Drive names within Explorer completely change

September 23, 2010 at 16:23:22
Specs: Windows XP
This is so weird, see the screenshot.


This happened after booting up my pc today (running XP Pro SP3).

I had a malware infection days ago and removed it almost completely (apart from random tabs popping up in Firefox).

Last night I ran O&O Defrag and it finished without any problems or errors.

I shut down the pc and then this morning I hung at startup.

Safe mode hung at mup.sys and after some Googling I managed to 'fix' it by copying over the original registry (as detailed here:

Obviously that got me back to how Windows was just after the original install in 2007.

So I restored the backup of the registry I made just days ago.

This fixed everything but gave me this really weird thing in Explorer.

Even though the names are wrong I can still click the C: drive and see all my files and folders.

I can enter any folder but the moment I double click a file it will open the file in the associated program and crash explorer at the same time.

I hope someone has a solution for this!

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September 23, 2010 at 16:31:04
Start by running chkdsk /f via a command prompt and answer yes to the question. Reboot so it runs.

If the same, I would suggest a repair install of xp is in order.

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September 23, 2010 at 16:44:09
I did a chkdsk three times via the recovery console; it found errors and fixed them.

I considered a repair install but I can I use my original SP2 cd in combination with a USB stick with my raid drivers or do I need to burn a new cd?

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September 23, 2010 at 21:33:18
The issue has been resolved.

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