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Control Panel is completely empty & ipconfig /renew gives "RPC server unavailable"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by diablo75, Aug 2, 2008.

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  1. diablo75

    diablo75 Thread Starter

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    A friend of mine did who knows what to his computer using some data cleaning software, called secure clean. He set it to run and automatically shut down the PC when finished. Upon reboot, his taskbar was a different color, he was shown a message requesting that he log in with a user that has administrative privileges, his internet connection was gone (ipconfig showed 0.0.0.0 on everything, and ipconfig /renew said "RPC server unavailable"....even though the Administrative Tools>Services applet shows it to be "started").

    System Restore is not an option, as it was disabled a month ago in hopes of solving another unrelated problem....

    So... I'm gonna bet 10 bucks it's time to format the hard drive and start from scratch, right?
     
  2. fairnooks

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    I think you win the bet since SR is the only way I know that gives the system a shot at recovery from such an event unless the program that did the offending work creates a restore file of its own (most just use SR if they do though).

    You could try a system repair but since it seems all sorts of settings are missing and accounts have been messed with as well, it might be more effective to nuke if there's a good backup.
     
  3. diablo75

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    I can't wait to install Ubuntu on his PC...
     
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    He might try booting into the "last known good configuration." Unless that makes use of System Restore.
     
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