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    xp problems

    right clicking on desktop locks system

    actually it gives me an eternal hourglass

    other apps will still work but Windows stuff won't work, like I can't even open the Start menu when I have the hourglass

    but if I reboot I can access the Start menu just fine until I right click the desktop and get the hourglass

    I ran a virus scan and it showed changes to the MBR, boot sector and shell32.dll

    I already ran fdisk /mbr with no changes

    any ideas?

    should I replace the dll? can I just paste a new one in there and reboot or will it have to be registered?

    could my hard drive be compromised?

    whats up with the changes?

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    Banned adeydas's Avatar
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    Try Automated System Recovery. Reboot your system with your Windows XP CD in the drive and hit F4 to run it.

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    got impatient

    ended up restoring an image from a year ago when I thought I had my system all dialed in the way I like it... it's amazing how much my preferences have changed since then

    thanks for the suggestion anyway!!

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    next time you can put your xp cd in and go to the run cmd and type sfc /scannow. that will replace any corrupt xp sys files.



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