I have a 'custom buid' computer. It has two hard drives. My last attempt landed it in a computer shop as it got SOOOOOOOOO screwed up!! First it wnet to D:. iIt went from the first screen and jumped the screen where I can choose the drive. it ended up on D;. From there, i tried to remove it, and it said 'i don't think so". i tried it again, and it went to C;. Then i could take it off D:. That was after I figured out that I did not have the drivers for the motherboard, sound card(on the motherboard), or the video cards. When I got it out of the shop, i made copies of the drivers for all 3. my problem, I think, that is I have a program called 'Registry Mechanic". it is a good program, IF I KNEW WHAT I WAS LOOKING AT!! Everything ist finds is checked as 'delete". so I would just click 'repair' , and that was that. Now i think that I deleted stuff that should have been. This machine takes aboout 5 minutes to load now, whereas before, it took only about a minute. Stuff is acting wierd, Most times I can't print stuff off the 'net' cuz I get error messages and it closes, etc. i could have a virus that my program didn't catch, too. i just know it is MESSED up. how do I do it right?? Should I click 'Remove Drive D?? I have two flash drives that I disconnect that way, so will it work with my "D" drive?? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!
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You really probably need to do a "system restore" or a "reformat" on your computer. If you choose to do either it will definitely erase all data on the computer. However when windows is reinstalled it will run much better and with less errors. This also gets rid of any viruses, registry mistakes, etc. Sometimes the only option when a computer gets too bogged down is to restore!
Some computers have system restore built in. Compaqs the computer prompts for the F10 key to be pressed at startup. Dells are Shift + F9 at startup. To see if yours has one look when it first starts up for the option. Also often you can order restore disks from the computers manufacturer, (since yours is custom you probably just need to reformat). Follow the instructions to easily restore your computer back to factory defaults.
A Reformat is a little more complicated. You must have a valid liscensed copy of windows to start with. Insert the disk into the computer and restart. Enter the BIOS (Usually F2 or Delete) and set the computer to boot to your CD Drive. Once this is done hit save and exit (usually F10). Follow the instructions to reformat the drive and reinstall windows.
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Its illegal for anyone to provide serial keys for programs that have retail values set on them its Pirating There are lots of freeware alternatives on the internet You could run the chkdsk disk utility Click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to repair any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your Hard Drive. or an easier way to run the chkdsk utility Windows 7 chkdsk http://www.w7forums.com/use-chkdsk-check-disk-t448.html Click start control panel administrative tools computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now, start should schedule this task when restart have no input while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may further damage your computers Operating System and Hard Drive http://download.cnet.com/jetclean/3000-18512_4-75627788.html JetClean tidies your registry, gets rid of junk files, deletes broken shortcuts, and attempts to give your computer that like-new feel again. Optimisers and Diagnostics. http://download.cnet.com/360amigo-system-speedup-free/3000-18512_4-75206713.html Improve your PC performance and fix errors. http://advanced-systemcare.soft32.com/ One-Click Free System tool for PC tune-up and maintenance.
You could run the chkdsk disk utility Click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to repair any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive or an easier way to run the chkdsk utility Click start control panel administrative tools computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart have no input while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may further damage your computers operating system and Hard Drive. Hope this helps.
Sounds like you have two problems going on. I would go into the bios and set the drive specs instead of leaving them on automatic to see if that stops the bios error. That can also be from a power problem or the drive is failing which would explain the windows error as well.
Hell, Sorry to hear your having problems your analysis sounds correct but lets make sure it's not something else first. Can you give me more details on the drive Brand, IDE/SCSI, model number. Do you have access to a computer with a CD burner?
Use the Windows Setup disks to restart the computer,
or use the Windows 2000 CD-ROM to restart the computer.
At the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to
repair the Windows 2000 installation.
Press C to repair the Windows 2000 installation by using
the Recovery Console.
Type the number that corresponds to the Windows
installation that you want to repair, and then press ENTER. For example, type
1, and then press ENTER.
For more information, click the following article
number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Description of the Windows Recovery Console
Type the Administrator password, and then press
Type map, and then press ENTER. Note
the drive letter that is assigned to the CD-ROM drive that contains the Windows
Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after you type
each one, where drive is the drive letter that you
typed in step 4 of "Method 2: Use the Recovery Console," of this article:
copy drive:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy drive:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ If you are prompted to overwrite the file, type
y, and then press ENTER.
NOTE: In these commands, there is a space between the ntldr and c:\, and between ntdetect.com and c:\.
Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
type c:\Boot.ini A list similar to the following list appears:
Last time this happened to me, I had to reformat and reinstall windows. I tried all those modes, and I even tried the windows repair. None of that worked, I just did a complete new install. All of the data will be lost, if you do this.
My advice, if you need some of the data on that hard drive, you need to hook the drive up to another computer and backup what you need.
Or buy another hard drive, install windows on the new drive. Now slave the old and backup the data.
You may insert the Windows XP CD and reinstall Windows XP just to be sure. Follow the instructions on your screen and format the C Drive. Make sure you install all the required drivers to make everything work.
If you are optimistic follow the following instructions: This will help you attempt to repair your system (and not via the Recovery Console). Insert the Windows XP CD and follow the instructions on your screen. Then after a certain point, you will be asked for three options -- 1. Install Windows 2. Repair via Recovery Console 3. Some other option I don't recall.
Select the first option. Then again, follow the instructions on your screen and again the computer will ask you three options. This time select the second one -- Attempt to repair the computer (Press R).
This should start the automated repair process. This has been observed to work most of the time, but in a few rare cases it doesn't work. So I suggest you try it if you have the patience. ;-)