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Accidentally deleted things I wasn't supposed to

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by WatsonSword, Apr 2, 2008.

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  1. WatsonSword

    WatsonSword Guest Thread Starter

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    I run a windows XP home standard computer.

    A few days ago I started trying to tidy up my computer, cleaning the registry and getting rid of duplicate files -with software help of course-.
    I used Eusing Free Cleaner, and apparently while it's just fine for registry cleaning, it does a very bad job at trying to clean duplicate files, since it shredded -meaning they can't be recovered- some things that were essential to the system. What they were I don't know.

    But apparently the 'Stand By' function in shut down no longer works, and I can no longer adjust the monitor refresh rate, which is stuck at its lowest setting.

    Is there anything that can be done to try to find out what files are missing, and to download them again?
     
  2. Justawind

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    Did you set a restore point or try booting into safe mode and using last known good configuration?
     
  3. WatsonSword

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    restore wouldn't work anyway since the files were shredded rather than deleted. I need to find a way find out what they were, and install new ones.
     
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    Does the program keep a log of what was 'shredded'?
     
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    I checked, Eusing Free cleaner only keeps a log of the last registry cleaning. There's nothing else.

    And system file checker didn't do anything.
     
  7. stantley

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    Doesn't Eusing make backups of items deleted from the registry? See if you can go into the program and restore the backups. The registry cleaning could also be part of the problem.

    A System Restore will also restore the registry.
     
  8. WatsonSword

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    The problem isn't the registry.
    The problem was the duplicate files. Apparently one or more of them weren't actually duplicates, but essential files. And no, there's no backups of the duplicates scan, only the registry scan.
     
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    Did you try System Restore?
     
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    I wouldn't be too sure about that, Eusing is an aggressive registry cleaner and can cause serious damage.

    I would at least try restoring the backups to see if it helps.
     
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    I already explained that System Restore wouldn't work because the files were shredded. Besides, system restore's earliest restore date is yesterday, which is already too late.

    I know that it's a problem with shredding duplicate files that weren't actually duplicates -rather than the registry-, because the registry cleaning never caused a problem, and the problem started the instant I got rid of the, supposed, duplicate files.
     
  12. DoubleHelix

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    If the program didn't make any backups, and there's no log of what was deleted, then your options are limited. You could try reinstalling display adapter drivers to resolve the video issues and possibly the stand by issue.
     
  13. WatsonSword

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    I'm sorry for what I said earlier, I'm just frustrated.

    I downloaded the proper display adapter driver "HP FS7600", but now I'm really screwed. I can't install it!
    To install a display driver, I have to go into DISPLAY PROPERTIES, SETTINGS, ADVANCED, MONITOR, PROPERTIES and from there I can install the driver.
    But I can only get as far as MONITOR, the properties is also grayed out -not working-.
     
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    You need drivers for the display adapter, not the monitor.
     
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