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I have Acer notebook (aspire 1356LCi) with AMD Athlon XP-M 2800+, 512
MB DDR RAM and 60 GB 7200rpm UATA hard drive. Operating system is
originally Windows XP Home edition with SP1.

There has been no problems with SP1 but when I installed SP2 (final
release) a couple a weeks ago computer started to boot quite a bit
slower than with SP1. I traced the issue with Bootvis (the latest
version) and it shows that Shell starts remarkably slower than it did
with SP1.

Shell Starting times:

SP1 Shell: 0.79 sec

SP2 Shell: 12.47 sec

You can see detailed information about Boot Activity and Driver Delay:

My both installations are very much alike (only difference between SP1
and SP2 measured here is that I have disabled the internal modem in
SP2 installation but that does not affect upon the shell problem).

I have defragged system partition many times and also used bootvis to
optimize it. No help.

I have made a new User Profile and that helped awhile but after a few
reboots the situation is still the same.

Is there still something I could try?

I have Image files (both SP1 and SP2) therefore I can restore which
one I like whenever I like.

I have also installed SP2 to my desktop (with XP Pro) and there has
not been any problems. Booting time is also as quick as it was with

Thanks in advance for any help,

Markku Virtanen

I am having the same problem, you might go to the
motherboard company and get the latest bios that might
help, you'll need to do a bios flash. Older motherboards
don't have the capability to see beyond the 130s.


-----Original Message-----
Hello everyone,

I use Win XP Pro, Win 98 SE, Win ME, and Win95C all on
one machine. I use
the program called bootmagic from powerquest (I believe
symantec owns
powerquest now) to enable me to boot to either one of
the OS's (operating
systems) I just mentioned. I recently bought a 200 GIG
Maxtor hard drive
and transferred the data to this hard drive via
partition magic 8. I know
Win XP Pro with the correct patch file applied off the
Maxtor website will
be able to see the full 200 GIG Maxtor hard drive but I
am wondering what
about the other OS's. Will they all see the full 200
gig Maxtor hard drive
as well? and will they all be able to access and save
files to the full 200
gigs without data corruption? The motherboard that I
own is a P6VAP-A+ from
ECS ( Apparently the motherboard BIOS
is only able to see
136 Gigs but with WinXP Pro and the patch I received
from Maxtor's website,
WinXP Pro is able to see the full 200 GIG Drive. What
is the limit for each
of the above OS in recognizing hard drive capacities? I
would like to use
the Ghost 7.5 program from powerquest
in DOS mode but will DOS be able to see this 200 Gig
hard drive? What is
DOS's limitation in seeing lard hard drives? If I
partition the 200 gig
hard drive to the sizes that each OS can use (primary
drives, max of three
for each physical disk), how large will I be able to
create a
logical/extended drive (max of one extended drive with
unlimited smaller
drives within the extended drive) that all the OS can
see and use?

Thanks to everyone who responds.



A short while ago I partitioned my Wester Digital 160g
7200 RPM hard drive (had about 20+ gigs unallocated
because the hard drive was bigger than windows XP could
recognize without a particular service pack, which i
later got) so it was now the original C drive (from the
original HDD), the D drive (which was the original drive
created from the added hard drive in question) and the H
drive (new partition from the added hard drive).

A few days after creating the partition, i opened the d
drive (where i have one folder for music, one folder for
backed up programs/files and not in folders were many
files waiting to be backed up on disk) and found that the
only thing in it was a small portion of files waiting to
be backed up.

I could search every hard drive for missing files (even
in hidden and system folders) but no track would be found.

However, if i look at the drive properties, all the hard
drive space is still used.

Not only that, but I run a file server that sends files
from this drive (every file on the server is one that is
now "missing") to whomever requests them. Even though
they are effectivly non-existant on my computer at this
point, my server is still capable of sending the files.

I need access to these files pronto so i need a solution
that will, preferrably, not wipe them out.

I tried restarting, it did nothing.
I tried a system restore but it told me that the hard
drive was either turned off or not monitored by system
restore (i tried anyway but neither the d or h drives
were listed in "my computer" after word so i unrestored)
I tried checking the cables to the hard drive, did nothing
I tried running a disk cleanup, returned a bunch of
unreadable sectors,deleted a few things...when done,
again, nothing was different.

I am now out of ideas, so I hope this is enough info to
help someone help me.

oh, and the partition that i created has had NO problems
throughout this endeavor with the exception of not being
found when i did the system restore.

this is a Hijack This startup log - as you can see, i am being hacked but i
don't know how to interpret all the data. i believe they created a hidden
partition on my drive, have taken over admin rights and are impersonating the
one user (vince) on the machine.

any help would be most appreciated!!!

sorry for posting such a large log file - the remainder is in a second post
with the same title

(config = winxp sp2 all udates - panasonic touchbook elite - broadband
access through shaw internet)

StartupList report, 1/27/2005, 3:33:50 PM
StartupList version: 1.52.2
Started from : C:Program Fileshijack tmpHijackThis.EXE
Detected: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Detected: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
* Using default options
* Including empty and uninteresting sections
* Showing rarely important sections

Running processes:

C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec SharedccSetMgr.exe
C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec SharedccEvtMgr.exe
C:Program FilesSymantec AntiVirusDefWatch.exe
C:Program FilesSymantec AntiVirusRtvscan.exe
C:Program FilesUPHCleanuphclean.exe
C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec SharedccApp.exe
C:Program FilesQuickTimeqttask.exe
C:Program FilesWinZipWZQKPICK.EXE
C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe
C:Program Fileshijack tmpHijackThis.exe


Listing of startup folders:

Shell folders Startup:
[C:Documents and SettingsVinceStart MenuProgramsStartup]
*No files*

Shell folders AltStartup:
*Folder not found*

User shell folders Startup:
*Folder not found*

User shell folders AltStartup:
*Folder not found*

Shell folders Common Startup:
[C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsStartup]
Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat
WinZip Quick Pick.lnk = C:Program FilesWinZipWZQKPICK.EXE

Shell folders Common AltStartup:
*Folder not found*

User shell folders Common Startup:
*Folder not found*

User shell folders Alternate Common Startup:
*Folder not found*


Checking Windows NT UserInit:

[HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon]
UserInit = C:WINDOWSsystem32userinit.exe,

[HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWin logon]
*Registry key not found*

[HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon]
*Registry value not found*

[HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWin logon]
*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries from Registry:

ccApp = "C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec SharedccApp.exe"
vptray = C:PROGRA~1SYMANT~1VPTray.exe
PCTVOICE = pctspk.exe
IgfxTray = C:WINDOWSsystem32igfxtray.exe
HotKeysCmds = C:WINDOWSsystem32hkcmd.exe
Hotkey = C:WINDOWSsystem32hkeyman.exe
QuickTime Task = "C:Program FilesQuickTimeqttask.exe" -atboottime
Mizo - XP Netstats Bar = C:PROGRA~1Mizotecxpnsbar.exe


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun Once

*No values found*


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun OnceEx

*No values found*


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun Services

*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun ServicesOnce

*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries from Registry:

*No values found*


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun Once

*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun OnceEx

*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun Services

*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun ServicesOnce

*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionRun

*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries from Registry:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionRun

*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
*No subkeys found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun Once
*No subkeys found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun OnceEx
*No subkeys found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun Services
*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun ServicesOnce
*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
*No subkeys found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun Once
*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun OnceEx
*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun Services
*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun ServicesOnce
*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionRun
*Registry key not found*


Autorun entries in Registry subkeys of:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionRun
*Registry key not found*


File association entry for .EXE:

(Default) = "%1" %*


File association entry for .COM:

(Default) = "%1" %*


File association entry for .BAT:

(Default) = "%1" %*


File association entry for .PIF:

(Default) = "%1" %*


File association entry for .SCR:

(Default) = "%1" /S


File association entry for .HTA:

(Default) = C:WINDOWSSystem32mshta.exe "%1" %*


File association entry for .TXT:

(Default) = %SystemRoot%system32NOTEPAD.EXE %1


Enumerating Active Setup stub paths:
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftActive SetupInstalled Components
(* = disabled by HKCU twin)

StubPath = C:WINDOWSinfunregmp2.exe /ShowWMP

[{26923b43-4d38-484f-9b9e-de460746276c}] *
StubPath = %systemroot%system32shmgrate.exe OCInstallUserConfigIE

[{60B49E34-C7CC-11D0-8953-00A0C90347FF}MICROS] *
StubPath = RunDLL32 IEDKCS32.DLL,BrandIE4 SIGNUP

[{881dd1c5-3dcf-431b-b061-f3f88e8be88a}] *
StubPath = %systemroot%system32shmgrate.exe OCInstallUserConfigOE

[{2C7339CF-2B09-4501-B3F3-F3508C9228ED}] *
StubPath = %SystemRoot%system32regsvr32.exe /s /n /i:/UserInstall

[{44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}] *
StubPath = "%ProgramFiles%Outlook Expresssetup50.exe" /APP:OE
/CALLER:WINNT /user /install

[{44BBA842-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015B}] *
StubPath = rundll32.exe advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection
C:WINDOWSINFmsnetmtg.inf,NetMtg.Install.PerUser .NT

[{4b218e3e-bc98-4770-93d3-2731b9329278}] *
StubPath = %SystemRoot%System32rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection
MarketplaceLinkInstall 896 %systemroot%infie.inf

[{5945c046-1e7d-11d1-bc44-00c04fd912be}] *
StubPath = rundll32.exe advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection

[{6BF52A52-394A-11d3-B153-00C04F79FAA6}] *
StubPath = rundll32.exe advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection

[{7790769C-0471-11d2-AF11-00C04FA35D02}] *
StubPath = "%ProgramFiles%Outlook Expresssetup50.exe" /APP:WAB
/CALLER:WINNT /user /install

[{89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4340}] *
StubPath = regsvr32.exe /s /n /i:U shell32.dll

[{89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}] *
StubPath = %SystemRoot%system32ie4uinit.exe


Enumerating ICQ Agent Autostart apps:

*Registry key not found*


Load/Run keys from C:WINDOWSWIN.INI:

load=*INI section not found*
run=*INI section not found*

Load/Run keys from Registry:

HKLM..Windows NTCurrentVersionWinLogon: load=*Registry value not found*
HKLM..Windows NTCurrentVersionWinLogon: run=*Registry value not found*
HKLM..WindowsCurrentVersionWinLogon: load=*Registry key not found*
HKLM..WindowsCurrentVersionWinLogon: run=*Registry key not found*
HKCU..Windows NTCurrentVersionWinLogon: load=*Registry value not found*
HKCU..Windows NTCurrentVersionWinLogon: run=*Registry value not found*
HKCU..WindowsCurrentVersionWinLogon: load=*Registry key not found*
HKCU..WindowsCurrentVersionWinLogon: run=*Registry key not found*
HKCU..Windows NTCurrentVersionWindows: load=
HKCU..Windows NTCurrentVersionWindows: run=*Registry value not found*
HKLM..Windows NTCurrentVersionWindows: load=*Registry value not found*
HKLM..Windows NTCurrentVersionWindows: run=*Registry value not found*
HKLM..Windows NTCurrentVersionWindows: AppInit_DLLs=


Shell & screensaver key from C:WINDOWSSYSTEM.INI:

Shell=*INI section not found*
SCRNSAVE.EXE=*INI section not found*
drivers=*INI section not found*

Shell & screensaver key from Registry:

drivers=*Registry value not found*

Policies Shell key:

HKCU..Policies: Shell=*Registry key not found*
HKLM..Policies: Shell=*Registry value not found*


Checking for EXPLORER.EXE instances:


C:Explorer.exe: not present
C:WINDOWSExplorerExplorer.exe: not present
C:WINDOWSSystemExplorer.exe: not present
C:WINDOWSSystem32Explorer.exe: not present
C:WINDOWSCommandExplorer.exe: not present
C:WINDOWSFontsExplorer.exe: not present


Checking for superhidden extensions:

..lnk: HIDDEN! (arrow overlay: yes)
..pif: HIDDEN! (arrow overlay: yes)
..exe: not hidden not hidden
..bat: not hidden
..hta: not hidden
..scr: not hidden
..shs: HIDDEN!
..shb: HIDDEN!
..vbs: not hidden
..vbe: not hidden
..wsh: not hidden
..scf: HIDDEN! (arrow overlay: NO!)
..url: HIDDEN! (arrow overlay: yes)
..js: not hidden
..jse: not hidden


Verifying REGEDIT.EXE integrity:

- Regedit.exe found in C:WINDOWS
- .reg open command is normal (regedit.exe %1)
- Company name OK: 'Microsoft Corporation'
- Original filename OK: 'REGEDIT.EXE'
- File description: 'Registry Editor'

Registry check passed


Enumerating Browser Helper Objects:

(no name) - C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 7.0ActiveXAcroIEHelper.dll -


Enumerating Task Scheduler jobs:

*No jobs found*


Enumerating Download Program Files:

[Office Update Installation Engine]
InProcServer32 = C:WINDOWSopuc.dll

[Shockwave Flash Object]
InProcServer32 = C:WINDOWSsystem32macromedflashFlash.ocx

[MSN Money Ticker]
InProcServer32 = C:WINDOWSDownloaded Program Filesticker13.ocx


Enumerating Winsock LSP files:

NameSpace #1: C:WINDOWSSystem32mswsock.dll
NameSpace #2: C:WINDOWSSystem32winrnr.dll
NameSpace #3: C:WINDOWSSystem32mswsock.dll
Protocol #1: C:WINDOWSsystem32mswsock.dll
Protocol #2: C:WINDOWSsystem32mswsock.dll
Protocol #3: C:WINDOWSsystem32mswsock.dll
Protocol #4: C:WINDOWSsystem32rsvpsp.dll
Protocol #5: C:WINDOWSsystem32rsvpsp.dll
Protocol #6: C:WINDOWSsystem32mswsock.dll
Protocol #7: C:WINDOWSsystem32mswsock.dll
Protocol #8: C:WINDOWSsystem32mswsock.dll
Protocol #9: C:WINDOWSsystem32mswsock.dll
Protocol #10: C:WINDOWSsystem32mswsock.dll
Protocol #11: C:WINDOWSsystem32mswsock.dll


Enumerating Windows NT/2000/XP services

Intel(r) 82801 Audio Driver Install Service (WDM):
system32driversac97intc.sys (manual start)
Microsoft ACPI Driver: System32DRIVERSACPI.sys (system)
Microsoft Embedded Controller Driver: System32DRIVERSACPIEC.sys (system)
Microsoft Kernel Acoustic Echo Canceller: system32driversaec.sys (manual
AFD Networking Support Environment: SystemRootSystem32driversafd.sys
Alerter: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k LocalService (disabled)
Application Layer Gateway Service: %SystemRoot%System32alg.exe (manual
Application Management: %SystemRoot%system32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (manual
RAS Asynchronous Media Driver: System32DRIVERSasyncmac.sys (manual start)
Standard IDE/ESDI Hard Disk Controller: System32DRIVERSatapi.sys (system)
ATM ARP Client Protocol: System32DRIVERSatmarpc.sys (manual start)
Windows Audio: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
Audio Stub Driver: System32DRIVERSaudstub.sys (manual start)
Background Intelligent Transfer Service: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe
-k netsvcs (manual start)
Computer Browser: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
Symantec Event Manager: "C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec
SharedccEvtMgr.exe" (autostart)
Symantec Password Validation: "C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec
SharedccPwdSvc.exe" (manual start)
Symantec Settings Manager: "C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec
SharedccSetMgr.exe" (autostart)
CD-ROM Driver: System32DRIVERScdrom.sys (system)
Indexing Service: %SystemRoot%system32cisvc.exe (manual start)
ClipBook: %SystemRoot%system32clipsrv.exe (disabled)
Microsoft ACPI Control Method Battery Driver: System32DRIVERSCmBatt.sys
(manual start)
Microsoft Composite Battery Driver: System32DRIVERScompbatt.sys (system)
COM+ System Application: C:WINDOWSSystem32dllhost.exe
/Processid:{02D4B3F1-FD88-11D1-960D-00805FC79235} (manual start)
Cryptographic Services: %SystemRoot%system32svchost.exe -k netsvcs
DCOM Server Process Launcher: %SystemRoot%system32svchost -k DcomLaunch
Symantec AntiVirus Definition Watcher: "C:Program FilesSymantec
AntiVirusDefWatch.exe" (autostart)
DHCP Client: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
Disk Driver: System32DRIVERSdisk.sys (system)
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service:
%SystemRoot%System32dmadmin.exe /com (manual start)
dmboot: System32driversdmboot.sys (disabled)
Logical Disk Manager Driver: System32driversdmio.sys (system)
dmload: System32driversdmload.sys (system)
Logical Disk Manager: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
Microsoft Kernel DLS Syntheiszer: system32driversDMusic.sys (manual start)
DNS Client: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k NetworkService (autostart)
Microsoft Kernel DRM Audio Descrambler: system32driversdrmkaud.sys (manual
Error Reporting Service: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Event Log: %SystemRoot%system32services.exe (autostart)
COM+ Event System: C:WINDOWSSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (manual start)
Fast User Switching Compatibility: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k
netsvcs (manual start)
FltMgr: system32driversfltmgr.sys (system)
Volume Manager Driver: System32DRIVERSftdisk.sys (system)
Generic Packet Classifier: System32DRIVERSmsgpc.sys (manual start)
Help and Support: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
Human Interface Device Access: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Panasonic Hotkey Driver: system32DRIVERSHOTKEY.SYS (manual start)
HTTP: System32DriversHTTP.sys (manual start)
HTTP SSL: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter (manual start)
i8042 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Port Driver: System32DRIVERSi8042prt.sys
ialm: system32DRIVERSialmnt5.sys (manual start)
CD-Burning Filter Driver: System32DRIVERSimapi.sys (system)
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service: C:WINDOWSSystem32imapi.exe (manual start)
IntelIde: System32DRIVERSintelide.sys (system)
Intel Processor Driver: System32DRIVERSintelppm.sys (system)
IPv6 Windows Firewall Driver: system32driversip6fw.sys (manual start)
IP Traffic Filter Driver: System32DRIVERSipfltdrv.sys (manual start)
IP in IP Tunnel Driver: System32DRIVERSipinip.sys (manual start)
IP Network Address Translator: System32DRIVERSipnat.sys (manual start)
IPSEC driver: System32DRIVERSipsec.sys (system)
IR Enumerator Service: System32DRIVERSirenum.sys (manual start)
PnP ISA/EISA Bus Driver: System32DRIVERSisapnp.sys (system)
Keyboard Class Driver: System32DRIVERSkbdclass.sys (system)
Microsoft Kernel Wave Audio Mixer: system32driverskmixer.sys (manual start)
Server: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
Workstation: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k LocalService
Messenger: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (disabled)
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing: C:WINDOWSSystem32mnmsrvc.exe (manual
Mouse Class Driver: System32DRIVERSmouclass.sys (system)
WebDav Client Redirector: System32DRIVERSmrxdav.sys (manual start)
MRXSMB: System32DRIVERSmrxsmb.sys (system)
Distributed Transaction Coordinator: C:WINDOWSSystem32msdtc.exe (manual
Windows Installer: C:WINDOWSSystem32msiexec.exe /V (manual start)
Microsoft Streaming Service Proxy: system32driversMSKSSRV.sys (manual start)
Microsoft Streaming Clock Proxy: system32driversMSPCLOCK.sys (manual start)
Microsoft Streaming Quality Manager Proxy: system32driversMSPQM.sys
(manual start)
Microsoft System Management BIOS Driver: System32DRIVERSmssmbios.sys
(manual start)
NAVENG: ??C:PROGRA~1COMMON~1SYMANT~1VIRUSD~12005011 9.041naveng.sys
(manual start)
NAVEX15: ??C:PROGRA~1COMMON~1SYMANT~1VIRUSD~12005011 9.041navex15.sys
(manual start)
Remote Access NDIS TAPI Driver: System32DRIVERSndistapi.sys (manual start)
NDIS Usermode I/O Protocol: System32DRIVERSndisuio.sys (manual start)
Remote Access NDIS WAN Driver: System32DRIVERSndiswan.sys (manual start)
NetBIOS Interface: System32DRIVERSnetbios.sys (system)
NetBios over Tcpip: System32DRIVERSnetbt.sys (system)
Network DDE: %SystemRoot%system32netdde.exe (disabled)
Network DDE DSDM: %SystemRoot%system32netdde.exe (disabled)
Net Logon: %SystemRoot%System32lsass.exe (manual start)
Network Connections: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (manual
Network Location Awareness (NLA): %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k
netsvcs (manual start)
NT LM Security Support Provider: %SystemRoot%System32lsass.exe (manual
Removable Storage: %SystemRoot%system32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (manual start)
IPX Traffic Filter Driver: System32DRIVERSnwlnkflt.sys (manual start)
IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver: System32DRIVERSnwlnkfwd.sys (manual start)
PCI Bus Driver: System32DRIVERSpci.sys (system)
PCIIde: system32DRIVERSpciide.sys (system)
Pcmcia: System32DRIVERSpcmcia.sys (system)
Plug and Play: %SystemRoot%system32services.exe (autostart)
IPSEC Services: %SystemRoot%System32lsass.exe (autostart)
WAN Miniport (PPTP): System32DRIVERSraspptp.sys (manual start)
Processor Driver: System32DRIVERSprocessr.sys (system)
Protected Storage: %SystemRoot%system32lsass.exe (autostart)
QoS Packet Scheduler: System32DRIVERSpsched.sys (manual start)
Direct Parallel Link Driver: System32DRIVERSptilink.sys (manual start)
W2K Pctel Serial Device Driver: system32DRIVERSptserial.sys (manual start)
Remote Access Auto Connection Driver: System32DRIVERSrasacd.sys (system)
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k
netsvcs (manual start)
WAN Miniport (L2TP): System32DRIVERSrasl2tp.sys (manual start)
Remote Access Connection Manager: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k
netsvcs (manual start)
Remote Access PPPOE Driver: System32DRIVERSraspppoe.sys (manual start)
Direct Parallel: System32DRIVERSraspti.sys (manual start)
Rdbss: System32DRIVERSrdbss.sys (system)
RDPCDD: System32DRIVERSRDPCDD.sys (system)
Terminal Server Device Redirector Driver: System32DRIVERSrdpdr.sys (manual
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager: C:WINDOWSsystem32sessmgr.exe (manual
Digital CD Audio Playback Filter Driver: System32DRIVERSredbook.sys (system)
Routing and Remote Access: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Remote Registry: %SystemRoot%system32svchost.exe -k LocalService (autostart)
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator: %SystemRoot%System32locator.exe
(manual start)
Remote Procedure Call (RPC): %SystemRoot%system32svchost -k rpcss
QoS RSVP: %SystemRoot%System32rsvp.exe (manual start)
Realtek RTL8139(A/B/C)-based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter NT Driver:
System32DRIVERSRTL8139.SYS (manual start)
Security Accounts Manager: %SystemRoot%system32lsass.exe (autostart)
SAVRoam: "C:Program FilesSymantec AntiVirusSavRoam.exe" (manual start)
SAVRT: ??C:Program FilesSymantec AntiVirussavrt.sys (system)
SAVRTPEL: ??C:Program FilesSymantec AntiVirusSavrtpel.sys (autostart)
Smart Card: %SystemRoot%System32SCardSvr.exe (manual start)
Task Scheduler: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
Ricoh SD Bus Host Adapter : System32Driverssdbus.sys (manual start)
Memory Card: System32Driverssdstmem.sys (manual start)
Secdrv: System32DRIVERSsecdrv.sys (manual start)
Secondary Logon: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
System Event Notification: %SystemRoot%system32svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS):
%SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)
Shell Hardware Detection: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Symantec Network Drivers Service: "C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec
SharedSNDSrvc.exe" (manual start)
Microsoft Kernel Audio Splitter: system32driverssplitter.sys (manual start)
Print Spooler: %SystemRoot%system32spoolsv.exe (autostart)
System Restore Filter Driver: SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSsr.sys (disabled)
System Restore Service: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Srv: System32DRIVERSsrv.sys (manual start)
SSDP Discovery Service: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k LocalService
(manual start)
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA): %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k imgsvc
(manual start)
Software Bus Driver: System32DRIVERSswenum.sys (manual start)
Microsoft Kernel GS Wavetable Synthesizer: system32driversswmidi.sys
(manual start)
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider: C:WINDOWSSystem32dllhost.exe
/Processid:{D00B1DD8-F5AF-4905-ABB3-3830CB984851} (manual start)
Symantec AntiVirus: "C:Program FilesSymantec AntiVirusRtvscan.exe"
SymEvent: ??C:Program FilesSymantecSYMEVENT.SYS (manual start)
SYMREDRV: SystemRootSystem32DriversSYMREDRV.SYS (manual start)
SYMTDI: SystemRootSystem32DriversSYMTDI.SYS (system)
Microsoft Kernel System Audio Device: system32driverssysaudio.sys (manual
Performance Logs and Alerts: %SystemRoot%system32smlogsvc.exe (manual start)
Telephony: %SystemRoot%System32svchost.exe -k netsvcs (manual start)
TCP/IP Protocol Driver: System32DRIVERStcpip.sys (system)
Terminal Device Driver: System32DRIVERStermdd.sys (system)
Terminal Services: %SystemRoot%System32svchost -k DComLaunch (manual start)

I have already posted this to the AVG Forum since the problem was caused by
AVG, but the resulting problem is Windows-related, as follows:

Windows XP Home: SP_?, factory-installed (OEM)
AVG Free 7.0: version 7.0.308?, virus db version 266.9.17?
No other anti-virus
No firewall software (except Windows Firewall protecting home LAN connection?)
No anti-spy (except for Yahoo! Toolbar?)
FYI: Dell Dimension 2100 Service Tag 87QJ511 (just in case more info helps)

Apologies in advance:
Sorry about the ?’s above:
1) since I can’t boot, I can’t check some of these and
2) this is not my machine, so I am trying to fill in info from various
documentation tossed together with that of all the other computers in the
house …I installed the AVG upgrade to help a friend who was getting the
“Upgrade to 7.0” warning prompt, so of course, it is now All My Fault :[
Sorry about the lengthy post, but: I usually have at least ½ a clue, so I’ve
done some research & tried some fixes, and I’d rather be thoroughly

--Upgraded AVG 6.0 free edition to AVG Free 7.0
--Ran Update, created rescue disk set, ran initial scan
--Scan found several infected files: wish I had printed a list, but I do
recall that among the listed critters and affected files were
Adware.Bookedspace and Trojan Horse Dropper.Agent.2AM, NTDownloader; some of
the files were system files in WINNTsystem32 and in I386
--Allowed AVG to quarantine/repair/delete all automatically, which I am now
regretting, since

--When the computer was restarted the next day, it would not boot: error
message “A disk read error occurred, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart” …doing so
resulted in the same message each time
--Tried to use the AVG rescue boot disk: error message “NTLDR is missing,
Press any key to restart” …to no avail. So maybe a false positive, but more
likely that the repair/removal was flawed? Anyhow, can’t restore the files
if the machine won’t boot…
--AVG Forum had a post referencing “NTLDR Missing”, but that was about
testing the disks, not actual boot failure. Checked the Symantec site for
info: seems some of the malicious code affecting NTLDR will change the file
attributes from hidden, system, read-only to “archive” in order to patch it,
and does not change it back (see tech details on W32.Bolzano); according to
Microsoft: “Many viruses update the boot sector with their own code and move
the original boot sector to another location on the disk. After the virus is
activated, it stays in memory and passes the execution to the original boot
sector so that startup appears normal. Some viruses do not relocate the
original boot sector, making the volume inaccessible. If the affected volume
is the active primary partition, the system cannot start. Other viruses
relocate the boot sector to the last sector of the disk or to an unused
sector on the first track of the disk. If the virus does not protect the
altered boot sector, normal use of the computer might overwrite it, rendering
the volume inaccessible or preventing the system from restarting. (see
Windows XP Resource Kit, Ch. 27)”, etc….

--Created a boot disk from another computer running XP Home (SP1)- included
NTLDR, NTDETECT and BOOT.INI; restart with this disk resulted in error
message: “Invalid BOOT.INI file, Booting from C:windows, Windows could not
start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Windows
rootsystem32hal.dll, Please re-install a copy of the above file.”
--So, tried copying hal.dll (5.1.2600.0) as well, just to see if it would
work: no such luck, resulted in error message: “Invalid BOOT.INI file,
Booting from C:windows, Windows could not start because of a computer disk
hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk.
Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the Windows documentation
about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for
additional information.”
--BOOT.INI used is:
[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS=”Mic rosoft Windows XP Home
--Tried modifying as partition(1), no success

--However, I can: enter Dell Set-Up, or F8 into Windows Advanced Options
(but Last Known Good Config and Safe Mode were both unsuccessful) and I do
have an MS-DOS boot disk that brings me to command prompt A:

--That brings us up to current: I believe that my options now involve
1) using the Recovery Console: not sure how comfortable I am with say,
editing BOOT.INI further with bootcfg or the like (I know enough to NOT just
dive into this) OR
2) Repairing/Reinstalling (in-place upgrade or parallel re-install) Windows
XP from the CD-ROM: my reservation on this is that according to MS Knowledge
Base article 312369, “You may lose data or program settings….” possibly
including documents in the Shared Documents folder. According to the Status
section, this was ‘first corrected in Windows XP Service Pack 1’, but I do
not know for sure if this machine has it installed: prevention options are
listed, Method 4 of which is a manual command-prompt option, but it notes:
“If you are using Recovery Console or an MS-DOS or Windows boot floppy disk,
the steps to delete the file are slightly different.” BUT does not say how

--Given my limited access options at present:
*** is there a way to check what SP is installed?
*** is there a way to determine where BOOT.INI *should* be pointing?
*** is there a way to back-up the Shared Documents folder from the A:
prompt before I proceed?

I have a HP computer. Recently I undertook the
destructive partition based recovery program deleting all
files and then re-installing windows XP. After having
done this in order to remove viruses, worms and free up
space on my hard drive, I was shocked to find only 3 GB
left on my hard drive. I have a 20 GB hard drive of which
5.5 GB is saved for the XP recovery CD's on the computer.
This should leave me with approximately 14 GB remaining
(14.6 GB to be exact). I have searched my hard drive to
see what is using so much space with a program
called 'DISKdata'. I was surprised to find that the
WINDOWS folder uses up 6.5 GB and the document and
settings folder uses up 4 GB. Is Windows meant to be this
is big or has something gone wrong? Here are some folders
inside the WINDOWS folder that are taking up a lot of

C:WINDOWS$NtServicePackUninstall$ - 295,164 KB
C:WINDOWS$xpsp1hfm$ - 33,376 KB
C:WINDOWS$NtUninstallKB821557$ - 8,224 KB
C:WINDOWS$NtUninstallKB828741$ - 6,992 KB
C:WINDOWS$NtUninstallKB835732$ - 5,776 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32 - 4,354,888 KB

Larger files inside SYSTEM32:

C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32config - 3,719,144 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32dllcacher - 110,772 KB

Larger files inside config:

C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofile - 3,693,428 KB

Larger files inside systemprofile:

C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileWINDOWS -
1,607,900 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileProgram Files -
1,163,224 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileI386 - 470,372 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofilehp - 410,344 KB

Larger files in WINDOWS, Program Files, I386 and hp

configsystemprofileWINDOWSSYSTEM32 - 763,524 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileWINDOWSI 386 -
432,588 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileWINDOWSH ELP -
139,140 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileWINDOWSD river
Cache - 79,904 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileWINDOWSI NF -
48,348 KB
FilesPinnacle - 527,392 KB
FilesArcSoft - 223,492 KB
FilesSonic - 113,980 KB
FilesMSPress - 55,996 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileI386LANG -
102,504 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileI386DRIV ER.CAB -
74,904 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofileI386WIN9 XMIG -
33,612 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofilehpdriver s -
257,980 KB
C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32configsystemprofilehpbin - 146,848

Larger files in SYSTEM32:

dllcache - 312,960 KB

config - 2,100 KB

configsystemprofile - 596 KB

configsystemprofileNTUSER.DAT - 256 KB

Here are the large files in my documents and settings

C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserWINDOWS -
1,607,900 KB
C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserProgram Files -
1,163,224 KB
C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserI386 - 470,372 KB
C:Documents and SettingsDefault Userhp - 410,344 KB
C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserWINDOWSSYSTEM32 -
763,524 KB
C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserWINDOWSI386 -
432,588 KB
C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserWINDOWSHELP -
139,140 KB
C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserI386LANG -
102,504 KB
C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserI386DRIVER.CAB -
74,904 KB
C:Documents and SettingsDefault UserI386WIN9MIG -
33,612 KB

I know windows can't be this big and looks as if there
are two copies of windows files, one inside the other.

Could someone please help me figure out how to free up
space on my hard drive? I only have around 1 GB worth of
programs and around 2 GB of personal files so could
someone please help?

XP/SP2 and programs on C: drive, there are also 2 partitions D: & E: on the
same IDE drive on Primary IDE channel.
I have added a 250GB SATA drive partitioned into W: & X:.
Would like to move OS and programs from C: to the W: partition on the SATA
I have Acronis True Image v10 and have gone through the help files but I can
only see how to clone the whole drive to another whole drive, not clone the
active partition only to another partition.
Am I missing something here?
Any advice appreciated.

Kenny Cargill

I have a Sony VGC-830G that came with Window XP3 OEM preinstalled. (IOW about 6 years old). I have 2 hdd's (150gb each) set up as RAID 0 with four different partition D (media), E (images created by Paragon), F (Games), G (various programs). There's a hidden partition somewhere containing the system restoration stuff. I have Win XP cd with SP3 integrated that I would like to clean install instead of using the restoration cd's that I have created when I bought the pc.

1. If I clean install Win XP, will it only affect the drive where I installed it in (C)?
2. Will I still be able to access the other partitions if I reinstall partition magic and paragon drive backup programs?
3. Will I be able reuse the original restoration cd's to go back to the bloated OEM system that came with the pc?

I sincerely appreciate any feedback and help that you may provide me.

I was looking thru Device Manager and clicked Viewshow hidden devices &
noticed two items with the yellow questions marks beside them- the first was:
under "Printers" was my printer, then below it "Parallel Device" had the
question mark. When clicking it for more info it said "The drivers for this
device aren't installed. To reinstall click Reinstall Driver. Code 28" The
device type said "printer". FYI my printer is an older HP 722C & I believe I
installed it using WinXPs own printer driver. I haven't had any issues with
this or the other device I found in conflict in Device Manager but was just
curious if I needed to do anything with either one- or if not broke don't

The second device with a yellow exclamation mark was under Non Plug & Play
Drivers PartMgr. It said: "Device not present, not working properly or
doesn't have all its drivers ,Code 24. Display name: Partition Manager,
Current status: started, Startuptype: Boot. Driver files:
c:WINDOWSSystem32driverspartmgr.sys, file version: 5.1.2600.0

The PartMgr had a troubleshoot option but I haven't tried it yet and the
Parallel Device had a reinstall driver option but that came back empty after
trying it. Thanks for any help with this! RK

I recently upgraded to 2.5GB of RAM and tried the " /3GB switch", but I keep
getting BSOD's stating "BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO"
BEFORE the black Windows logo screen even loads.
It will not load into safe mode either.

Here is my boot.ini file:

[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP
Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP
Professional" /3GB /fastdetect

I am running XP Pro SP2 with all the latest updates.
I have run every memory test known to man, they all come up fine.
I have tested all of the 5 RAM modules I own and they are all good.
I have tried booting with each RAM module individually with the same results.
I have re-installed the KB826939 rollup.
I have tried the /USERVA command with various following numbers without
I have tried it with only one boot line (which forced me to boot from the
windows cd and rebuild my boot file).
I have tried putting the /3GB after /fastdetect and taking out /fastdetect
alltogether, as I've seen recommended.
Nothing seems to work, something's holding me back.
I have only one PCI card (an an RME 9636 sound card), and an ATI Radeon 7000
64MB AGP (Not a FireGL) card in this machine.
Any ideas? Noone has been able to answer this for me.
Thanks in advance for even thinking about helping!
j(r e m o v e t h i
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ . Asus KV8 Deluxe . 2.5gb Mushkin DDR LII V2

My computer has 9 partitions. Win 98SE is installed in C:, Win 2000 Pro in J:; Win XP Pro in K:.

When it came out, I installed Office 2000, including Access 2000, in D: under Win 98SE. I installed Access 2002, as part of an XP installation, to K: under Win 2000 Pro last fall, but I don't think I tried to open any db under it. Last week, I installed Win XP Pro, again to K:, under Win XP Pro.

Access 2000 runs fine under Win 98SE. I can open the db's I created under Access 2000 and the samples installed with Access 2002, and I can create new db's. The same is true (more or less in reverse) as to Access 2002 under Win XP Pro.

However, if I try to run that same copy of Access 2002 under Win 2000 Pro, either to open an existing db or create a new one, that always brings up a Login message box, displaying by default my login name (Administrator) and asking for a password.

I am using no login password -- and no other password for the machine or programs or files or folders on the machine. Administrator is the only account. The machine is not on a network and nothing is shared.

Access Help is useless. The only articles I've turned up in the MS KB (Q235422, Q209953, Q163002) don't help, as they all require access to the Set Database Password menu item, which is unavailable, and/or require that I know a valid password (of which none exist).

I removed and re-installed Access; same result.

Any ideas?

Hi there.
My main working Desktop PC has XP home edition (Italian - fully updated) and I run Office XP (with frontpage) Italian version. My main laptop has XP pro Italian (again pretty much fully updated) and runs Office XP (with frontpage) English version.
I have them connected via a WiFi network. The Desktop acts as the internet connection gateway (wireless access point is connected via a fast ethernet card and cross over cable) and the laptop accesses the net through that. For security, I have decided to make only the secondary partitions on both hard drives (i.e. what would then be the D: drive) shared (but I could change this if necessary).
I would like to have a way of synchronising as much outlook information as possible.
Regarding email - I have seen another thread mentioning setting the main PC as the one to clear email from the server and configuring the laptop to download but not clear. This seems a sensible workaround.
Regarding Calendar, Contacts, Activities etc. I would like to have them synchronised as often and as fully as possible.
Any suggestions?
Many thanks for any help with this.

Hello everyone;
I need a bit of help. The story, in short:
In the past, I was archiving OL Personal folders to a partition in my HDD (Outlook Archives)
That machine fried, and in new machine I made the stupid mistake of deleting the default destination (in Documents and Settings) where OL stores the archive.pst file.
I will appreciate guidance and help to correct this. I also would like to have means to archive not only Mails but also Contacts and Calendar, indefinitely, no erase date.
I admit that my knowledge of OL is not solid, at all.
Thanks in advance.

Daniel Rozenberg

I stupidly attempted to upgrade Win98 SE to XP Home without making a backup of my outlook files. The upgrade failed, despite 2 hours with the MS help(less) desk. Then I installed XP to a separate partition. Now I can't find my original outlook database. It should have a .pst extension, correct? Does the upgrade process hide it somewhere?


Well this is my first msg and just wanted to know this thing that keeps getting my nerves on... and on... and on .
I don't know why in certain Win98 boxes (I don't know if it happens with other win boxes, but it does happen in win98 for sure) whenever I open windows Explorer and click on any folder on the left pane so as to have it show the folders and files on the right pane, it will take a while (sometimes ranging from 4-7 secs) to "load" the files and folders on the right pane. So much for the problem. Now some considerations:
- This happens mainly with my 20 Gb C: disk. Sometimes I get the problem solved by clicking on the folders on the left pane to make it "load" the stuff on the right pane (and it tends to load faster). I scan and defrag both units periodically. Maybe it has to do with partitioning, but I don't have a clue on how to partition disks and the pros/cons of it.
- That said, however, when I use Windows Commander (a third party program very much like Win Explorer) everithing is "loaded" right away with no delay. Same happens when "saving as" from any program such as word, excel, etc: double-clicking on a folder opens it at once and every elemen in it shows immediatly... and I believe these programs use an engine very similar (if not the same) to Win Explorer's...

Summing up, whether it has to do with a registry entry, with partitioning, with formatting (hope not ), please, if someone can lend me a hand I'll greatly appreciate it. Windows Commander's interface is uglier and I just want things to work right... know what I mean?

Sorry for taking so much space, next time I'll do better


Anyone have any experience using HyperOS 2003? I've been asked to install it onto someone's laptop that has nothing more than a virgin install of XPH on it. I've tried and tried but still can't get past the first fence of creating the new partitions. RTFM doesn't help either.

Before I go any further, does anyone have any idea what I'm on about?

Hope this isn't too wordy. A couple mos. ago installed new 120G WD hard drive in computer. Attempted to use WD Data Lifeguard Tools to partition and format the disk (1partition) Utility said everything was OK. When I attempted to install windows, I received an error message saying there was not a valid DOS partition and I could not install windows. Started over, blanked everything out, went through the routine again and tried to install again. Same result. After 4 or 5 tries, I gave up on the utility disk from WD and did a dos fdisk and formatted the disk. Seemed like everything went OK and windows installed. I then installed all my apps and restored my data and ini files, etc. Over a period of weeks it was finally done and worked well.
I had installed Partition Magic and it reported that I had an unknown partiton type on my drive. In properties, PM reported that I had two partitions that overlapped, one an active dos and the other unknown. Since the computer worked OK, I unistalled Part. Magic and continued using Win 98. (Drive Image as well as Ghost reported a strange partitioning of my drive also.)
A few weeks ago, I decided to upgrade to Windows XP Pro but when I tried to do the upgrade, the install stopped and informed me that there was something wrong with my hard drive. I have made a "Ghost" image to my D: hard drive (30g) which is already quite full with data of it's own and I have a Ghost boot disk to restore the image back to the C: drive, once I get it re-partitioned and re-formatted.
I am looking for suggestions as to my next steps. Two partitions instead of one?, would fdisk /mbr fix or damage anything?, Am I likely to be able to use the WD utility disk for the operation which would create the two partitions or should I just use DOS and fdisk, create two and format? Attached is fdisk report of the two disks on my drive now. Thanks for any help you can give me.

When I turn my laptop on, the first thing I see after the bios screen is a menu of two options, asking which Windows I want to load. I have only one hard drive partition, which loads from the default choice in this screen. the other option goes nowhere - error message says that no system is found. This started after I made a copy of my hard disk onto a removeable drive, using Partition Magic. I cant find any way to remove this step in the boot process, which takes 30 seconds unless I hit the enter key, or change anything about how it works. Can anybody help with removing this screen? Thanks Frank

I've just done a clean install of XP to SP3, after a HDD failure

Everything was going along swimmingly, until a short while ago

As part of the process, once I've got all Win updates onboard, I then move on to the Optimization of the System, using things like SafeXP, xp-antiSpy, TuneUp Utilities System Control; I also use Partitions, which I've optimized using Easus Partition Master and do some Registry Cleaning and optimization with a 3 year old version of jv16 Power Tools; usually very safe and reliable; and once it's up & running safely, I use Doug Knox's Hotfix Backup Removal Utility

I'm not sure which of these caused the problem (perhaps Easus or TuneUp, both usually very reliable) but I now have no Drive Icons under Windows Explorer:

At first, I wasn't even shown 'Computer' and the drives under it! Just the Desktop and the folders there; and on my Start Menu, nothing I do will show my 'Computer' on the Start Menu

This has all kinds of follow on probs; Saving things via my Edited Places Bar....

...means I can actually save things where I want, but if the Places bar isn't set to show during a save, I can't - it has to be the Desktop

At first, I thought this had to do with the Security 'Permissions' Properties; When the HDD failed, I needed to get something up and running in a hurry (My whole life's on the damn thing!) so went with my Christmas Present of Win 7, despite feeling it was too early for my liking; In my hurry -and due to a outbreak of general stupidity- I messed up the Security Permissions and found it a nightmare to sort out, once I'd calmed down, so much so, I went back to my old, trusty XP, on a different, new HDD

Despite that, I'm convinced some ghost in the machine is carrying over some aspects of previous installations, something I've thought before; this isn't as daft as it sounds, since, one of the many benefits of PartitionsMultiple HDD's is Data security (Along with Quick Daily multiple Security Scans of the most vulnerable areas; quick, small, daily Image backups; Games can be easily re-used by just re-entering the serial, they don't usually need reinstalling; General Data Security etc etc); all I lost with the failed HDD was my OS Partition, my Program Files Partition and some Archives of DVD's, Games etc. The other partitions, such as Data, Games, Media, Backups were all re-utilized with Win7 (And Yah-Boo-Sucks to the 'Anti Partition Brotherhood'!)

I found a problem with the 'CreatorOwner' Security Permissions, so removed them and tried using my account name (which is Admin) on all Partitions, along with an Everyone LUA account, System, Administrator, Users, Authenticated Users, but I can't say I've ever completely understood these Permissions in their entirety

So, it's still not working right - and on other, preferred File Managers...

I need to reformat my computer and reinstall XP. I'm having a problem doing so, and here are the details:

My computer originally came with Windows ME and I have an XP Pro upgrade disk.
When I originally installed, I chose NTFS and a new install.

Here's my problem:

My system restore CD's won't work. Tells me it can't find my hard drive and that it might be because of a loose cable.
It prompts me to FDisk and then when I try, it tells me it can't find any partitions.

I have reformatted before (but I didn't choose the NTFS).

I've performed some searches, but can't really find anything that solves my problems.

I downloaded the delpart.exe, but it won't boot on a floppy and won't run in Windows.

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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