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    XP Boot Problem (XP Home SP2)

    This has happened twice so far. After the kids get done with their games I find that I can't get the machine to boot. I get to either the all- blue screen or the "pick a user screen" and then the thing locks with the hourglass showing and never comes back. I tried but could not get it to boot into safe mode. It would freeze up at about the same point. The only way I could get the thing going was using the Norton Ghost recovery disk and reloading the machine from backup. Thank God for Ghost, but there's got to be an easier way. Any ideas? Oh yeah in one case it did boot and the event log showed a disconnected network adapter message. I'm not networked with this machine. I'm wondering if the kids' games are not closing down cleanly or something?

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    Re: XP Boot Problem (XP Home SP2)

    i've had the same thing happen to me, and unfortunately i don't have norton ghost, so i was forced to format. i'm guessing some games make changes to the windows registry - i think it happened with world of warcraft in particular, because that game can be very buggy at times. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> maybe, because they try to take advantage of so many aspects of windows programming to speed these resource eating games up, things get overlooked...

    norton's PC Anywhere caused the same problem on a seperate occasion, when i tried to uninstall the program because i never used it. it uninstalled a DLL that it overwrites during installation to draw the GUI. so when i tried to start up, windows couldn't be "drawn". that one was a huge <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>
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    Re: XP Boot Problem (XP Home SP2)

    Are the kids running under their own userid? Is the user an administrator?

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    Re: XP Boot Problem (XP Home SP2)

    This is my home machine. I set everything up under one user -- me. Since there is only one user it has full adminsitrator privileges.

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    Re: XP Boot Problem (XP Home SP2)

    Now you understand why it is recommended to create separate accounts for children and restrict their rights to "users" (limited users).

    Computer games are resource-hungry programs and usually their requirements far exceed ones for regular productivity programs (as Microsoft Office). More, games often are used for virus and malware redistribution (especially free and Internet-based) because most of them require to run from an account with Administrative rights.

    Create limited accounts for your children and change a password of your account. Make sure that your password AND default Administrator password are unknown for your children. Also update your Antivirus regularly (if possible, set its automatic update for checking for the updates every day), and install anti-malware program (as SpyBot), run it and "immunize" your computer.

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    Re: XP Boot Problem (XP Home SP2)

    No I guess I don't understand. Whatever corrupted the XP doesn't seem to have anything to do with user privileges/admin privileges. The games they are running are legit, out-of-the-box games. They are not online. I do have Symantec AV and it runs continuously. I do run Ad-aware but don't have Spybot. This machine is never online unless I'm running it. The kids aren't savvy enough to be doing any of this on purpose. And if they did it on accident once I would doubt it happening twice. Do you think that having them under a user account would protect the registry or whatever is getting corrupted?

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    Re: XP Boot Problem (XP Home SP2)

    <hr>Whatever corrupted the XP doesn't seem to have anything to do with user privileges/admin privileges<hr>
    Yes, it probably does. A limited user account cannot overwrite system files, whereas an administrator account has complete and full control. Games (even those from reputable and well known publishers) can create havoc. When my kids were gaming, I set up their own computer, and while it had internet access, I did not network it to my other machines. And while they did use my computer from time to time, they were under threat of dire consequences if they EVER installed a game on my computer. They didn't, and we've lived together in relative (a least computer wise) harmony. As <!profile=kaplinb>kaplinb<!/profile> has suggested, create separate limited accounts for the kids and change (or create) a password for your account. Trust me, you'll have far less problems.
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