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    Only african to own a PC! Cider's Avatar
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    Clearing the registry

    Stupid question time

    When I manually delete a folder/files in XPsp2 wouldnt I have to delete it in the registry or is that a minor issue?
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    Not normally a huge issue, unless it's malware that you're trying to manually delete.

    In any case, there is 'registry clean-up' software available that works quite well. Try http://www.3bsoftware.com .

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    If you have to manually delete stuff it is usually best to do it in "safe mode" as that way it probably hasn't been loaded into memory and won't get written back.

    Registry cleaning tools also work better in safe mode for the same reason.
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    Also disable system restore, that way when deleted it doesn't get restored from a system restore point etc.

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    t34bag5 and nihil are right on point. Safe mode and disabling System Restore (if I'm not mistaken, you have to do a full normal reboot after clearing System Restore to erase the Restore points) are must do's when dealing with malware. Good catch, guys .

    Why are you asking in the first place, Cider? Having some problems?

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    Red face

    Unfortunately yes. Its all in my other post I will figure out how to link it now. However to cut a long story short I am having trouble installing everything from windows updates to directX to games etc. Also with uninstalling certain programs that it why I asked about clearing the registry.

    I am using Panda Internet security 2008 with spyware remover which hasn't picked up anything. I have done online scans and everything I can think of but still cant seem to fix the problem.

    However my computer runs fine. System restore is already off.

    Cant think of any other information I can give you.

    Thank you for the replies.

    I'm sure Nihil is sick of this South African
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cider
    However to cut a long story short I am having trouble installing everything from windows updates to directX to games etc.
    hi Cider,

    did you recently re-install windows?

    the reason i am asking this is because i did a fresh installation on a friends laptop.(took out the Hhd, connected it using 2.5'' Hhd casing formatted it and placed it back. after all that, did a fresh installation of windows xp.)
    After the whole thing was over, it just wont update. i did a google search for Service pack 2. downloaded and installed it. windows update has been running fine since.

    the microsoft update website also offers an automated assistance. all you have to do is click the link and watch it do everything (from setting up the trusted sites in the "internet options" to cleaning up the registry afterwards)
    you are entering the vicinity of an area adjecent to the location.

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    No I haven't formatted my HDD in over a year this is why I think I must. Do you think I Should just reinstall Service pack 2?

    Nihil If you could please link that other post of mine I would appreciate it to put everyone into perspective.

    Thank you
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    Hi Cider,

    I think that this is the one:

    http://antionline.com/showthread.php?t=276219

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    Yes that is the post. Thanks Nihil.

    One more thing. I set my page file on my C: drive , windows directory to the desired amount however after a restart or reboot it tells me there is no pagefile. So in other words it keeps resetting it to no pagefile. Any thoughts.

    Thanks.
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