STRANGE never before seen messages after boot up


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jeff

OS>XP>SP3: this past wed., my realtives pc was fine in morning & afternoon.
booted up normally thur. morning to desktop but had 2 msgs. first one said
something to the effect that " dcom service was not working/connecting, pc
needs to restart". restarted normally again, second msg. says "since windows
was first activated on pc, the hardware has changed significantly.due to
these changes windows must be reactivated.do you want to reactivate now?"
clicked yes, opened firefox, but couldn't surf net. could NOT open IE, or
mbam, or mcafee virus/firewall. after restart, the start menu had changed to
classic menu. tried to do xp restore, but a msg. said its not working,
restart pc. i installed the EXACT same intel motherboard 2months ago with no
problems. booted right up to desktop like it was never down. didn't have to
reformat. tried to view network connections, but it was blank. none showed
up. right clicked network card to check properties, but nothing happened.
same for any service i clicked on to look at. led lights on back of pc are
on. ran test "ping127.0.0.1 & no packets were lost. ran super anti-spyware
app., came up clean. i have geswall security app., & tried to open it & msg.
says it expired needs to update. there is no new version out. i manually
updated windows on monday without any problems. windows installer won't work
either. i often run anti-malware/anti-rootkit apps. to keep sys clean,
nothing bad lately. the down pc is custom made, but doesn't have an xp cd. i
have one with this pc though. if i have to boot into the xp cd, what would i
go to on the list in order to do a repair in necessary? is there something i
could run/check using the command prompt? i've read about performing a clean
install, but i'm not real pc savy, so i hope to avoid that. pc is 4-5 yrs
old. THANX for your time/help anyone.
 
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db

you might try to boot
up with the diagnostic
boot menu.

then see if the option
of "last known good
configuration" will
help.

another option is
to use an old restore
point and send the
machine back to a
functional period.

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jeff said:
OS>XP>SP3: this past wed., my realtives pc was fine in morning &
afternoon.
booted up normally thur. morning to desktop but had 2 msgs. first one
said
something to the effect that " dcom service was not
working/connecting, pc
needs to restart". restarted normally again, second msg. says "since
windows
was first activated on pc, the hardware has changed significantly.due
to
these changes windows must be reactivated.do you want to reactivate
now?"
clicked yes, opened firefox, but couldn't surf net. could NOT open IE,
or
mbam, or mcafee virus/firewall. after restart, the start menu had
changed to
classic menu. tried to do xp restore, but a msg. said its not working,
restart pc. i installed the EXACT same intel motherboard 2months ago
with no
problems. booted right up to desktop like it was never down. didn't
have to
reformat. tried to view network connections, but it was blank. none
showed
up. right clicked network card to check properties, but nothing
happened.
same for any service i clicked on to look at. led lights on back of pc
are
on. ran test "ping127.0.0.1 & no packets were lost. ran super
anti-spyware
app., came up clean. i have geswall security app., & tried to open it
& msg.
says it expired needs to update. there is no new version out. i
manually
updated windows on monday without any problems. windows installer
won't work
either. i often run anti-malware/anti-rootkit apps. to keep sys clean,
nothing bad lately. the down pc is custom made, but doesn't have an xp
cd. i
have one with this pc though. if i have to boot into the xp cd, what
would i
go to on the list in order to do a repair in necessary? is there
something i
could run/check using the command prompt? i've read about performing
a clean
install, but i'm not real pc savy, so i hope to avoid that. pc is 4-5
yrs
old. THANX for your time/help anyone.

It's difficult to help you because although you have supplied a lot of
verbiage, you have not supplied much useful info as to what is happening
and what you are seeing. Writing in continuous run-on sentences is
making it even harder to read, and throwing in useless info about
another computer just confuses the issue.

There are no actual verbatim error messages so we can't can only guess
what you are seeing.
Stating you saw 2 messages "something to the effect" is not too helpful.
What are the exact error messages?
System Restore says it is "not working?" That's the exact message you
are getting?

"right clicked network card to check properties, but nothing happened.
same for any service i clicked on to look at"
Nothing Happened meaning nothing appeared at all, and no message?
Exactly what "any service" are you referring to? The network card is
not a service. What are you doing exactly?

If you got a message that DCOM was disabled, try this procedure:

Start> Run> type the following and click OK:
dcomcnfg.exe

Click to select the Component Services node in the left pane.

Double-click the Computers folder to open it.

Right-click My Computer in that window, and then click Properties.

Click the Default Properties tab.

Click to put a check in the "Enable Distributed COM on this Computer"
check box.

Click OK to apply the changes and quit Dcomcnfg.exe.

Restart the operating system.

If the check was already in the box, just click Cancel to close.

After that, if your network connections are still missing from the
Network Connections window, you can try uninstalling the network adapter
and then letting Windows re-detect it....if you had to install it
originally with a driver disc, find it now. If Windows installed its
own driver originally, then you won't need a driver disc.

Right-click My Computer, click Properties.
Click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.
Expand the Network Adapters category.
Right-click the network adapter, and click Uninstall.
Restart the computer, and then let the system automatically detect and
install the network adapter drivers.
 

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