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I've been battling with this problem for months now!! Help me please somebody?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jojorta, Jan 12, 2006.

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  1. jojorta

    jojorta Thread Starter

    Nov 20, 2005
    Please help me, I have been battling with a problem with my PC for months now. I am running XP SP2. I recently changed from a USB broadband modem to a Web Excel broadband router so that I can connect another 2 PCs in a network at home. At the same time I upgraded my all in one printer to a HP from a Lexmark.
    Since then I have not been able to use my speakers unless I manually go into services and start it there. It is set to start automatically and all the dependencies are starting OK.
    My firewall is not starting up either and even trying to start it manually doesn't work.
    When I set the router up initially I went through the network wizard and set up a second PC as a home network and it worked fine initially, but now it doesn't.
    I am tempted to wipe the lot and start again but I have so much stuff set-up on my PC that I can't afford to lose or I would have done it already.
    Someone told me that you can reinstall windows without losing everything? Is that possible?
    I have done a lot of virus checks and it comes up clean. I feel that it's more of a conflict between something that I have added but everything shows up in the device manager as working fine?
    Can someone start the ball rolling with some suggestions as to what I can try? I am tearing my hair out here:(

    Thanks in advance
  2. mrhyde4


    Jan 7, 2006
    you can reinstall windows without lossing everything, boot from cd, hit enter, after it searches for previous versions hit r to repair the installation. make sure you have the product key before you begin. maybe someone else knows how to fix the problem without doing that though?
  3. jojorta

    jojorta Thread Starter

    Nov 20, 2005
    Thanks for the quick reply Mrhyde4, I will wait a while and see if anyone else has some ideas. I am a little scared that if I do a repair it might alter something in the registry and stop my applications working.
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