Windows reset itself...kinda

August 25, 2009 at 07:43:22
Specs: Windows XP Pro fully updated., Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz/Patriot Extreme 4gb pc26400
So last night my computer had been running a couple of days with different tasks going on, a download running, etc. So after doing some work on my computer I decide to give it a rest and shut it down.

When I come in this morning to check my email something very weird had happened when I booted it up.

All my icons (about 5 or 6 games and then some custom folders where my music,media, home videos) were completely gone off my desktop. The only icons left were from Steam, WoW, and the new Batman demo.

My desktop reverted to how it looks when you do a clean install, even said "take the tour of XP."

Now the only problem or program I found that was itself missing or not in the same state was Utorrent. Everywhere else I can eventually find the stuff that was in those folders on the desktop but uTorrent is no where to be found. And when I go to my "torrents folder" (that was on the desktop) they aren't the green U icon they are the little white icon that windows uses when it doesn't recognize what type of program should be associated with it.

And lastly it said Microsoft has encountered an error click here for details.

They were tied to my User account and said wer507e.dir00/mini082209-01.dmp and the other one was wer507e.dir00/sysdata.xml

These errors happen every time I boot the cpu up.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this?

*I recently purchased a 32bit OS version of XP to get rid of my XP 64 bit that just doesn't have enough support. I bought the 64 bit in 2006 and just recently decided I was fed up with programs, hardware, not being compatible. I probably did the clean install of xp 32 bit around 5 days or so ago.

**I have Avast, and Avg, running on my computer at all times. I think I am somewhat computer literate and I stay away from harmful sites, links, pop-up (if I ever have any) etc. I use Mozilla, and Chrome for my browsing.

Thanks so much for any and all help.


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#1
August 25, 2009 at 08:26:48
**I have Avast, and Avg, running on my computer at all times. **
You shouldn't run 2 AV's at the same time, they will cause a conflict. Use one or the other.

Have you tried a repair install to see if that helps? You'll just have to reload your critical up-dates after it's done.

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August 25, 2009 at 08:50:19
So if I try the repair I won't lose any data?

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#3
August 25, 2009 at 10:52:42
you can back up your files if you feel better (it's a good idea) But, As a rule, all you will lose are your critical updates.

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