spybot www.safer-networking.org

If it doesn't help, then consider doing a fresh installation. Backup
critical data files to CD, floppy, thumb drive, etc., then format the system
and do a clean installation. Update it, then install only the applications
that you actually need. It's a long way around, but may be the easiest path
back to a stable system.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"John" <John@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:7C7C57F0-6233-4D18-B8A4-71292F799207@microsoft.com...
> Hi
> I had previously posted a message about start up problems in Windows XP,
> and
> was given the advice to do a repair installation of XP so my computer
> would
> boot up properly. I followed the advice on Michaelstevenstech.com, and it
> has
> installed windows again minus updates, but the whole system seems really
> unstable. It takes an age to start up, to log off, most applications
> hardly
> work at all now. I hope that when I have applied updates it will work
> better,
> but am having trouble even getting Internet Explorer to work. Please
> advise
> --
> J

leftred
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
"John" <John@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:7C7C57F0-6233-4D18-B8A4-71292F799207@microsoft.com...
> Hi
> I had previously posted a message about start up problems in Windows XP,
> and
> was given the advice to do a repair installation of XP so my computer
> would
> boot up properly. I followed the advice on Michaelstevenstech.com, and it
> has
> installed windows again minus updates, but the whole system seems really
> unstable. It takes an age to start up, to log off, most applications
> hardly
> work at all now. I hope that when I have applied updates it will work
> better,
> but am having trouble even getting Internet Explorer to work. Please
> advise
> --
> J

I have just been through a problem like that. It turned out to be an
intermittent fault in my RAM. Try looking for hardware problems before you
spend much more time on software problems.

John
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
Thanks for the advice - can you give me any tips about how to format the
harddrive and then clean install XP. If I make a backup of my settings and
save it on my D drive, will I still be able to access it after clean
install.? My computer has C (main drive),, D and E partitons to the hard drive

cheers
--
J


"David Candy" wrote:

> It won't get better. Updates don't make computers better, they solve
> particular and specific problems that apply to a small minority of users or
> are security fixes (they prevent illness not cure it).
>
> I'd install clean and not go online untill SP2 is installed. Then I'd be
> carefull about crap being installed on my computer.
>
> Most computer problems are caused by glutony - installing free propgrams
> because they are free.
>
>
> "John" <John@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:7C7C57F0-6233-4D18-B8A4-71292F799207@microsoft.com...
> > Hi
> > I had previously posted a message about start up problems in Windows XP,
> and
> > was given the advice to do a repair installation of XP so my computer
> would
> > boot up properly. I followed the advice on Michaelstevenstech.com, and it
> has
> > installed windows again minus updates, but the whole system seems really
> > unstable. It takes an age to start up, to log off, most applications
> hardly
> > work at all now. I hope that when I have applied updates it will work
> better,
> > but am having trouble even getting Internet Explorer to work. Please
> advise
> > --
> > J
>
>
>

Rock
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
John wrote:

> Thanks for the advice - can you give me any tips about how to format the
> harddrive and then clean install XP. If I make a backup of my settings and
> save it on my D drive, will I still be able to access it after clean
> install.? My computer has C (main drive),, D and E partitons to the hard drive
>
> cheers

Backup all your user data. Use FAST to transfer settings. Do this
before the install.
http://aumha.org/win5/a/fast.htm

Programs will need to be reinstalled from the original media.

To do a clean install see this link:
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Steve N.
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
John wrote:

> Hi
> I had previously posted a message about start up problems in Windows XP, and
> was given the advice to do a repair installation of XP so my computer would
> boot up properly. I followed the advice on Michaelstevenstech.com, and it has
> installed windows again minus updates, but the whole system seems really
> unstable. It takes an age to start up, to log off, most applications hardly
> work at all now. I hope that when I have applied updates it will work better,
> but am having trouble even getting Internet Explorer to work. Please advise

A good example of:

1. Why to keep a discussion in the original thread; no one knows from
this what your original problems were or what other information/advice
was already exchanged.

2. Why a repair install is not a fix-all, also only should be
recommended as a net to last resort for situations it can actually fix.

Steve


Repair install problems