Hi everyone. I am putting pen to paper on this for a few reasons. Firstly, I'd like to share my nightmare stories with you so
you might avoid making my errors.
Secondly, I am after some help to get this completely sorted, cos at the moment,
I am working in Safe Mode with network connections. It's taken me four days to get there.
I am running a Toshiba
Satellite laptop, the one with twin 320g HDD (so my data is safe). The OS is Vista Home Pro with SP2, I use AVG Free for my
virus protection, and have Office Pro 2007, Mindjet Manager, Snagit, VLC, Google Earth, But Torrent, Lime Wire,ITunes, etc.
Nothing too out of the ordinary.
The Laptop is about 14 months old, and aside from one period about 6 weeks ago
when I couldn't get it to flash up, it hasn't missed a beat.
A while ago, I downloaded Smart Defrag, and I think
that I inadvertantly downbloaded and installed the accompanying Toolbar (IOBIT.com Toolbar). Google it - there are all sorts
of unflattering things out there about this toolbar. There is some stuff about uninstalling it, too. Some if it worked,
Shortly after I brought it I created the 3-set recovery disks. Despite my religiously creating
restore points about every month, when the laptop crashed on Thursday last week, it tried to do a system restore, but all my
restore points had vanished. So what I tried to do was to just let it run in System Restore mode. Each time, it seemed to get
a little further, and eventually it ran up in safe mode. At that point there were about four restore points available, all of
which had been created since the great crash.
In Safe Mode, I tried all the diagnostics I could think of including
going to Dos and doing sfcscannow. I also scheduled a check disk on C when next booted.
All my apps opened up
I took a deep breath and shut down. When I restarted, it gave me the option to boot into safe mode with
networking, so here I am. It did take a long time (About 1.5 hours) to boot, but I have at least got this far.
problem is that I don't know where to go from here.
If I boot with the recovery disks I made after I brought the
laptop, I will basically lose all software etc installed on C: since that date - is that correct?
I just tried to
open MindJet Manager and got the attached error:
As I say, the data is ok, so I am not worried about that.
My issue is that I don't know where I stand with the OS in its current state.
Can anyone advise me if I
should go and download any Windows updates, or whether I should get this professionally checked out. Most grateful for any