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c000021a - ???

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by coreysangel1988, Nov 2, 2007.

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    coreysangel1988 Thread Starter

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    Okay, I'm mind-boggled. I've been reading up on c000021a, but I'm confused because most of the people who say they have one get it after rebooting after installing Service Pack 2, which I don't think I did. Then again, Windows is always doing those automatic updates, so who knows.

    Basically, here is my deal - my computer was working basically fine, no viruses (have Norton) or anything, the only strange thing was that MSN Messenger was working oddly and wasn't recognizing the display picture and giving me odd messages when I tried to send files. I left for a day and when I came back, PECO had shut off my energy because I forgot to pay the bill. I paid the bill, got my electricity back on, but now when I reboot I get the c000021a error. Sometimes, it starts making the "train noises" it does when it's installing an update, but still, same error every time.

    I have been hunting around for the XP CD and when I find it, I'm going to try the Repair install, but is there anything to try in the meantime? When I try to boot into Safe Mode, it gives me a long list of drivers, then hangs, then c000021a again. Can I back up my files before doing the repair install by going into DOS? Which option do I use for DOS on the XP (I'm more familiar with 98)? And how would I copy files to CD in DOS, since I do not have a floppy disk drive (or should I go by one? But it probably wouldn't install in DOS anyhow).

    And if one of those updates is the cause of this, how do I shut off the automatic updates????
     
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    and if I do a System Restore, will I lose data?
     
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