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  1. Full article: http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/01/14/...xp-drive_1.html Direct link to petition. The "Save Windows XP" page: http://weblog.infoworld.com/save-xp/
  2. Are you sure? It was explorer.exe, not iexplorer.exe. By the way... I took a look at my own IE, followed your steps. There is no reset option.
  3. I think it's a bit early to talk about reinstalling. Does it only say SERVER? I wonder if it's a system service that can be deactivated. If you install WinPatrol, you can view all services and disable them you don't need. WinPatrol has many tools. It also offers information about most services, programs etc. Based on the information and advice from WinPatrol, you can decide what to do.
  4. Problem: Ashampoo software cannot be uninstalled. Solution: Get Ashampoo Uninstaller Suite.
  5. Have you tried to shut down from safe mode? If the problem is present from safe mode, then alot can be ruled out. If you had not already trimmed the auto startup, then I assume you haven't got WinPatrol. Some of the best allround tools for security and system configuration. Check it out, the basic version is free. http://www.winpatrol.com
  6. Some advice that Win Update is not the best place to download drivers. The best place is the manufacturer's website.Your pc is not a brand-named one, but doesn't the manufacturer of each part offer drivers? I don't know if "rolling back" a driver actually deletes the new driver, but at least the pc stops using that driver. You don't have to locate and delete it by hand.
  7. I'm referring to all your flags in the test. In particular the "Update outdated device drivers" yellow flag. I'm not saying that anything there has anything to do with the shutdown problem, but the flags should get some attention. I think the test is explaining most of this, and if you need help with your test result, you can post a new thread in this forum: Your PC Pitstop Test Results To avoid confusion, I think it's best to discuss only things that are related to your shutdown problem in this thread.
  8. Yes that's a good idea. And I see you've got a few other issues to sort out too.. Here's what I just found on the reboot issue, take a look if you want: http://www.theeldergeek.com/shutdown_issues_in_xp.htm
  9. Please follow the yellow "TechExpress help" link (top of page), if you are not familiar with sharing your test results. This won't solve the source to the problem, but might prevent the reboot: Open the properties to "My Computer". > Advanced tab > Startup & Restore button. Uncheck the automatic reboot feature in case of system errors.
  10. Laptop or desktop? What's happening if you use the power button to shut down?
  11. What else function is it on the Y key? Could it be that special characters is on? Try and see if something similar happens on some of the other keys.
  12. Congrats with the baby Kylie! My guess could have been worse, I guessed/voted: Girl Arwen May Born the 14'th At least I got the gender right.
  13. Brandon is not a staff member, so he should not have that access. I don't know what web sites he have, but why should I visit them? I don't even know about them. I'm for the most part visiting "boring" web sites, so I believe I am at low risk. And viruses, how can Windows (updated or not) resist them? That's why I have antivirus and firewall! Have you ever heard about a virus that was stopped by the Windows OS?
  14. 10 points to Lou. Traceable for who? People that receive email from me, and webmasters can see my I.P, but that hacker in South Korea or California or Russia that doesn't know me, will he ever look for me? They can ping and scan a range of IP's and ports, but they are not getting any response. (Other than from their own ISP when someone report them.)
  15. Yes, the Java said it needed SP2. But I found it worked well under SP1. Thank you, if I can shut off all of that bleep, then I'll consider SP2 again. I have already 200 patches installed, I guess 85 more is like nothing. Thanks for the link.
  16. What?! Are you shy? In what ways can I get a virus?1. Email. Very unlikely because I hardly get any mail, and I know what to do with attachments if I didn't expect one. Same for chat programs. 2. Attack. Not too likely because of stealth and dynamic IP. 3. Browsing an infected web page. I see this as the biggest risk. But I don't use IE and I don't use ActiveX in my browser. What can protect me from these 3 risks? It is the third party security software. If I stop using the security softwares and start to use IE again, then of course I'll get some infection in no time.
  17. Settings here and there. I changed a lot in IE (but I quit using IE later). And I have disabled a bunch of services. I don't remember everything I did.
  18. But you would have to make it slip through my always updated antivirus, and you would also need to find me.
  19. Yep, here's at least one SP1 user left out here, we are not extinct. For a long time I've had this SP2 CD that Microsoft sent me. I've not installed it. Why? 1.) I don't like the SP2 layout. I hate the security panel and the icon it puts in the sys tray. 2.) I have manually fixed some of the security holes that SP2 fixes. (And maybe some that SP2 does not fix.) 3.) I rely on many third party security programs. My belief is that MS will never make XP safe anyway. I trust the third party software only. I just was at Win Update and looked, for the second or third time th
  20. You may not need Framework at all. Or maybe you do. You can go to the WinUpdate settings (on the website, not your pc) and make it ignore things you don't need. Then it'll no longer offer it for downloading. The newer Framework programs are not compatilble with earlier versions. Because of this you may need more than one version of Framework. Don't replace 1.1 with newer versions if you are using 1.1. Frankly I don't know. If you want this software, WinUpdate should do it's job. And if a patch won't install, try again later. WinUpdate sucks.
  21. I guess this isn't really important, but it confuses me. In post #1 mramd asks for help on behalf of his girlfriend. In the end of post #8 the girlfriend states that her boyfriend (mramd) fixed the problem in 5 minutes. Perhaps I didn't read it right.. anyway I don't get it.
  22. Hotmail and MSN are notorious when it comes to tracking cookies. It's coming with the ads. I use Spybot Search & Destroy, apart from scanning the computer it offers real time immunization against much of the crap out there, including many tracking cookies. For personal use it is free, I'm not sure about corporations. http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html Spybot can work in silent mode or it can pop up and notify you when it block something. I find that Spybot is blocking stuff all the time on Hotmail and the MSN site. Tracking cookies can not harm your pc, but they
  23. After the login problem started, this was the first I looked at. Now I've found out a little more: If I accept ALL cookies, the automated login works. If I accept cookies from only the website I am visiting, the automated login does not work. Why is it necessary to accept all cookies, also third party ones? Until yesterday, auto login worked fine if I accepted cookies only from the site I am visiting. Now this has changed and I don't understand why.
  24. I did a mistake in my first post. I meant the oposite of what I said. See edit.
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