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System restore stopped working

1. disk check shows 0 KB in bad sectors 2. pc is slow 3.small to large errors are showing up in windows xp (once it could not find any log on account )

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  • Brian Ebeling May 11, 2010

    restore stopped working? if it is the case of you know you had it running before and now system restore is shut off, you may have a virus situation.

    gimmie a little info--

    what antivirus software are you running?
    is it up to date?
    has it expired?

    dont worry, i'll help you just let me know and we'll go to the next step.


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Could be a virus. Could be a hard drive going bad. I would back ASAP!

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My pc was very slowly running


Your machine is old, there's not much you can do. Remove any programs you don't use, stop programs from starting-up with the OS, and increase your RAM: http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

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How to speed up your computer's performance?


Information: There are some few guidelines that you can follow to maintain your computer and keep it running smoothly.

Free Up Disk Space
By freeing disk space, you can improve the performance of your computer. The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk. The utility identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.
Use Disk Cleanup to:

• Remove temporary Internet files.
• Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).
• Empty the Recycle Bin.
• Remove Windows temporary files.
• Remove optional Windows components that you don't use.
• Remove installed programs that you no longer use.
Tip: Typically, temporary Internet files take the most amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later.
To use Disk Cleanup

1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.
Disk Cleanup calculates the amount of space you will be able to free.
2. In the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.
Choose the files that you want to delete.
3. Clear the check boxes for files that you don't want to delete, and then click OK.
4. When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.
After a few minutes, the process completes and the Disk Cleanup dialog box closes, leaving your computer cleaner and performing better.
Speed Up Access to Data
Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. The response time can be significantly longer.
Disk Defragmenter is a Windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your files stored neatly end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk speeds up.
Run Disk Defragmenter
In addition to running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals, optimally monthly, certain events warrant running the utility outside of the monthly rule of thumb.
You should run Disk Defragmenter under the following circumstances:
• You add a large number of files.
• Your free disk space nears 15 percent.
• You install new programs or a new version of Windows.

To use Disk Defragmenter:
1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
Click Analyze to start the Disk Defragmenter.
2. In the Disk Defragmenter dialog box, click the drives that you want to defragment, and then click the Analyze button.
After the disk is analyzed, a dialog box appears, letting you know whether you should defragment the analyzed drives.
Tip: You should analyze a volume before defragmenting it to get an estimate of how long the defragmentation process will take.
3. To defragment the selected drive or drives, click the Defragment button.
After the defragmentation is complete, Disk Defragmenter displays the results.
4. To display detailed information about the defragmented disk or partition, click View Report.
5. To close the View Report dialog box, click Close.
6. To close the Disk Defragmenter utility, click the Close button on the title bar of the window.
Detect and Repair Disk Errors
In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.
As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.
If you use your computer daily, you should try to run this utility weekly to help prevent data loss.
To run the Error Checking utility:
Important: Be sure to close all files before running the Error-Checking utility.
1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
2. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
3. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
4. Click the Check Now button.
5. In the Check Disk dialog box, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
In most circumstances, select Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
6. If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.
Tip: Only select the Automatically fix file system errors check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.

on Jul 05, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How to use the disk error checking utility...


As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.If you use your computer daily, you should run this utility once a week to help prevent data loss.

  1. Close all open files.
  2. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  3. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
  4. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
  5. Click the Check Now button.
  6. In the Check Disk dialog box (called Error-checking in Windows 7), select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
  • If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.
  • Tip: Only select the "Automatically fix file system errors" check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.

    on Jun 10, 2010 | PC Desktops

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    My pc is very slow


    -Can you provide more information about your issue?
    -Are you using Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows Seven?

    When you say slow, is it slow when you are on the internet or slow when accessing or the computer or generally slow like everything is running slow?

    Mar 25, 2011 | PC Desktops

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    Dear sir i have acer aspire m5640 desktop pc i want to load windows xp on it but its showing blue screen i from sata driver allso from floppy drive but it shows txtsetup file missing please give me the...


    if u dont have orignal opreating systeam on u r pc then u can install xp u said u have sata hdd
    1) check u r orignal set up is working properly for harddisk working . if it's not working check it by Herenboot it's third party sofware which boost up u r systeam for checking .
    2)some time blue screen errors comes cuse CD is not good which u r using or , harddisk having bad sector or RAM problem while installing xp
    3) try on of this option

    Dec 05, 2010 | Acer Aspire m5640 PC Desktop

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    Boot problems and their possible causes & resolutions


    Symptoms:
    Black screen
    "Invalid Partition Table"
    "Error loading operating system"
    "Missing operating system"


    Cause:
    Corrupt Master Boot Record (MBR)

    Resolution:
    Boot into Recovery Console and run "fixmbr" to repair the MBR

    --

    Symptoms:
    "A disk read error occurred"
    "NTLDR is missing"
    "NTLDR is compressed"


    Cause:
    Corrupt boot sector

    Resolution:
    Boot into Recovery Console and run "fixboot" to repair the boot sector

    --

    Symptoms:
    "BOOT.INI is missing or corrupt"
    "Boot device inaccessible"
    "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll"


    Cause:
    BOOT.INI missing, corrupt or out of date as a partition has been inserted

    Resolution:
    Boot into Recovery Console and run "bootcfg /rebuild" to repair the BOOT.INI

    --

    Symptoms:
    "Windows could not start not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"


    Cause:
    Corrupt/missing system hive

    Resolution:
    1. Boot into Recovery Console and run "chkdsk C: /f" to check the system disk for errors and fix them, then reboot.
    2. If the error continues and System Restore is enabled, copy the system hive from the last restore point into \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG
    3. If the error continues, copy the system hive from \WINDOWS\REPAIR into \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG
    4. If the error continues, perform a repair installation by booting from the Windows installation media


    --

    Symptoms:
    "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
    Could not read from the selected boot disk, Check boot path and disk hardware."


    Cause:
    Boot volume (with Windows folder) is not accessible as defined in BOOT.INI

    Resolution:
    Check the boot volume is accessible

    --

    Symptoms:
    Dual-boot 32-bit Windows and 64-bit Windows system reports "NTOSKRNL.EXE is corrupt" trying to boot into 64-bit Windows

    Cause:
    System volume contains an older boot loader than the boot volume requires - e.g. XP SP2 installed after XP x64

    Resolution:
    Copy NTDETECT.COM and NTLDR from XP x64 installation media to the root of the system volume

    on May 03, 2010 | PC Desktops

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    5 ways to speed up your computer


    By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer and keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows 7, Vista, and XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to more efficiently maintain your computer and safeguard your privacy when you're online.

    1. Free up disk spaceThe Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.
    Use Disk Cleanup to:
    • Remove temporary Internet files.
    • Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).
    • Empty the Recycle Bin.
    • Remove Windows temporary files such as error reports.
    • Remove optional Windows components that you don't use.
    • Remove installed programs that you no longer use.
    • Remove unused restore points and shadow copies from System Restore.
    Tip: Typically, temporary Internet files take the most amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later.


    2. Speed up access to dataDisk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. The response time can be significantly longer.
    Disk Defragmenter is a Windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your files stored neatly end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk speeds up.
    When to run Disk Defragmenter
    In addition to running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals—monthly is optimal—there are other times you should run it too, such as when:
    • You add a large number of files.
    • Your free disk space totals 15 percent or less.
    • You install new programs or a new version of Windows.

    3. Detect and repair disk errorsIn addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.
    As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.
    If you use your computer daily, you should run this utility once a week to help prevent data loss.
    Run the Error Checking utility:
    1. Close all open files.
    2. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
    3. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
    4. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
    5. Click the Check Now button.
    6. In the Check Disk dialog box (called Error-checking in Windows 7), select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start
    7. If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.
    Tip: Only select the "Automatically fix file system errors" check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.


    4. Protect your computer against spywareSpyware collects personal information without letting you know and without asking for permission. From the Web sites you visit to usernames and passwords, spyware can put you and your confidential information at risk. In addition to privacy concerns, spyware can hamper your computer's performance. To combat spyware, you might want to consider using Microsoft Windows Defender, which is included in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, and is available as a free download for Microsoft XP SP2. Alternatively, there are other free anti-spyware software programs available.

    5. Learn all about ReadyBoostIf you're using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you can use ReadyBoost to speed up your system. A new concept in adding memory to a system, it allows you to use non-volatile flash memory—like a USB flash drive or a memory card—to improve performance without having to add additional memory.



    on Jan 01, 2010 | PC Desktops

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    Very slow at start up and shuts down at will.


    hi, ( O.S - win XP / windows 7)
    u need check the system virus/spy virus/Had disk bad sector. 1. After system ON press F8 key 3. Select the safe mode with command prompt 3. Type : chkdsk and enter it will check the bad sector,lost clusters,cross -linked files and lost clusters, directory errors. 4.If u found any Bad sector - u need format with Low level format Hard Disk / if not any bad sector (a) Run with Anti Virus with latest updates.
    Rgd, Manju

    Feb 10, 2010 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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    Boot problem


    Hard disk may be defective, it working intermittently. You can try by replacing a new hard disk.

    May 20, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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    OPS - windows Vista Business. Not able start windows Vista: 1. system restore - failed, error code 0x490 2. system files integrity - failed, error code 0x2 3. system volume on disk is corrupt.


    You basically are having BSOD = Blue screens of death of the boot manager and causes your computer to crash and not log into the OS, I would recommend you do a DFT , Drive Fitness Test on the computer, you can download it from google and burn it to a cd and boot off of it and test your Hard Drive. Most likely you have a bad hard drive or bad sectors and these damaged sectors could have been system files that vista needs to boot into and since it can no longer access / find them you wont be able to log on. If you replace the Hard Drive and reinstall using your system Disks/ restore cd's you should be golden and up and running. If you dont have the disks you can call the computer manufacturer and they should be able to supply you a copy for a small charge. Hope my answer gets you closer to a solution. Please Help rate me if I helped you out or not I am new but a very good tech.

    Aug 11, 2008 | PC Desktops

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