Jump to content

Change Mode

Near "fool proof" procedure for repairing XP Operating System.


Recommended Posts

Hi,

As the cliche poverty-stricken writer, I do not have much in the way of money...

 

So over the years I have taught myself, and designed a system for avoiding having to spend considerable money on repairs! In fact, because my computer is often on from 7am ish to late... I used to pay out £100's of each year on these! Additionally, I found 4/5 technicians were not actually that good, and you are better usually doing it yourself in any case!

 

Nevertheless with a computer that is around 8 years old, and only cost around £120 originally - I have not had to take my computer to a technician, for around 4/5 years I expect. Over the years, I have developed the following system (which as now I am getting a new comp, may become unneccessary for myself - hopefully!) in any case, each one of these steps are placed in priority order, and take a path of commencing with the least invasive - to through experience I have found most promising results:

 

Hope they help, I just thought rather than dismissing these entirely, they may just help someone!!!

 

Obviously the last resort is fully reinstalling the entire software, but I do believe the steps will not only save money, but have proven to save much time.

 

 

Steps to Troubleshoot and Resolve Comp Issues

and Avoid Full Reinstall:

From the least Invasive to larger More Comprehensive Steps.

 

1) Run Correction Programmes:

 

i) Anti – Spyware

ii) Anti – Virus

iii) Reg Fixes.

iv) Run Malware Bytes. Particularly good free programme, able to download from Hippo

 

2) Fixes problems on the whole on Re – start, if selected:

 

Start

My Computer

Properties

Tools

Check Now

Tick both boxes

Then Start

 

3) Disk Defragment.

My Computer

Properties

Tools

Check the second box here – Disk Defragment.

 

4) Run Progs fix: (Put in Window’s XP Disc!)

 

Start

Run

SFC (leave one space here)/SCANNOW (do not forget forward/slash before SCANNOW)

 

5) System Restore to an earlier date:

 

Start

All Programmes

Accessories

System Tools

System Restore - (choose a date, that is the most recent first – before the change you believe caused the problems!)

 

6) Possibly turn off system restore, and do a virus scan.

 

Beware you will lose your restore points, if you follow this course of action, but virus have been know to be caught up in this mechnism, so as a last resort - it is worth turning it off perhaps and scanning.

 

7) Windows XP – Repair:

 

Backup & save all My Documents and Word Prog’s to memory sticks.

Save any Documents on the desktop, such as maps and info.

Save AOL PFC & Favourites if necessary.

Save all Drivers on Driver Max if possible for easy reinstall.

 

See instructions but select the 2nd repair option - on placing the Windows disc in, and switching to safe F5 mode.

 

7) Full reinstall of windows XP… see instructions.

Edited by SebastianWhite
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Nice write up Sebastian, but XP has been rode hard and put away wet.

How about something for Windows7 ?

Lot of folks still using XP Joe. Leave the Windows 7 tips for the next guy... ;) -kd5-

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 months later...

Full install is always faster and guaranteed to fix the issues. I can get 7 installed and configured in about an hour for my customers...2 hours if they get data backed up.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...