XP SP3 unable to enable Automatic Updates or install EI8

June 5, 2012 at 19:02:42
Specs: Windows xp, athlon xp 3000/2gb
I'm a Newbie.

XP sp1a w/ sp3 update
AMD athlon xp 3000+
Abit VA-10 ver1.2 MOBO
2gb Ram
IE6

Where to start?

when I had my system (XP SP3) up and running prior to a xp sp1 recovery console repair I noticed that I couldn't find McAfee AntiVirus (TimeWarner RR), which was installed and working prior. RR support took access of my PC and attempted to remove CA Firewall that was installed & removed(?) 1 yr prior using the uninstall tool downloaded from CA (1 hr). I was told to reinstall McAfee - attempted & attempted & ... I kept getting an error about an issue w/ McAfee security platform (shrtcut icon kept searching for mcagent). I then contacted McAfee which resulted in a 6hr session that had a level 2 tech on my computer playing with my registry. He finally gaveup and told me that All I had to do was uninstall CA Firewall and reinstall McAfee which didn't work (when I later contacted McAfee inquiring where the level 2 tech had saved my registry backup prior to making any changes, all that I received for an answer was that McAfee could resolve my problem (100 % guaranteed) for $120.
I had done scans for malware/viruses using Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10, TDSSKiller, MalwareBytes, MS Safety Live, Viper, etc with nothing found. Also, I was not able to start in SAFEMODE - only the BSOD w/ error STOP:0x0000007B.
I now believe that some of the problems were caused by the fact that my 40gb harddrive was 95% full (AHHH, Hindsight)

Ok, so here's what I have done since:

XP Recovery Console repair - recover from a corrupt registry Part 1 (MS article KB307545):

At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line:
md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default
Type exit to quit Recovery Console. Your computer will restart


Installed SP3 update
Cloned my 40gb HD to a 100gb HD and installed as master HD
needed to enable my onboard adapter in Bios even w/ failsafe settings - device manager had my network adapter hidden

I can now startup in SafeMode

I have not been able to update/install Internet Explorer 8 (error during install), I can't turn on/enable on my Automatic Updates
(using the automatic update console), The system showed my CPU as being 1.3ghz (actually is AMD 2.1Ghz - I changed the DEC to 13 and now is displaying correct CPU info), when trying to use MS FixIt I get an error PLEASE set registry key HKML\softeware\microsoft\.NetFramed\installRoot to point to the .Net Framework install location. wHen I attempt to install .Net Frameworks 2.0 I get error 25007 - "error when intializing fusion Setup could not load fusion w/ loadlibraryShim(). Error" - have seen other message in past referring to another install initiated.

There is probably more that I'm omitting, but this is a start.

Any ideas???? THANKS


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#1
June 5, 2012 at 19:21:54
"Any ideas????"

Yeah, wipe the HDD & reinstall XP from scratch. All you did was transfer your problems to a larger HDD. And do NOT reinstall McAfee or CA firewall. There are plenty of freebies programs available that work as good, if not better, & they don't hog system resources.

http://www.filehippo.com/software/a...

As for your CPU speed problem, the AXP 3000+ is supposed to run at 2.167GHz (13 x 166MHz). If your CPU downclocked to 1.3GHz, it means your CPU frequency dropped to 100MHz for some reason. Double check your BIOS settings & your CMOS battery voltage.

And do yourself a favor, create a new XP disc with SP3 & IE8 already slipstreamed into it.

http://www.lancelhoff.com/how-to-sl...

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...

http://www.nliteos.com/nlite.html


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#2
June 5, 2012 at 19:38:35
"I now believe that some of the problems were caused by the fact that my 40gb harddrive was 95% full (AHHH, Hindsight)"

When the hard drive partition Windows was installed on has less than about 10% free space left, Windows will run slower than it otherwise would. The less free space on the partition below about 10% , the slower Windows runs. Eventually you can get messages about there not being enough free space when there's very little free space left.
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Why did you run this procedure ???

How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

Doing that procedure is a LAST RESORT !

You DO NOT run it unless you got one of the error messages there.

Running that procedure gets Windows working again if you got one of those error messages, but it loads default versions of those files.
You have to re-install a lot of stuff because there's no info in those default files about what you installed previously !

If you have or can borrow a suitable XP CD, a much better way to fix the problem when you get any one of those listed errors is to run a Repair installation of Windows procedure, often called a Repair install.

After that has run, your program installations will be intact, and you may need to re-install some things, but far fewer of them in comparison to after you do the kb/307545 procedure.

You could try running it now.
It takes less than an hour to run.
If running doesn't fix enough of your Windows problems you will have to install XP from scratch.
You will still need to re-install a lot of programs you had installed previously.

See response 10:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Scroll down to:

"- If that doesn't help, you can try running a Repair installation of Windows"
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#3
June 5, 2012 at 20:30:28
"I had done scans for malware/viruses using Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10, TDSSKiller, MalwareBytes, MS Safety Live, Viper, etc with nothing found. Also, I was not able to start in SAFEMODE - only the BSOD w/ error STOP:0x0000007B.

Installed SP3 update"

Advanced troubleshooting for "Stop error code 0x0000007B (INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE)" errors in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324103

That's also the error you get when you try to boot from an existing installation of 2000 or later that's on an external hard drive

Why did you install the SP3 updates when Windows was still not working properly ?

One of the most frequent reasons the SP3 updates do not install properly is because of this....

NOTE that sometimes the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs - a part that runs all the time scanning for suspicious activity - will interfere with the proper installation of third party software, or major Microsoft updates that cannot be installed automatically by Automatic Update, the software will not install properly, and you may get no indication of that at all while installing the software.
To avoid that possibility, you should always DISABLE the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs, BEFORE you install third party software (software other than most Microsoft Updates, etc., that did not come with Windows ), especially when it's a major or complicated software package.
E.g. if you are using the free or paid version of AVG, you should disable the Resident Shield in AVG's 's settings in Windows (in AVG 2012 that's done under the title AntiVirus). In Norton (Symantec) products, there may be several things you need to disable, or set so they don't load for a specific short amount of time.
If you don't know how to do that, tell us which anti-malware software you are using.
When you are sure the software has installed correctly, re-enable the resident module(s).

Further info...

How to disable your security applications
http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...
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Never install more than one anti-malware program that has one or more resident modules. Those resident modules are likely to clash with each other and cause you all sorts of problems.
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"I have not been able to update/install Internet Explorer 8 (error during install), I can't turn on/enable on my Automatic Updates "

You would have had to copy down what the error message said and tell us what it was for us to figure out what the error was about.

I had a problem with installing IE 8 after installing SP3 updates.
Apparently it was caused by there being a Windows update missing that the IE 8 installation needed to have been installed.


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