June 10, 2009
When booted in Safe Mode, programs and folders can be opened (limited, of course, to what safe mode allows), and files can be moved to a flashdrive.
As it stands, the plan is to dump as many of his important files and pictures as we can to a flashdrive or two, then do a full reinstallation.
A Windows system restore to a date before the antivirus update failed to fix the problem. The sad thing is that if I could get into the antivirus program, I could roll it back easily (we use the same program), but I can't. The program won't open either.
Anybody have any advice? He's using XP Media Center, with SP3 installed.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 10, 2009 09:55 PM (+rSRq)
Surprised the hell outta me.
Posted by: Wonderduck at June 10, 2009 10:24 PM (hlGBx)
What's the antivirus program? They might have a standalone uninstaller. If you really need to, you can make Windows Installer run in Safe Mode
Posted by: pxcasey at June 11, 2009 12:15 AM (vN9ed)
Safe Mode deactivates the "add/remove program" program... and the program's integrated uninstaller as well.
That doesn't sound right. Add me as a vote for nuking it from orbit.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 11, 2009 04:08 AM (+rSRq)
I'll give that second one a try... anybody else have any thoughts?
Posted by: Wonderduck at June 11, 2009 06:29 AM (hlGBx)
Posted by: JP Gibb at June 11, 2009 08:06 AM (en+Q1)
"Delete windows and install Linux"
You're lucky to have intelligent readers.
Posted by: Ed Hering at June 11, 2009 09:12 AM (MIDbt)
JP, I haven't tried the uninstall tool, mostly because I couldn't get ANYTHING to run, let alone an internet connection. I have it on a flashdrive, though, and when I get to spend some quality time with Ph.Duck's computer (in a small room, with a single lightbulb dangling from a cord, and a length of rubber hose in my hands), I may as well give it a shot in safe mode.
Who knows? It may even work.
Posted by: Wonderduck at June 11, 2009 06:13 PM (hlGBx)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 11, 2009 08:23 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at June 11, 2009 08:42 PM (hlGBx)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 11, 2009 10:27 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at June 11, 2009 10:39 PM (hlGBx)
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