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WinMe hangs after deleting .tmp files

By johnnytech486 ·
DELL Inspiron 4000 / Celeron 600 MHz / 128 MB SDRAM / WinMe

I've been cleaning out (viruses and malware) and tuning up this laptop. I did a search to locate all .tmp files; there were many dating back for years. I kept the ones from the latest session today only and deleted all others including several from an earlier session today. Before doing this, I had the unit running as good as new. I'm now experiencing system instablility, hangs at startup. This never happened before I deleted the temp files. I thought I only needed to keep the temp files from the current session. I also made the mistake of moving the deleted files to a new folder instead of restoring them to see if that would reverse the problem. I can't connect this to any other action as it happened immediately after the deleting; everything was perfect before and there was no other signifigant procedures performed today except for running a systemwide virus scan that indicated I'm clean.

I've thought of trying a repair/reinstall of WinMe but would rather not if it isn't necessary or helpful. (The disk I have is a DELL Operating System Reinstallation CD.)

Can anyone help?

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by Power Natto In reply to WinMe hangs after deletin ...

You mention deleting things that went back years and presumably that means the system hasn't been renewed in that time. With the countless shutdowns, re-boots and crashes over that time the system starts getting a bit ragged with missing or corrupted files, fragmentation and so on. I would save the data, reformat the drive and reinstall and update the OS - it only takes a couple of hours and saves major headaches in the long run.

Millenium is a bit fragile at the best of times - perhaps it's a good moment to upgrade to Win2K (or dig around for a copy of Win98SE, which with optimsed settings is still way better than WinME).

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by johnnytech486 In reply to WinMe hangs after deletin ...

Clarification:

re: (1) deleted files, First, I deleted them to the Recycle Bin; after that I moved them to a new folder on my Desktop, where they now reside. I thought they might have been restored to their original places if I had run Restore from the Recycle Bin but now it would sem they no longer have the info attached to them to route them back to their originally configured places. Also, I'm not sure where they all were positioned / which folder(s) they came from....maybe all C:\WINDOWS\TEMP but maybe other places as well. IS THIS WHAT'S CAUSING THE INSTABILITY?

(2) I'm pretty sure I'm Spyware free; I've run updated versions of Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware and Spyware Blaster.

(3) When I cleaned out the viruses, I turned off System Restore and forgot to turn it back on. If I had a restore date, things would be simpler.

I'm left with 3 issues:
1. Temp files: It seems the systems grown more stable than earlier in the day after I had first deleted them; Is anything being re-established with new temp files?
2. I have a DELL WinMe Reinstallation CD; if the problem is System instability, should I reinstall? This is not my computer and my friend has lost all her disks except her WinMe Reinstallation disk so I'd rather not do a clean install.
3. I have a Registry backup file from before this temp/instability problem (though it has settings from before I got rid of the Spyware remnants). Worse comes to worse, will this act as a Restore for this situation?

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by Power Natto In reply to WinMe hangs after deletin ...

The temp files are not ?gbeing re-established?h, they have done their work and are sitting there like discarded wrapping paper. What the clean-up has done is leave behind a host of broken links, registry items, orphaned shortcuts and so on.

Try running ScanDisk in ?gThorough?h mode and set to ?gFix Errors?h. Then Defrag the disk.

Probably that would be enough but I still think that the OS needs re-installing or at least ?grefreshing?h. So as not to lose the installed software, connections and settings, simply run Windows setup from the Windows folder on the hard disk, this way all the System Files will be re-installed without formatting the drive or erasing your software and data. Just be sure not to setup in a new folder as offered but choose the current folder. After this quasi-install, clear the WindowsUpdate folder (or search for and delete the Wuhistv3.log or similar) to negate the updates record. Run Windows Update.

Finally I would check the Dell homepage for any Bios upsdates, firmware updates and so on. Good luck!

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by johnnytech486 In reply to

Wonderful answer, Power Natto! Sounds very on the money; will go ahead and report backin about 12-18 hours.

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