Sometimes you wish your computer were joking

By Kathleen Atkins

Trouble started with disappearing desktop icons and then cascaded into much worse. Then Windows 7 wouldn’t boot, and the error moved into a second drive, taking out the system’s XP boot loader.

Forum member Diogenes had some ideas about what he might have done to complicate the process of returning his computer to working order, but it still felt like a bad April Fool’s joke to him.

After lots of investigation and assistance, he finally solved his problem. See how. More»

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Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.