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Last thread about many Vista problems before I destroy my PC

By tmoss
Dec 6, 2011
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  1. Been working on many issues for weeks and I have about give up but decided to give it one more try...Bear with me as I try to list all problems...Some links such as in user accounts, all of the task listed on the left give error cannot find %windir%\\system32\\rundll32.exe.....Manage other account and turn UAC on/off have sheilds beside them and do nothing.....There are other things I click on that say can't find the enviroment variable.....My network icons at the bottom say status not known\dependency service/group failed to start....I go to connect and it says it doesn't connect but yet I am online...I can't make any changes to modem/router....When I click on Media Player it acts like it wants me to install but the install link does nothing...Media Player was already installed...Try to download new one and had same problem....Already posted in malware/virus removal and ran many programs...A few were Malwarebytes, Avast, Kaspersky TSSD, Gmer,ComboFix, OTL,Grant Perms, Security Check, TempFileCleaner,ESET, and more....I am clean....No matter what I or a program I run tries to change, process viewer shows about 50 processes running that look like they are rewriting everything back....Only factory restore is on D drive and the factory restore point is not there....Seems everything I do is being logged....If I am not infected,what can be going on.

    OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate
    Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
    Other OS Description Not Available
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name TMOSS-PC
    System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    System Model XPS M1530
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz, 1667 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A12, 11/19/2008
    SMBIOS Version 2.4
    Windows Directory C:\Windows
    System Directory C:\Windows\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume3
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6002.18005"
    User Name TMoss-PC\Administrator
    Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB
    Total Physical Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Physical Memory 1.07 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 4.91 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 3.90 GB
    Page File Space 2.98 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    NewEgg has been having a lot of "Sales" of Windows 7 home and professional 32 bit and 64 bit lately... as low as $79. After Christmas there will probably be many more. Why fight the losing battles with VISTA forever ?

    For now, it looks like you may need to replace, or at least reformat, your hard drive... which could be 4 years old by now For a start, I would have all my files and folders, just in case a cataclysmic failure is ahead of you.

    Keep us informed as you figger it out.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,978   +1,487

    You mentioned a System Recovery Partition, have you considered returning your PC back to factory conditions? After weeks and weeks of hunting, sometimes it is easiest to set things back to square one.

    Please backup your data if you go with the System Recovery as this will wipe all data on C:\.
  4. tmoss

    tmoss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I'm not worried about backing up anything...But my factory restore point is not there and I am not sure how to do it another way....
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,978   +1,487

    System Recovery Partition has nothing to do with restore points. Restore points are saved points where the OS can back step in times of trouble. System Recovery is used to reset your computer to factory conditions (The way it was when first purchased). You should be able to access the System Recovery process during boot. The keys are normally F1, F2, F11, or similar that starts System Recovery.

    Sometimes manufacturers install an application that will create Recovery CD's/DVD's. This is usually only when the Disk were not included in the software package boxed with the PC. I know HP does this but I'm not sure about Dell.
  6. tmoss

    tmoss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Is there a way to cut off all services and remote systems until i can get this fixed because they keep rewriting things....I already tried to disable some services and change the log on but services manager or someone changes it back
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

  8. tmoss

    tmoss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Seems I am blocked from any of these...
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    Reboot in Safe Mode (using F8) and start "with networking"
  10. tmoss

    tmoss TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I am in safe mode....Factory restore point not found and no system recovery....seems they are using menu handlers


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