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  1. What motherboard is it? Did you disable the parallel port in the BIOS? Did you Disable ACPI settings in the BIOS? Have you checked to see if you need to update (Flash) the BIOS?
  2. You know, I had a similar problem a while back. What I found was that my wireless nic card was taking a long time to get connected to the access point, and it was halting everything up. Not sure if this helps, but it might. Does the little icon of 2 computers showing network traffic popup in the system tray after the long stall. If so, change your nic drivers. I feel your pain, because it was annoying the s*** out of me.
  3. Try searching the forum, this has been discused already.
  4. I work for small computer store, and we update a lot of systems. I'm getting tired of re-downloading all these updates for all the different machines we service. I was looking into WSUS as a solution, but from what I found, it pushes the updates to clients through Automatic Updates. I would like to have the ability to install all Updates, including optional, while not using automatic updates, through the LAN (automatic updates does not install optional updates). Now this is just for our customers computers, so I don't want to have to do any configuring of their systems just to get this to work. I would like the process to be as "natural" as the Windows Update website is. thanks in advance
  5. Well, I decided to play around with RIS, and it is exactly what I wanted. 1. Have a boot menu with operating system selections for the version of windows you want to install (currently, I have XP Home and Pro Retail and OEM versions, depending on the CD-Key our customer's have). 2. Was able to setup an unattended install that only asks for partitioning, formating, user name and org., CD-Key, Area Code, and the user account. 3. Install applications like adobe reader and WinZip at first boot. 4. Have all the updates, critical and optional, installed durring installation and first boot. I also found a program that will let you edit the RIS boot, so you can add things like Memtest, and other diagnostic tools. Thanx to all for your input on this.
  6. Thanx for the input guys, I would like to be able to boot the system with a boot cd that connects to a network share, and installs windows through the network, but I dont want to deal with FAT32 patitions and the such. I would like the installation to be exactly like if it was installing from a CD, but it's installation source is on a network share.
  7. Well, I wasn't sure whether to put this here or in the Server OS forums, but I thought it would be best suited here because it revolves around Windows XP installs. I would like to setup and maintain (Patches and Stuff) network installs of Windows XP Home and Professional for the computer shop I work for. I have been looking into RIS for Windows 2000, but I dont think it supports Windows XP Home, or it forces Domain Logon or something, I have not takin the time to fully research it. I would like to be able to boot the clint machine via PXE, then be presented with a boot menu with the OS you would like to install, then have that OS installed, only asking for the CD-Key. Thanx for any help in advance.
  8. Hmm, so System Restore Never Loaded, or it did and the problem still persists? If System Restore failed then the easiest thing I can think of is what others have stated, and just reinstall windows.
  9. This seems to me to be a registry problem, most likely your "SOFTWARE" hive. Can you get to task manager using ctrl+alt+del? if so try starting a new task with %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe . That should bring up system restore, and I think the rest should be pretty self explanatory. Good Luck!
  10. Ugh.. Try Reading the whole post before replying with your nonsense
  11. God! Stop Bumping this f***ing Post.
  12. Try not to click "Disable All" on the startup tab in "msconfig" next time lol
  13. here is a method I use to find locations in the registry of interest. Download InCtrl5 and just scan for registry changes. Scan the system once at say 800x600 resolution, then change resolutions to say 1024x768 and scan again with InCtrl. You will be able to see what changes were made to the rigistry, therfore giving you the location of the resolution settings.
  14. You might want to try out StyleXP.
  15. I was wondering if anyone knows of a program that will scan the Windows\INF folder, or any folder, for that matter, that contains inf files, and give you a list of all possible installs from the inf's that it scanned. I'm mainly interested in this for uninstalling/reinstalling windows services, and crap like Windows Messenger.
  16. Try this Program , it's for deleting files and folders with illegal characters, but it will work in your case. The only reason it wouldn't work is if there is a program in memory that is located in the folders you are trying to delete. Just restart your computer, then delete the folders with this program.
  17. You can also use the command "sfc /prefetch" , witch is supposed to delete everything in your prefetch folder, but knowing microsoft, I'm sure it's not 100%
  18. I figured it out. What happened was that I overlooked one setting in the CMOS. The setting was in the Standard Configuration, under Drive A installed, and it was set to 1.44mb 3"and 1/4" Floppy. I just set it to None and the problem was solved.
  19. Heres my problem. I have a SFF shuttle, and I recently installed a new hard drive, but to do that I had to remove the floppy drive from the system. Now after installing the new hard drive, and going into the CMOS settings to turn off the floppy drive controller, Windows 98 still says that there is a floppy drive installed in the system, and when clicking on it, My Computer freezes, and also Windows Explorer freezes when the floppy drive is selected. After trying to trouble shoot this, I now have an A: drive and B: drive, but both do not exist physically in the system, and clicking on them will freeze Windows explorer and My Computer. I have tried going into safe mode and removing the floppy drive controller driver, but for some reson this does not work. Any Ideas?
  20. run chkdsk /p/r on the drive. I've seen this BSOD alot, and chkdsk fixes it every time. As far as how to access chkdsk if you dont have a windows cd, I'm not sure, but you might be able to borrow a friends or something. If you get a XP CD, than boot your system to it, then select repair at the first prompt. Once in the recovery console, you can run "chkdsk /p/r" to fix your problem.
  21. I think it might be a violation of you EULA from Dell, But you should be able to contact them and tell them you want an actuall Windows XP disk. They are suppoed to supply you with one, but they might charge for shipping.

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