Missing Components?

December 31, 2008 at 12:20:33
Specs: Windows XP Media Cen, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4G
Recently I reformatted my computer, only to find that a lot of things didn't install. For instance, there is no Activate Windows under the start menu where it should be, and when I click on the icon that pops up on my system bar it just disappears. Also, I am missing InstalShield or something like that? I can't install a lot of programs, like Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 (or whatever comes with the Media Center 2002 CD), various games, and so on. I reformatted and tried again, and I still got the same results. I have no clue what to do to try to fix it. I even tried using a copy a friend had bought, and just use my product code and I got the same results. Any tips?

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December 31, 2008 at 14:36:51
Why did reformat in the 1st place? Have you done it before...in other words, do you know what you're doing? Do you have the drivers for the motherboard chipset, video, sound, network, etc? They're probably not on the XP CD, although XP *may* load generic drivers.

"there is no Activate Windows under the start menu where it should be"

Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools?

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December 31, 2008 at 14:42:12
If you reformatted, you need to install your chipset drivers for your motherboard. Check the device manager to see that there are no errors on your hardware. After all the drivers are installed properly , you need to get all your update, i.e. service packs and security updates. Then you can begin to install programs. Good Luck and Happy New Year !!!

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December 31, 2008 at 14:45:20
yes, I have reformatted before
and I did it because the virus/trojans I had would not go away no matter how many different antivirus/antitrojan/antispyware/antiwhatever software I threw at them.
I built my computer, so I know what I am doing. I have installed all the drivers, that's not the problem. I've even gone to my motherboard, sound card and video card's manufacturer's sites and downloaded the most recent updated drivers, beyond what i got on the CD
and yes, that's where it was last time, but it's not there.
I understand you are trying to help, but maybe next time reword it so it doesn't come off as very rude?

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December 31, 2008 at 14:47:22
also, I cannot create a network connection, and Internet Explorer will not install, so I cannot get online

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December 31, 2008 at 16:13:59
Nobody was being rude to you. What network card do you have? Can you see the LAN in the Network Connections window? What does ipconfig show? What type of connection are you using to connect to the web? IE is included with Windows, so you don't need to "install" it.

It sounds to me as if the format and reinstall of Windows didn't complete properly.

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December 31, 2008 at 16:28:30
IE may be included in windows, but it didn't install, so I used my Windows Media Center CD to try to install it, and no go.
I thought the install might have had problems, so I tried to reinstall again, still the same problem.
My network card is built into my P5B ASUS motherboard, it's a Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC
nothing shows up in my Network Connections, and ipconfig is blank for my Connection-specific DNS Suffix and Default Gateway, and the IP Address and Subnet Mask both show

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December 31, 2008 at 20:38:45
When you installed Windows, did you format? What formatting method did you use, quick or full?

Are you by any chance, dual or triple booting?

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January 1, 2009 at 06:03:27
Open device manager and look for components with yellow exclamations as others have mentioned previously. If you have any, install the drivers for the device.

Internet Explorer is already installed when you reinstall wiindows and only needs updating like from ie6 to ie7.

Did you just reinstall windows or did you format the hard drive and then install windows?

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February 14, 2009 at 06:46:21
First I would test drive for errors then reformat and reinstall once more if no errors are found. When you reinstall windows, where it has you choose a partition make sure you remove the old partition and create a new one in it's place. Also do a full reformat. To make sure you have all the latest drivers you could try automatic driver update software. This is a quick and easy solution and also removes the possibility of downloading a virus or other malicious code to your computer. Go to http://www.pcdriverupdate.com they have a free scan if you want to check it out.

Good luck, I hope it helps.

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