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05-Jun-2012, 07:18 PM #1
XP SP3 unable to enable Automatic Updates or install IE8
I'm a Newbie.

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

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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06-Jun-2012, 08:53 PM #2
In my opinion Trying to revive corrupted Windows, mainly Windows XP isn't worth it. I'd say to just do a clean install.
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