XP many problems, seek help

Microsoft / Xp with service pack 3
April 13, 2009 at 09:27:27
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, Gurus:

I am running windows xp professional on my PC. From last week, my PC was in very bad condition. I will list the problem below

1. Last week, I found that my PC's CD Rom didn't work. I got some info from online forum that it was caused by changing registry key with some actions. So I downloaded a small software to fix CD Rom registry key. Then it caused my PC's local area network connection was gone. I tried to fix it or recreate it. All efforts failed. Right now, I can not release or renew IP address on the PC. PC can not connect to internet. The family security service was disabled. I try to type: services.msc at command line to open services panel. I can not open it. I even can not open device manager at system properties/hardware.

Is my windows XP has been damaged severely? Can I fix it or I have to reinstall OS from begining? What about CD Rom drive? Is this DOS level drive or XP level drive? How can I find the CD Rom drive to fix it? Please help and your advices will be greatly appreciated.

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April 13, 2009 at 13:49:23
At some point you are better off with a clean install.

DOS and XP are OS's not formats. Format is like FAT or NTFS.

The CD may work find. Set bios to allow the CD to boot first. Restart with XP disk in and see if you can reload.

Some OEM systems have different ways to recover the system. Read the owners manual.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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April 14, 2009 at 10:18:46
Thanks. I also think a clean install may be the better solution. However, I have set bios to boot from CD and tried to reinstall windows xp. The CD Rom drive didn't response. This is why I am asking DVD/CD Rom drive is DOS level software or windows system level software. I may need to fix CD Rom drive first, then CD Rom drive can read windwos xp cd for clean installation.

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April 14, 2009 at 13:13:42
On newer systems the CD/DVD is added to the original bios and can be a bootable device. On older systems and original spec bios's a CD is not bootable without software support by an OS. (dos, unix, qnx, beos, linux, and such)

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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