dell4550 xp home system near death. can it be resurrected?

Shamux

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Hello,
I'm having great truoubles with my three year old dell 4550 xp home edition system. The first thing that I noticed was that when I used the task manager it would not show any function except for running programs and that I need to restart to get rid of the task manager window.
When I try to free disk space the program will stop with an error reading about 10% of the way through. The computer sounds loud even when I'm in suspend mode,
I've scandisked and defraged and used last good configuration and the computer freezes-up still and is noisey. I must have some missing and /or fragmented files I suppose.
What could I do to restore a compleatly correct operating system? What are the problems with a reinstall and the limitations because it's a xp HOME edition? How do I restore the registry so that it is pristine? Thanks----- anxiously Shamux.
 

pscowboy

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Would you have a huge problem starting over "fresh"?

It sounds like there are multiple issues with the OS as it stands now.

How pro-active are you about maintaining your pc in top shape?
 

Shamux

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Thank you for your reply,
I am fairly sporatic in my care of my computer. I downloaded the present McAfee virus software and it identified numerious infections. The quality of my gratis cable provider securiy software is suspect to me.
When I ran the istillation disk it read that it's O.S. was now incompatable with my present O.S. so that I would have to uninstall the O.S. rather then overwrite it. Can I extract files from my installation disk or system disk in Home edition? How would this be done? Is there a free or inexpensive utility that I could download that would contribute to the resolution of my problems?
Right now my system is quiet and responsive but I want to be prepared if it betrays me tommorow? How risky and laborious would it be to start fresh and can you suggest somethings that I could try shy of that step?
Thanks-------Shamux
 

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A few things.

First, put yourself behind a hardware firewall - a cable router like Linksys. Setup instructions are fairly simple.

Uninstall your providers' security software.

Open IE - Tools - Internet Options - Temporary Internet Files - Delete. Close IE.

Go to these three folders and delete everything XP will allow:
Start - Run - %temp%
Windows - Temp
Windows - Prefetch

Go to Trend-Micro's site and let them scan your pc and clean it.

Download Avast anti-virus (free), and run it.

Get MS AntiSpyware (free), and AdAware SE (free); update them and run them.

Run Defrag twice, and then tell us how you are.
 
Sounds like you accidentally double-clicked the menu bar on the task manager. This closes the menu, but if you double-click the very top of the window... it should come back.