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  1. thank you cluberti. I kept pointing to the ISO file but the trick was to extract the contents of the ISO file. Very grateful for your kind help.
  2. I have been using Norton Ghost 12 for years and recently switched to it's version 15. However I could not find any option to create a bootable recovery disk. Version 12 offered this feature?? I must be doing something wrong so can someone please help me how to make a bootable recovery disk in NG 15? thnk you.
  3. Thanks everyone for the replies and for sharing your thoughts. Special thanks to jaclaz for the 3 links which are VERY informative indeed. Members on this forum are very experienced and since I am new to your world (IT world) therefore I'm really not in a position to make any comments. After reading the replies and the links, I'll apply the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" principle. BUT reading the reply to this post has helped me learn more and for that my thanks to msfn.org and all the helpful members.
  4. Thanks Peter and puntoMX for the good and solid advice. I guess I'll stay with my FAT32
  5. Hi, I have an external harddisk and it's in FAT32 format. I want to request expert opinion regarding the following questions: How can i convert my external harddisk from FAT32 to NTFS Is it safe to do the conversion? I mean, is there ANY risk at all of loosing data of getting the harddisk corrupted during the conversion process? What are the benefits of converting from FAT32 to NTFS? Performance, x, y, z, ?? Thanks
  6. I don't see a third image, so I can't state anything about it. However, I would suggest doing something a little drastic (sort of) - if you had to restore COM components from an old backup image, you probably now have mixed versions of files. It would be best to reinstall whatever SP you have (I'm assuming XP SP3) and then use MBSA 2.1.1 to find out which hotfixes you need to reinstall after that. Sorry. Forgot to attach the 3rd image. It's attached now. Thanks for the clue about using ShellExView. I'll try it
  7. It depends, but yes, a "Repair install" is really only meant to repair *Windows*, and not "the system". People (rightly) think of their Windows installations as Windows+Apps+Settings, which can cause problems when people do Repair installations ....Honestly, I've generally found Repair installs to be too much of a crapshoot, so I don't ever recommend them unless you've already decided you'll be OK with doing a clean install if the Repair fails, and your time is worth nothing (because when the Repair fails, you have to reinstall everything anyway). Thanks Mr. cluberti . That's what I ( a newbie in the IT world) wanted to get confirmed from an expert. Please give me time to digest your next reply. I will get back to you after trying the suggested solution to fix the Explorer crash thing. I am really thankful for your help.
  8. hello cluberti. This is what happened: Everything went okay till the end of step 8. When I started on Step 9 and tried to repair the COM+, it asked me for my original XP CD. I inserted the CD but Windows did not recognize the inserted CD. Tried many things that came to mind but nothing worked. Was sick and tired of these problems anyways so decided to restore an old backup image. That too turned out to be "corrupted". LUCKILY i had a very old backup image available. Restored that and luckily that one did not have the corrupted COM+ things (or whatever the right terminology is). BUT I spent the past whole day re-installing stuff and thus my apologies for late feedback 1) The 1st attached image shows how the COM+ things looks like now. DO you think the problem is resolved? 2)I however have been getting the error shown in the 2nd image (Explorer Error.jpg) every now and then. Sometimes when I close Windows Explorer, a error dialog saying "Invalid Pointer Operation" also pops up. Any suggestions on how to get rid of these? Please. 3) Last but not least, and something that worries me the most, is the entry shown in the 3rd Image (Maybe some Hidden Nasty.jpg). Is this something normal or is the problem still there I thank you for your kind help so far and hope to get your reply.
  9. Hi cluberti, Well after posting my earlier reply, I decided to give your solution a try BUT could not get past Step #1 (quoted above) because no mater what I tried, I just could not stop the services shown in the attached image. It was a pain to manually stop the services one by one. Is there a tool to 1. Issue 1 command and stop all services. I found a tool called Seriwin but that did not work 2. Is there some trick to forcefully stop services like the one's shown in the attached image? What else information can I provide? Okay I took screenshots of the services that I was unable to stop and these are the things i noted: 1. ONLY Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service had a Logon Tab different than the others. The logon Tab of Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service and just 1 of the all others is also attached. Is this normal or ?? 2. Only Remote Access Connection Manager and Telephony services offered the Stop option. (Pls see attached image) 3. But both services mentioned in point above took more than a minute each and just towards the end gave the messages shown in the attached image Please let me now if you need any more information. So what do i do now? Thanks.
  10. Hi cluberti and thanks for a very detailed reply. Appreciate it. I think given the # of problems that I have been running into, I probably will be better off if i do a Repair installation of XP. However I have some questions in this regard (thanks to my ignorance) and will be very grateful if you can kindly reply to the following: If I do a repair install in the right manner, then: 1) Will my currently installed programs run ok or will I have to re-install everything? 2) Will I end up with up a scenario where I will have a C:\Windows\ folder and a C:\Windows(old)\ folder and something similar like this for C:\Program Files\ files folder. Actually the reason for asking these questions is because I feel VERY shaky when it comes to repair install. The last time I tried to do that (maybe a year+ back) i ended up with a total mess and took me a long time to do a fresh install and everything else that follows. I hope you can understand why I am shaky & nervous about the Repair install but I really want to get rid of all the headaches I've been facing for the past many weeks. Many advance thanks for helping and guiding me.
  11. Just when I thought that the problem was solved. Looks like part of the problem probably is still there and the ghost is back to haunt me I followed the steps above (posted by allen2) and got the error shown in the attached image. I then checked Event Viewer and it has 32 entries similar to the one below Event Type: Error Event Source: MSDTC Client Event Category: (10) Event ID: 4427 Date: 28-May-10 Time: 8:37:37 PM User: N/A Computer: Description: Failed to initialize the needed name objects. Error Specifics: d:\comxp_sp3\com\com1x\dtc\dtc\msdtcprx\src\dtcinit.cpp:215, Pid: 2488 No Callstack, CmdLine: C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe /Processid:{02D4B3F1-FD88-11D1-960D-00805FC79235} The Event Viewer also has 1 entry for two events. First one is this Event Type: Error Event Source: COM+ Event Category: (98) Event ID: 4691 Date: 28-May-10 Time: 8:37:37 PM User: N/A Computer: Description: The run-time environment was unable to initialize for transactions required to support transactional components. Make sure that MS-DTC is running. (DtcGetTransactionManagerEx(): hr = 0x8004d027) And the 2nd one is Event Type: Error Event Source: MSDTC Client Event Category: (10) Event ID: 4427 Date: 28-May-10 Time: 8:37:37 PM User: N/A Computer: Description: Failed to initialize the needed name objects. Error Specifics: d:\comxp_sp3\com\com1x\dtc\dtc\msdtcprx\src\dtcinit.cpp:215, Pid: 2488 No Callstack, CmdLine: C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe /Processid:{02D4B3F1-FD88-11D1-960D-00805FC79235}
  12. Thanks allen2. The problem seems to have gone. At least nothing anymore in the event viewer. I use Norton Ghost so maybe that could have been it?
  13. The path is wrong, the right one is %systemroot%\system32\MsDtc. Reboot after completing theese steps. Hi allen2, Sorry to bother you. 1st a silly question for my understanding: Is it correct that %systemroot% mean the root drive i.e C:\. Is my understanding correct? (embarrassed) I checked under C:\Windows\System32 and there is no folder named dtclog. So many thanks for pointing out the correct name (i.e. MsDtc). Before i try your suggestion can you kindly please confirm if my understanding of the steps listed below are correct? Rename the C:\Windows\system32\dtclog MsDtc folder to dtclog.old MsDtc.old Create a new dtclog MsDtc folder (C:\Windows\system32\dtclog)(C:\Windows\system32 MsDtc ) At command prompt: msdtc -resetlog. Note: This seems to be okay Reboot after completing these steps
  14. Hi GL, My apologies for the late reply. Will post back after trying the solution (for which allen2) helped in correcting the path. Regarding which app required MSDTC? After searching on Google it seems that things like SQL Server/MySQL etc. probably are the one's which require MSDTC. Right??? But I don't have either of these installed. So i am confused.

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