Ran into a Windows XP machine that had permissions issues running msconfig from the run command sonI had to physically find it to say Run As Administrator…if I only knew where it was actually, physically located!!! C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\binaries http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/28425-45-msconfig-file-location And regedit.exe is physically located in C:\WINDOWS (needed to “Run As” Administrator to axe the bad disabled entries in MSConfig).
Due to the slow start of Windows Vista/7, I never really needed to figure out how to repair those installations and just kept on repairing Windows XP installations by booting the XP CD and selecting the repair option. Now that people are really starting to use (and consequently screw up) Windows Vista/7, knowing how to do a repair is actually pretty important. Unfortunately, Microsoft changed the wording on everything. It’s now called an upgrade (even though it’s the exact same version of everything). It preserves settings, programs, files, etc and just repairs the operating system. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
The antivirus virus will try to disable Windows communicating with the outside world by enabling the proxy service. There are two ways to disable it: Internet Explorer -> Tools -> Internet Options -> Connection -> LAN Connection or you can get to the same Internet Options from Control Panel. Yeesh. http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-45192-internet-explorer-cannot-display-the-webpage
For normal websites like MSN.com. It wasn’t Tools -> Internet Options -> Colors; those were all set correctly. Installing Google Chrome appeared to work fine, but then certain websites weren’t behaving correctly (due to their poor programming), so another solution was needed. It turns out that the High Contrast option was checked under Control Panel -> Accessibility Options -> Display and that solved the whole problem. Weird way of dealing with contrast, Microsoft, but at least the forums of the web saved me. Yeesh. Helpful links: Windows XP: High Contrast: Choose a High Contrast Color Combination to Improve Screen Resolution Corrupt and missing images in IE, Firefox and throughout the OS Missing Web Page Colors – D-A-L Computer Help – solution is here, the post by cooper1111 Google Search Terms: firefox internet explorer missing colors related:www.windowsbbs.com/windows-xp/65674-corrupt-missing-images-ie-firefox-throughout-os.html firefox internet explorer missing colors