Tip #1

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Ramanuman, Aug 16, 2002.

  1. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

    All was going smooth : for almost a year now I'd never (or almost) seen my windows crash. After my experience with 98, I thought "damn this XP is stable" !

    Now all of a sudden I'm getting total freezing about twice a day.

    I must have installed something new that's causing the problem, you say. Or maybe I modified my registry one time too many ?
    -Nope : Simply, I finally got around to visiting windowsupdate.com and applied some security updates. :mad: :mad: :mad:
  2. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

    I know, of course.
    Back when I used 98, I'd format every 1 or 2 months.

    All I'm saying is I strongly suspect windows updates have a lot to do with this very sudden instability.
    I'm even wondering if, had I not regularly updated the old 98, maybe it would have proved as stable as XP.
  3. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

    Melbourne Australia
    Seeing as you are talking format (if that's what you're saying) why not try & do a repair from bootup & see if it helps or not.
    Or a system restore.
  4. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

    Santa Clara, CA
    a year? that's a long time dude
  5. Cosmin

    Cosmin Graphic Designer

    great ideea for a new topic ( poll ) catch ..
  6. WAM

    WAM Guest

    i actually noticed my system getting progressively worse with every update i put in....ive since reformatted etc and avoid updates like the plague...........not so many stability problems now.

    As for sp1...i dont even wanna go there..!
  7. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

    I will install SP1 due to the fact that it replaces so many cumulative patches relating to the security of the OS. SP1 will replace all of these cumulative patches that have been issued by MS and should provide for a more stable OS.
  8. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

    Think I agree.
    -My calculation lately has been that, if it works, I don't really need 'em.
    In any case, I've been counting on a good firewall for protection, and on ghost images for quick backups if that's not enough.
  9. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

    yeah back when i had 98 i installed IE6 and my whole internet stopped working so i had to format.
  10. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

    Same here. Except that's when I started using Mozilla instead.
  11. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

    yeah it wasn't that IE6 wouldn't connect to the interenet it's that my internet wouldn't connect at all. I couldn't even go check my email with outlook or play a game with gamespy.
  12. Dogfighter

    Dogfighter Gamer

    Wales UK
    I had load of trouble after using Windows Update and had to reformat twice. After the last time I installed them I had more trouble so this time I just installed XP over its self, kept all my settings and programs, it wrote over all the updates and I have been stable again for 8 weeks now. give it a try you wont loose anything and it might stop all your problams.
  13. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

    Thanks Dogfighter.
    -I've always re-formatted from scratch. That's because I tend to try out loads of programs which I end up not using.

    But you're saying that, if I install XP over itself, all the installed progrs and settings will remain intact ?
  14. Dogfighter

    Dogfighter Gamer

    Wales UK
    Yes all your progams and most of your tweaks will still be there but it will refresh the rest of XP. It not as good as reformating but sometimes it is all you need. Also using system Restore to a point before you used Windows update will get rid of the updates and thay are also in add remove programs, you can get rid of them there
  15. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

    Well, I finally got tired of the mess and decided for a fresh install.
    I was due anyway.

    Thanks to all of you for the feddback. :)
  16. Vorpal

    Vorpal Guest



    are you guys insane????? :p


    Install XP fresh, load base drivers and applications and make an image.

    Restore the image ever so often.

    I've got almost everything installed or located on a second drive, so I can restore an image by only backing up two folders.

    Even making a ghost image right after an installation finishs can save an hour!
  17. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    United Kingdom
    Ghosting thats what I would do. I am going to make one of my current system config, as it is OK, even with MS updates installed. I installed every single one it says. I have few problems. I think that if you get all of them then the total bombshell of a few is nullified
  18. brunsodj

    brunsodj OSNN Addict

  19. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

    Actually, Vorpal, ghost is what I meant.
    But since ghost does format, I usually call it that way.

    -I've got 2 sets of ghost (Norton's) disks :
    One is XP as bare as possible,
    the other has got the applications I can't foresee ever abandoning (Office, Photoshop, Nero, Reason, Etc...)

    I keep the first set for when these will have become obsolete 'cause of newer versions.

    -All in all, this time, formating ("ghosting") took me about 1 1/2 hrs. (30 min. if you don't count burning backup CDs of my current files on re-writable CDs).

    Ghost is definitely a must !!! :) :D