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An empty User Accounts Applet, No Connectivitiy etc. in XP Home

By carlo.di.giorgio ·
Hello dear Techrepublich friends,

I have among other pc's this SONY VAIO VGN-FS285M- XP HOME+SP3, Office Pro 2007, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD, Bootable in partition 1. c in English and partition 2. d in Turkish, working before perfectly well.
To recover I only have the 9 System & Application Recovery CD's produced by me after 2006 purchase, which I don't plan to use because it means 2 full days job to restore the whole set (all updates of Windows, SP2 and 3, Office Pro 07, Norton etc. etc.
The problem started after setting in Registry Winlogon of drive c the DefaultPassword to get a quick logon and then very stupidly changing the Username (into that of my Girl) the system got "crazy". I put back my own Username and DefaultPassworld but by then the system was no more OK and no improvements. Total chaos!!! I then ran Registry Mechanics of PCTools from an old CD and over 300 errors/problems were solved, though the installed updated version of this program was also no more available. No Internet and no Explorer and above all an empty User Accounts applet. I got Explorer page back only after un-installing Explorer 7. No possibility to Run System Restore either, not even in Save Mode. No Repair (R) using XP Pro?s CD. No results whatsoever also after a few recommended Registry's commands in Run. Both connections (Ethernet and Wireless) totally absent, although Windows open very slowly and immediately try to install again and again Registry Mechanics, which it runs thereafter and at times finds files to be sorted.
The cloned Windows system on drive d works perfectly well and is serving currently as the active backup. From that end I can look into drive c to see in System Tools that System Restore is active on both Drives, though it isn?t when starting it from partition c.
In order to use drive d to repair c:\?s registry I have also changed language and keyboard settings into UK standards.
What else can I do to fix the problem without radical measures as in Computer Management the c partition is the boot and d the system? I don?t wish to call Microsoft to be authorized to re- install Office Pro 2007 again and again because of my "stupidity".
Can any one of you clever boys and girls help me?
I'd very grateful and very happy to have joined such a good looking DainWeb.
Thank you!

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See if this will help

by Jacky Howe In reply to An empty User Accounts Ap ...

Can you Boot into Safe Mode and logon as the Administrator by pressing F8 repeatedly as the system starts up.<br>
Create another User account with administrative privelages. Restart the PC and logon with the new account. Does it work properly. If not open explorer and copy the Boot.ini and paste it into C: it should save as copy of boot.ini. You will need this file if the Repair/Install is successful to overwrite the new on that will be created to give you acccess to your second drive.
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Repair install of Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341
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To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
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1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
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2. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
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Note Your computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD drive or DVD drive, see your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer.
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3. You receive the following message on the Welcome to Setup screen that appears: This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
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To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
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To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R. Do Not press R here.
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To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
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4. Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
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5. On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
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6. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
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Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, and you do not have the Repair option, contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair install.
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7. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP. You will have three days grace with a lot of Nags.
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Have tried the suggested steps on various occasions

by carlo.di.giorgio In reply to See if this will help

Thank you very much for your suggestions I appreciate them very much. However, the system where I have a problem is an OEM XP Home Edition delivered with the whole package installed from which I had derived 9 CD's to Recover Utilities, Windows & VAIO applications. I can't use that otherwise it would also erase my drive d:/, which works perfectly well. It would take long hours to rebuild to the latest standards. To ask SONY/VAIO for a CD seems to be
I believe that the problem was basically caused by using the Sportmau/PowerSuite 2007 Bootable CD used to retrieve the forgotten Administrators Password in combination with my naive change of Username later rectified.
The real issue is that Windows-Installer files have been damaged. I tried to re-install Windows Installer by renaming msi.dll, msiexec and msihnd.dll with extension *.old, and install KB893803 following MS KB315346 instructions. However, the system responds saying that the latest SP3 is newer than such solution and ends the effort. I have also tried to un-install SP3,to clear the air but it ended with "no file found". Previously, I had also un-installed Explorer7, which brought a considerable improvement but no real solutions. What do you think about upgrading to Vista Ultimate and thus retaining all my files on a more efficient OP, delivered with a CD?
Thank you again.

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The joys of proprietory sofware

by Jacky Howe In reply to Have tried the suggested ...

If I was going to install Vista I would be doing a fresh install, I wouldn't be upgrading. That way you are not bringing all of the problems that you are having into the new install. Save all of the Data to D drive. Wipe the Primary Partition with Vista and recreate the Primary Partition and install.
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Did you create the second Partition, if you did the Recovery shouldn't write over it. I would say that the registry is corrupted and only having access to the recovery CD's you wont be able to do much about it unless you use the Recovery CD's.
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How to dual-boot Vista with XP (with XP installed first) - step-by-step guide with screenshots
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http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_xp__stepbystep_guide_with_screenshots.htm
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What is the problem with having to reinstall office as you should have the key written down somewhere or it could be on the box. You only need to save the files that you have created with it.
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I can't belive that I also actually parted with good money for Sportmau/PowerSuite 2007 as well. Live and learn.

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