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Cannot open any files on my computer

I tried upgrading my video card Nvidia but once i installed the new driver cd it apparently got caught up in my popblocker and caused my exec file to fail. Now none of my files open.I reied reloading windows xp, but still nothing. I don't have the original resource cd to reinstall to factory settings and drivers. is there anything I can do??

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  • freebee_ex Jun 06, 2008

    my pc..is acting weird....once you open the computer...in the very few secons its ok...but then you cannot open any window ...none of the icons..cannot be accessed,the keyboard not respoding...but if you..by chance open internet explorer actualy it runs..but nothing else....even the desk..programs...when accesed...open for 2 seconds and flicker then, dissapear...whats wrong??i have not much ideeas about pcs..thank you

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Use a boot cd to start (reccomend hirens) then once u have the desktop try to update the driver.

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