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    My Vista Operating System has gone wacko!

    This has been a week of Windows problems for me. First with XP, now with Vista. Who designs these operating systems anyway? Retarded apes?
    I have a duel core Dell computer which runs Vista. It is not connected to the Net, so viruses and other malicious software are not an issue. Are they? Slowly over the last few weeks it started showing some problems.
    The first real problem was that it would not shut down. It just kept up with the logoff screen which never logged off. Off course, I had to switch of the power to end this. Then when I want to restart the machine I got a black screen with white print telling me that an error had occurred. It then gave three options, the last one being to start Windows normally. I chose this and I got a slow start up with only part of the Windows system showing on my desk top. The menu along the top did not appear. The clock did not appear. And double clicking on programs on the desk top to open them wasn't working. I had to right-click to bring up a pop-up menu and choose the "Open" option to try and open them. This worked about half the time.
    By sheer fluke, I managed to solve the shutdown problem by eliminating a preinstalled antivirus program. I then logged onto my system as an Administrator and typed: sfc/scannow into the program window. Here is what came out:
    "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
    Details are included in the CBS.log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log"

    I also got/get a message constantly that Windows Internet Explorer has stopped working. There was one other Windows application that also gave warning that it was not working, but I can't rememeber its name.
    That's it up to now. What next? And how do I open the CBS.log file to read what disasters await me? What the hell do I do about it all? I hope somebody out there can help.
    Thanks for your time

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    Notepad for any normal log-types like CBS.

    The cause of the problem may be far removed from the software or operating system; as this PC is probably several years old, I would suspect the PSU first, a failing or weak power supply can wreak havoc with other hardware (including data stored on that hardware).

    Welcome Ibex

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the welcome. I don't think that the powersupply is the culprit. With computers though, anything is possible. It is a relatively unused machine. I think that Vista has become corrupted by the addition of software to the machine. I can't tell you what that software was because quite a lot has been installed. All of the operating systems have faults and Vista is no exception. I think I need to know how to open the fault file, how to read it, and how to make appropriate repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ibex View Post
    I think I need to know how to open the fault file, how to read it, and how to make appropriate repairs.
    Ibex,
    Hello... As satrow has stated you open the CBS log by following the path, and when prompted by Windows "what program do you want to use to open this with"....you choose "NotePad" ( sometimes you will have to "Browse" and select it ).. You can also try to run from an "Elevated command Prompt".... Chkdsk C: /R ..this option will require a Reboot and will take a long time to run ...but will repair your HD of typical errors Regards Fred
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    I think that there is enough wrong with my Operating System to necessitate a re-installation of Vista. It's not something that I'm looking forward to either. My OS came preinstalled, which means that I am going to have to buy a copy. Anyway let's look at backing up files.

    I don't have a backup program so this will be a manual operation where I will copy files and folders to an external drive. To make absolutely sure that I transfer all of the important stuff such as drivers etc, and not irrelvant stuff, can you give me a check list of folders and files that I need to move to the spare drive? I want to be able to put all this important stuff back when the operating system has been renewed.

    Thanks

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    Oh there was another thing that I forgot to mention. I'm using my XP machine to communicate with you people and its browser is damaged. I know that this is not for XP problems, but I can't expand that thumbnail to read it "Just Plain Fred". It's a shame. I'm going over the the XP section to tell them of my woes with that OS. Thanks for the effort.

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