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    Windows Components (WinXP Pro SP-1)

    I have a signficant problem with the Add / Remove Windows components feature (SP-1) that I've created myself. <img src=/S/barf.gif border=0 alt=barf width=64 height=23> I'm hoping someone can suggest a fix....

    I wanted to see if I could remove Windows Messanger via the Add / Remove Windows components. When I looked at this new feature, I was not sure whether the check mark ment to change or whether the absence of the checkmark was operative. I was going to try just one item, however, it turns out that the check mark means add or remove. In my case, I inadvertently removed a bunch of stuff that I cannot get back. I was able one at a time to restore IE and Outlook Express, although OE is broken. I cannot restore many parts of the Accessories package including WordPad and Calc! I get messages that the system cannot read various files in the C:windowsservicepackfilesi386 folder or the original WinXP Pro install disk.

    I was unable to get the system to restore back to the last Restore Point, last Friday.

    I do have full and current backups on two external USB disks. I'm not sure how to proceed. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

    Thanks a lot!

    --Bob Harris <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
    -Bob Harris
    "Seek Simplicity, Then Mistrust It!"


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    Re: Windows Components (WinXP Pro SP-1)

    I'm adding this note as to how this issue has been (hopefully) resolved, and maybe it will help someone else. I'll have to see how the system works down the line to decide if I end up having to do some more drastic fix.

    I decided that the feature that allowed the Add / Remove Programs to handle windows components was enhanced in SP-1. So I uninstalled SP-1 and did a repair and then replaced SP-1. This got everything except Word Pad, which I fixed manually.

    So far, as I noted above, the system appears to be working well, as it did before. Hopefully it will stay that way. I, like most others, hate reinstalling windows. On a big machine like this with lots of apps, it takes a long time and lots of beer! <img src=/S/meltdown.gif border=0 alt=meltdown width=15 height=15>

    --Bob <img src=/S/flags/USA.gif border=0 alt=USA width=30 height=18>
    -Bob Harris
    "Seek Simplicity, Then Mistrust It!"


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