how do i find out which windows component are

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 30, 2010 at 11:01:07
Specs: Windows XP
Recently my step daughter wanted to play pinball. When tried to go, it flashed on sceen and went off. Sooo, I went to add or remove windows components...when I tried to add pinball, it deleted all other components :-( I bought my computer used from craigslist, and have no installation cd. I've tried to recover these files, restore, safe mode, many other programs, but to no avail...and I believe I've really messed it up. I would like to know is there some way I can find out exactly which files are missing??? Plz help, I am not computer savvy and would appreciate the easiest solution...that doesnt involve the purchase of cd. :-(

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#1
December 30, 2010 at 11:16:09
You only need to borrow an XP Cd from a friend, relative, etc. and install the "missing" components. You are not installing a new version, or a pirated version of the Operating System -- just adding those "optional" components. Won't cost you a dime, unless you don't return what you borrowed;)

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#2
December 30, 2010 at 11:40:06
So Windows still runs? Just don't have all the features you once had? If so, use the same method you tried before but you need to supply a WinXP CD as stated above.

You may also need to run Scannow SFC. Look at the link below for help with that.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...

BTW, I don't think pinball is included in WinXP. I could be wrong. Originally introduced in Win95 plus. I can run on WinXP as I have done it.


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#3
December 30, 2010 at 13:25:02
Oops! -- OtheHill is quite right. Pinball is not one of the regular games included with XP. I totally missed that! My bad.

Your "concern" about having messed things up is most likely unwarranted, as it appears that only the entries pointing to empty/removed/unavailable components/utilities/programs have been "cleaned up". That's what it sounds like anyway.



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#4
December 30, 2010 at 13:34:23
Pinball should be included in Windows XP per the article below. I have it on my XP SP3,

"By default, Windows XP includes FreeCell, Hearts, Minesweeper, Pinball, Solitaire, and Spider Solitaire."


How To Add or Remove Games in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307768

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#5
December 30, 2010 at 14:57:19
Tufenuf

So you are verifying that Pinball is on the XP CD?


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#6
December 30, 2010 at 15:09:15
OtheHill, It's installed on my Gateway computer which I don't have the CD at the moment. Check out Reply #1 by sandman in the thread at the link below.

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

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#7
December 30, 2010 at 15:20:52
OK, then pinball is hidden by default and you need to unlock it. When I installed it on XP I imported it. Good to know, if I remember it.

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#8
January 4, 2011 at 12:29:22
yes, thank you, i had a friend i borrowed one from b4, but he seems to have misplaced it. i am still on the lookout for a friend with the cd.

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#9
January 4, 2011 at 12:31:47
well, i do not know anything about whats included, im fairly new at this stuff, and shouldnt have been messing with things, but read an article on net that explained how to make the pinball app visible in the windows components add or remove. but in my non computer savvy, i deleted all but the pinball...and it still didnt work:-(

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#10
January 4, 2011 at 12:35:55
thank you all very much for your replys, i am still on the lookout. a relative has a dell system, with the home edition cd. i dont know much about computers, but i do know that they arent compatible...but the home edition does have some of the missing components I am looking for...all accessories are now restored. at least i think they are?#? they seem to be working ok and are in the right file, still, no pinball...but I do believe that is how its gonna stay. thanks again.

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