The picture at the top *did not* say "Windows XP", it said "Windows XP Home
Edition" or "Windows XP Professional" or something along those lines.
Anyway - time to cleanup, eh?
If at anytime you have question about what you are about to do, do not do
it.. Come and ask for clarification if you need to or if you know someone
good with computers - have them help you. If not take it to a
I hope your backups are up to date - if not - you might as well get an
external media of some sort and at least get your files (documents, emails,
contacts, pictures, music, email, internet favorites/bookmarks, installation
executables, installation product keys/serial numbers, etc) backed up.
Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan (separately) with the
following two applications (freeware versions are the ones to use for this):
After performing a full scan with one and then the other and removing
whatever they both find completely, you may uninstall these products,
if you wish.
Download and run the MSRT manually:
Fix your file/registry permissions...
Ignore the title and follow the sub-section under "Advanced Troubleshooting"
titled, "Method 1: Reset the registry and the file permissions"
*will take time
(Ignore the 6th step!)
Reboot and ...
Search your registry for %fystem and replace the "f" with an "s". May be
three or four matches, may be none. You may even have to take ownership
(even after doing the above) of the keys in order to make the change.
After installing, do the following:
Start button --> RUN --> type in:
--> Click OK.
(The quotation marks and percentage signs and spacing should be exact.)