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02-07-2008 12:55 AM  10 years agoPost 21
helo_chris

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What happens when you try to run it? And did you DL the right one? They have it for several platforms. If that wont run its time to backup, format, and reinstall.

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02-07-2008 01:05 AM  10 years agoPost 22
streetluger56

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On that site it only shows me one available to install. I open it in with the icon on my desktop, select run, and another window pops up saying the program encountered an error and needs to close.... or something to that effect. it asks whether i want to send info to microsoft about the error

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02-07-2008 01:14 AM  10 years agoPost 23
helo_chris

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That is Windows, not the app. Try rebooting into safe mode and run it.

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02-07-2008 01:18 AM  10 years agoPost 24
streetluger56

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OK. Can i get online in safe mode too? Because my computer takes like 10 min to start up now

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02-07-2008 02:08 AM  10 years agoPost 25
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After reading all of these posts I think you would be better off to reformat and get rid of all of the "crap" that is obviously on the system. Sounds like you may have a lot of orphan files and bad stuff competing for system resources. While each of the suggested malware related programs will fix some part of the problem, chances are that all of them will still not get rid of all of the problems.

I thought I read in one of your posts that you have McCaffee. I personally would ditch that whole program and use one of the free AV programs like AVG free or Avant. McCaffee and Norton are well known to use large amounts of system resources and not do a real good job either.

If it was mine, I would do a full reformat including a zero fill of the hard drive to make sure that you really clean it completely before doing a reload of the OS. Get Belarc Adviser (free) and run/print it before you reformat so that you will have copies of what software is on the system and will also have the install keys. To save some time for the reload of the OS and SP2, you can slipstream XP and SP2 onto one disc and they will load together. That will save the time of having to wait on SP2 to download and install. You "can" also slipstream a lot of the critical updates to the XP slipstream although it is somewhat difficult to locate all of them before you have the OS installed. There are several slipstream websites that explain how to do it and also have lists of the updates.

Good luck whatever you choose to do. I personally agree with the one poster that reformats every year or so. I used to do mine every 6 months but have gotten away from that a bit as I have so much on mine that it takes too much time to reload and reinstall all of the stuff. Need to clean it up abit myself.

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02-07-2008 02:16 AM  10 years agoPost 26
streetluger56

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Well, i did think reloading XP would be the easiest way. 11290, I moved a few months ago (twice actually) and I cant find the Windows cd that came with my laptop. Do i have to buy another copy or is there another way around this? The laptop is a Gateway.

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02-07-2008 02:23 AM  10 years agoPost 27
helo_chris

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Call Gateway and tell them, they should be able to send you a replacement. I know Dell charges like $15 for replacement CDs.

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02-07-2008 02:42 AM  10 years agoPost 28
streetluger56

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WOW gateway customer service sucks. I just called them, and the guy said either pay 200$ for a new copy or 100$ and change for more memory. He seemed impatient, and positive that more memory would solve my problems...

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02-07-2008 04:05 AM  10 years agoPost 29
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Sounds about right. Most of them are idiots who only know how to read a script. The license serial number should be on the PC, so all you need is a copy of the OS disk which does you no good without the serial number.

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02-07-2008 12:48 PM  10 years agoPost 30
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Go here and download Security Task Manager. View the list of running processes. If you need help with them export them to a .txt file copy and paste them here. You probably have a virus loading on startup that is gobbling Virtual memory. Or a hardware issue but highly unlikely if you havent installed anything new.

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02-07-2008 01:54 PM  10 years agoPost 31
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Well, i did think reloading XP would be the easiest way. 11290, I moved a few months ago (twice actually) and I cant find the Windows cd that came with my laptop. Do i have to buy another copy or is there another way around this? The laptop is a Gateway.
Call them again. the first person who answers is cannon fodder and only good for yelling at and getting your frustrated. don't deal with them, immediately ask to speak with a supervisor.

I've had to do this before with my Toshiba. I lost the restore CD's. !5 bucks later and 3 days, I had a somewhat factory fresh install.

The best thing is to just get a copy of the disc at a store. You can probably find it for under 100. The Gateway disc will likely be loaded with all kinds of junk that you and your computer don't need anyways.

from the 10 minutes to boot remark, it sounds like rifling through your OS trying to weed out problems will be more of a headache and probably wont' help you much.

It's my opinion that a clean install is in order. You will be amazed.

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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