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Power options problem leads to administrator problem and worse

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Cosmosis, Jul 6, 2007.

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  1. Cosmosis

    Cosmosis Thread Starter

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    When I set the power option on my pc to have the monitor turn off after so many minutes it does not work. What I mean is that the monitor goes black for one second then comes back on. This problem just started a few days ago. I posted a thread on another forum and someone suggested I run msconfig and inspect the startup tab to see if there was something in there that might be causing the problem. I saw three things in there that I had uninstalled ... nero, incd, and sagetv. I cleared the checkboxes for those three then clicked okay. That is when things started going really bad. I immediately got an error message saying that I may need administrator privelages to make the changes. I am the admin on this computer, I have been since I installed XP. When I clicked okay on that box I was prompted to restart the computer which I did. When it rebooted I then got a message that said major hardware changes had taken place since the last time XP was started and that I had to reactivate XP. No hardware changes were made at all so this totally baffles me. I still can't make changes in msconfig and I am being reminded about every 5 minutes that I need to reactivate XP. I know this was a long winded post but I wanted to be sure and get as much info in there as I could. If you have any suggestions or questions I would love to hear them.
    Coz:eek:
     
  2. The Hound

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    Your computer--brand name and model, please. Your version of XP--home or pro, sp1 or 2, OEM installed or retail?
     
  3. Striker840

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    Try to boot into Safe mode. Do that and if it lets you in do a system restore to back before this started, restart, if it lets you in, to to add remove programs and remove the programs you want to remove.
     
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