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most of the programs on my computer won't boot. Help please.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jude, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Jude

    Jude Flightless Bird

    I rebooted my computer this afternoon, and it reboots enough to show my
    online connection, but nothing else on my boot screen. When I click on any
    program or shortcut I get
    "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You many not
    have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
    The only way I can access my browser is by going to the control panel and
    clicking on windows update.

    I noticed in one of my attempts to get everything to boot, that the date
    was saying 4/4/2010, but I went in boot with c prompt (or whatever it's
    called) and did manage to change the date to the 1/1/2010, but that didn't
    fix the problem at all.

    I cannot access system restore, I get the message above. I look at the
    control panel, but cannot click on anything without the above error message.

    I can access my files and documents, and look at the thumbnails, but I
    cannot actually open any of the files.

    Is there any way this can be corrected without having to call in a pro? Is
    there something I can type into the DOS commands on the recovery panel or
    something.

    The computer is about 5 years old, and it's running windows XP with sevice
    pack 2.
     
  2. Rich Barry

    Rich Barry Flightless Bird

    Jude, you can try a system restore from safe mode. On next startup tap F8
    and it should give you a menu. Select Safe Mode. If windows boots Ok then do
    a system restore. If that
    doesnt work you can do a Repair Install. Check below for more info.
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm




    "Jude" <Jude@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:2B9490EE-0BEA-4B6C-9058-41BB025F3354@microsoft.com...
    >I rebooted my computer this afternoon, and it reboots enough to show my
    > online connection, but nothing else on my boot screen. When I click on
    > any
    > program or shortcut I get
    > "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You many not
    > have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
    > The only way I can access my browser is by going to the control panel and
    > clicking on windows update.
    >
    > I noticed in one of my attempts to get everything to boot, that the date
    > was saying 4/4/2010, but I went in boot with c prompt (or whatever it's
    > called) and did manage to change the date to the 1/1/2010, but that
    > didn't
    > fix the problem at all.
    >
    > I cannot access system restore, I get the message above. I look at the
    > control panel, but cannot click on anything without the above error
    > message.
    >
    > I can access my files and documents, and look at the thumbnails, but I
    > cannot actually open any of the files.
    >
    > Is there any way this can be corrected without having to call in a pro?
    > Is
    > there something I can type into the DOS commands on the recovery panel or
    > something.
    >
    > The computer is about 5 years old, and it's running windows XP with
    > sevice
    > pack 2.
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Why hasn't SP3 been installed by now?

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    What third-party firewall (if any)?

    Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this
    machine (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    it)?


    Jude wrote:
    > I rebooted my computer this afternoon, and it reboots enough to show my
    > online connection, but nothing else on my boot screen. When I click on
    > any
    > program or shortcut I get
    > "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You many not
    > have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
    > The only way I can access my browser is by going to the control panel and
    > clicking on windows update.
    >
    > I noticed in one of my attempts to get everything to boot, that the date
    > was saying 4/4/2010, but I went in boot with c prompt (or whatever it's
    > called) and did manage to change the date to the 1/1/2010, but that
    > didn't
    > fix the problem at all.
    >
    > I cannot access system restore, I get the message above. I look at the
    > control panel, but cannot click on anything without the above error
    > message.
    >
    > I can access my files and documents, and look at the thumbnails, but I
    > cannot actually open any of the files.
    >
    > Is there any way this can be corrected without having to call in a pro?
    > Is
    > there something I can type into the DOS commands on the recovery panel or
    > something.
    >
    > The computer is about 5 years old, and it's running windows XP with
    > sevice
    > pack 2.
     

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