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    About 7 days ago, my computer (WinXP SP3) began to have start-up problems. At boot-up, the monitor would dissolve into pixellated lines, then Windows would re-launch (successfully, thank goodness!). I also found a new program in start-up: %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -k . I trawled the 'Net for info. Apparently, it can be related to "blue screen" issues, but I hadn't witnessed any. I then tried disabling it, but it returned.

    Today, after installing the latest Windows Updates, which necessitated re-starting the computer twice, the problem seems to have gone away. On each occasion, the computer re-started smoothly. And, as of today, the KernelFaultCheck remains disabled.

    However, I've been using computers for long enough to know that incipient faults do not simply disappear. Something sinister is lurking in the undergrowth. But I've no idea what it may be. Can anyone else enlighten me?

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    You may have hardware problems or data corruption.
    Your first step should be to back everything up.
    Then run CHKDSK on your disk. In Explorer right click on C:, select Properties > Tools > Check Now. Same on each disk you have.
    Next you may want to whip the lid off the computer and make sure the memory is correctly seated and the power and disk cables are secure. I wiggle them gently to check this.
    While the lid is off you can clean out the dust with a vacuum cleaner - not too fiercely.

    cheers, Paul

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    I do realise that my problem may be related to faulty hardware and/or file corruption. But where/how to check for the culprit? Are there software programs (preferably freeware, in the first instance) which can do that for me? I doubt that the interior of the CPU is dirty: it was thoroughly cleaned 8 months ago when extra memory was installed. And, as a matter of routine, I make daily external backups of all data files.

    As I said before, incipient faults are a cause for concern. I would like to know how to pinpoint the possible cause(s).

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    Have you checked the event logs? Start | Run | eventvwr.msc. Look at the Application log & the System log.

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