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Almost everything I try to do offline e.g. copy files, open folders, run a search, open programs etc etc what I get is a box saying 'Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience'. There are more words then at the bottom 'Send Error Report' and 'Don't Send'. I've been advised to start again from scratch i.e. clean the hard drive and reinstall all my discs to factory settings. If this advice is good how do I do this. Sorry about my lack of computer jargon knowledge.
 

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Yes I have all my installation discs. BTW my name is not Robert. Robert the Bruce is a Scottish Historical Figure (see the movie 'Braveheart').
 
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Lol - i gathered bud! - I'm in England! - Just didn't know what to call you!

Basically, pop in disc 1 of you recovery set and boot away!

Just make sure you backup anything you need to keep, just in case.
 

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I understand you didn't know what to call me, just my wee joke. I'm new to computers and I'm sorry to say I don't know what you mean by 'recovery set' and 'boot'. I'm not sure I have any recovery discs only the discs I got when I bought the computer. You know disc for monitor, motherboard, security, Ability Office, Epson Printer, Power DVD, Nero, Windows XP Home, VGA Driver and Buffalo (Router). Are you saying I should insert all of these discs one by one ?
 
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You need your recovery CD's that came with your machine.

For example if you have a Dell, Dell would have provided you with a set of "Recovery discs" when you purchased the laptop.

Have you got a set anywhere?
 

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I don't have a laptop I have a PC. Again, are you talking about the kind of discs I described above ?
 
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Laptop / Desktop, no difference here.

You need recovery disks, they should be clearly marked.

without those you're going no-where at the moment.
 

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It seems I'm going nowhere at the moment. All I have is installation discs, at least I'm assuming that's what they are. I don't see anything that says 'recovery discs'. Should the company which sold me my PC have provided me with recovery discs ?
 

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A8N-SLI Series Motherboard, Epson Stylus Photo R800, Cyber Link Power DVD, Nero CD Kit, Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002, VGA Driver CD Auto-Detect VGA Driver, Samsung SyncMaster TFT-LCD Monitor, McAfee Internet Security Suite 2005 Version 7.0, Ability Office and Buffalo Air Navigator. That is all the discs I have that came with the machine.
 

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Thanks for your help everyone who answered. Started from scratch, re-installed Windows XP and all my other discs. Problem seems to have cleared up. Ta.
 
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