Task Manager Doesn't Work, Another Program Is Currently Using This File

By .BillBert
Jul 29, 2008
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  1. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    I dont think i have a XP sp2 and i have no idea what a FAT-16 is

    For the Ultimate BootCD do i use a flash drive for that?
  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    I am not familiar with that program - but I can give you all free tools to make an XP SP2 CD then we can use a USB drive to boot, but sometimes it doesn't work as you computer has to support it
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Because you guys are so quick, I don't know this answer
    Does the CD work?
    If so, just use the UBCD and backup all data to a USB drive
    There re also a number tools on the disc to repair faulty Windows, and drives (testing/checking/repairing)
  4. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    I have no idea what im doing here... So should i Use the Ultimate Boot CD or the XP SP2 CD?

    I have a 120mb flash disk would that be big enough?

    I think my computer would support it, why else would it give me that option?
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    If you have the XP CD, that would be number 1 option
    Boot
    Repair (or run CheckDisk or run System Restore)

    So please confirm that if you do have it or not

    Also if you have the Recovery partition (that many laptops come with)
    Usually press F2 or F10 or some other function key that may be displayed on system startup. You could use that. But if you require backing up, then the UBCD will allow that to USB (120mb - Not big enough)
  6. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    I do not have a XP CD

    But i can not find the Recovery Partition by pressing F2

    How big of a flash disk do i need?
    I also have a external harddrive if that would work
  7. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    I was wondering if Windows XP home edition SP3 would help?

    Edited: By the way dont bother with the USB if its too hard i could burn a CD version if need be
  8. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

  9. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Hmm while you're here i have some question

    Why would i need a SP3 CD if i already have the XP pro edition?
  10. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    Cause it would be XP Pro SP3 - home and pro version both got upgraded. The nice thing is that microsoft offers it in an .iso or image file - so you can easily use CD's instead of SP2 which was floppys unless you made it on your own
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    The ISO is just the Service Pack3 (which you need anyway, but don't worry at the moment. I think BD was stating you may be able to Repair Windows indirectly via this, I don't recommend it, on this issue, backups to do and all)

    Lets go back a bit (the posts are getting way out of hand!)

    You need the XP CD (That is final)

    Either purchase/locate or borrow (note: purchase is preferred)

    I have already provided link to newegg (somewhere up there!) to get XP
    You need to be aware that XP CD will soon not be available at all !!! ie Purchase it.

    Once you have the Windows XP CD with the product key to match, then reply back.
    You can backup (to CD or DVD) in the mean time

    End of story
     
  12. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Oh haha hey guess what i have a XP CD Im in recovery console now

    what do you mean by backing up?
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    gods sake!

    Ok

    Now refer to older posts

    ie

    rstrui
    and
    chkdsk c:/r
    and here's the best one:
    Repair
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    .
  15. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Wait wait im stuck here....

    it says 1: C:\WINDOWS

    Which Windows installation would you like to log onto
    <To cancel, press ENTER>? _
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Follow the guide

    it's 1 (ie press 1)
  17. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    It doesnt seem to work... i followed everything and
    i got to the end of part 3

    And it froze at the loading screen
  18. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I've seen Windows just pause here for ages (sometimes continuing after a long delay too)
    Usually it's a sign of bad Ram (ie memtest)
    Or Incorrectly jumpered harddrive (on older IDE PC HardDrives)
    Or sometimes, USB connections connected (I even disabled USB in bios once!)
    Or CPU (lets hope not!)

    Just go to bios and set defaults (whatever the key is to get in there)
    And restart (ie push the restart button (this is one of the only times when pushing the restart button is recommended) Then just let it do its thing again
     
  19. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    what is the restart button on a laptop?
  20. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Good point

    Either Ctrl + Alt + Del keys together
    Or hold down the ON button for 5 secs
  21. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    It doesnt work
    It loads for a bit on the screen but then it frozes
  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Time for memtest I feel (not sure why it hasn't been done sooner?

    It needs to be run for 7 passes, or 4 Hrs (usually!) So please do that

    Also you might want to do another Chkdsk c:/r again from the Windows recovery console.

    Also just leave the Windows Repair in the middle, still there for the moment (whilst memtest is running (from its own bootcd)
  23. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Nearing Lucky number se7en and it seem that theres no errors

    When i ran ChKdsk everything was ok
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    OK try CMOS default settings
    And even turn USB off (until Windows restored
  25. .BillBert

    .BillBert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    What is CMOS defaults?

    edited: Nevermind
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