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Windows XP FAQ D
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/27/2005 | Troubleshooting | Rating:
Windows XP FAQ D Page 1

This information courtesy of Kellys Korner XP

Data Invalid Error Message

This error appears to be due to a protection problem in the Windows registry and can occur with a variety of drivers (sound cards and SCSI drivers have been reported). To fix this problem, go to Start/Run/Regedit

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\ENUM\PCI

Open each folder and look for the "DeviceDesc" which matches the hardware you are trying to install.

Right Click on the "VEN_xxxx" for that device and select 'Permissions' and then tick "Allow" for "Full Control". Close Regedit and then continue with the installation of your device.

Data Recovery 

Data Recovery Software & File Undelete Tool for FAT and NTFS file systems.
Unformat, Unerase & Data Recovery Utility for Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Free Download Version:  Restorer2000

Have you ever accidentally deleted important files from your hard drive, or for any reason your hard drive became corrupted or you mistakenly formatted your drive loosing all your important data / files and folders?

Let, Restorer2000 Data Recovery Software comes to your rescue. It's one of the most powerful undelete and data recovery software available in the market, and can recover your accidentally lost files. Restorer2000 Professional 2.0 data recovery software can even recover data from formatted or corrupted hard drives and partitions.

As long as your system's hardware is functional, award winning Restorer2000 product may be the only solution you need for all your data recovery and undelete needs. With Restorer2000 you can quickly and easily restore your data saving your time, money and resources.  More info here.

Other Tools to consider:

File Saver Pro - Recover Deleted Files
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_u.htm#xp_util

HDD Recovery:  Onsite Data Recovery Service

This site provides you with the data recovery software tools and data recovery specialist people necessary to perform a safe hard drive data recovery on your computer and or network. HDDRecovery also provides a data recovery service as well.

Data Recovery Tools - Freeware

Data Recovery and Undelete Tools 

Disk Investigator helps you to discover all that is hidden on your computer hard disk. It can also help you to recover lost data. Display the true drive contents by bypassing the operating system and directly reading the raw drive sectors. View and search raw directories, files, clusters, and system sectors. Verify the effectiveness of file and disk wiping programs. Undelete previously deleted files.

Ai Networks specializes in the recovery of lost computer based information. From rebuilding and recovering data from crashed or faulty hard drives including file system, mechanical and electronic problems. Accidental format, erasure, deletion and repartitioning. 

Runtime Software - Recover your data after formatting the drive, after fdisk, power failure, virus attack, software failure, or after accidentally deleting files.  Our powerful data recovery tools are easy to use, while giving you full control over your data recovery.

Dbx Folders

Error Message If the Folders.dbx File Is Missing or Damaged:

MSIMN caused an invalid page fault in module Msoe.dll
MSIMN caused an invalid page fault in module Directdb.dll
MSIMN caused an Invalid Page Fault in module Unknown
Msimn caused an exception C0000006h in module Directdb.dll
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q233/2/64.asp

Outlook Express Issues and Workarounds
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_oe.htm
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_o.htm

Ddhelper32.Exe

The Backdoor/SubSeven 2.2 Server Virus May Cause an Error Message

Debugging

Microsoft Debugging Tools

Defragmentation - Disk

Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Defragmenter

Defrag - Run as a Scheduled Task:

A small VB Script can be used to run DEFRAG as a Scheduled Task.  This script will scan your system and identify all hard disks, then will execute the DEFRAG program for each one.  Create a new Scheduled Task and point it to this VBS file.  The task must run with Administrator credentials.   The script can be downloaded here.

To only defragment one drive as a Scheduled Task, go to Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Scheduled Tasks/Add Scheduled Task.

Enter DEFRAG.EXE X: -F where X is the drive you wish to defragment.

The only way a non-administrator can defragment a local volume is to run the Dfrg.msc console in the context of a user who has administrator privileges. You can accomplish this by running the following command:

Right click and select runas /user:administrator@domain.company.com "mmc dfrg.msc".  The user is prompted for the administrator password. This command may be useful for an administrator who wants to run a defragmentation on a user's computer without forcing the user to log off.

Defrag on Boot - Enable/Disable

A great new feature in Microsoft Windows XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. By default this option is enabled but on some builds it is not so below is how to turn it on.

Start/Run/Regedit

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction
Select Enable from the list on the right. Right on it and select Modify. Change the value to Y to enable and N to disable.
Reboot your computer.

Also see HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters and EnablePrefetcher = 1 application launch prefetching, 2 boot prefetching
add the numbers.

Also
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\ "Enable"="Y" (Y = defrag will optimize for boot and app launch)

Add Defrag to the Context Menu (Right Click)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_desc/context_defrag.htm
Automating Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows

More information: Disk Defrag and Check Disk Issues for Windows XP

Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders

Checkpoints/workarounds: Test the Delete after each suggestion.

1. Go to Start/Run/CMD and type in: RD /S [drive:] path
2. Open Notepad and save the (blank) file with the name of the undeletable file. Under save as, navigate to the file, delete.
3. Move the file into a new directory and then delete the directory.

4. Close all open apps. Open a command prompt (Start/Run/CMD) and navigate to the directory with the offending file(s). Then open the Task Manager and click on the Processes tab, select "explorer.exe" under Image Name. Click "End Process".

In the opened Command Prompt, DEL the offending files (DEL *.mpg, DEL mus*.avi, DEL test.wmv, etc.) Once done, go back to the task manager and click on the Applications tab. Click the "New Task..." button. in the dialog, type explorer.exe and click OK.

Note: Could also opt for: ATTRIB -H -R -S filename before the DEL.

5. Or you can use Process Explorer:  http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml.  Use the search function to find every handle that Explorer.Exe has open and close them (right-click on the file and choose 'close handle'). Then delete the file(s) in question.

NTFS: "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;298345

Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)

Close all open apps. Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory with the offending files. Then open the Task Manager and click on the Processes tab. select "Explorer.Exe" under Image Name. Click "End Process".

Now you will only have the command prompt and the task manager. In the Command Prompt, DEL the offending files (DEL *.mpg, DEL mus*.avi, DEL test.wmv, etc.)

The files should now delete without a problem. Now go back to the task manager and click on the Applications tab. Click the "New Task..." button. in the dialog, type Explorer.Exe and click OK.  

Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.  Use the search function to find every handle that Explorer.Exe has open and close them (right-click on the file and choose 'close handle'). Then delete the file(s) in question.

Delete - Permission Denied When Trying to Delete Folders/Files

Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/View/Unmark "Use Simple File Sharing". Right click the folder/file in question/Properties/Security/Advanced/Owner/Set Permissions.

HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q308421

HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove File and Folder Permissions

HOW TO: Disable Simplified Sharing and Password-Protect a Shared Folder in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q307874&

More information here:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/win_xp_mydocs.htm

Tip:  "Cannot Delete [name of file]: Cannot Find the Specified Path. Make sure you specify the correct path." 
          Right click the Recycle Bin/Properties/Check: Do Not Move Files to the Recycle Bin...

Tip:  Recover and Restore Deleted Files (Line 36)
         http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Delete - Recycle Bin

Error Deleting File or Folder Cannot delete (filename): Cannot find the specified path.  Make sure you specify the correct path and file name.

To correct:  Right click the Recycle Bin/Properties/Check: Do Not Move Files to the Recycle Bin...

Troubleshooting the Recycle Bin
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_qr.htm#rb

Recover and Restore Deleted Files (Line 36)
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Desktop Cleanup Wizard - Run/Disable

To remove unused desktop icons - Open Display in Control Panel. On the Desktop tab, click Customize Desktop. Under Desktop cleanup, click Clean Desktop Now. Follow the directions in the Desktop Cleanup Wizard.

Note:  To open Display, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.
The Desktop Cleanup Wizard displays a list of the desktop icons that have not been used for 60 days or more, enabling you to remove those icons that you don't want on your desktop.

You can retrieve icons you have removed by opening the Unused Desktop Shortcuts folder on your desktop.
Clear the Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days check box if you don't want the wizard to run automatically every two months.

You can remove an individual desktop icon by right-clicking the icon and then clicking Delete. To add or remove the icons for My Documents, My Computer, My Network Places, or Internet Explorer, select or clear those items under Desktop icons.

Disable:  Right click the desktop and select Properties. Go to the Desktop tab and click Customize. Uncheck the Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days item.

Desktop Cleanup Wizard - Disable

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Desktop\CleanupWiz. Value Name: NoRun, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (0 = enabled, 1= disable wizard).

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called 'NoRun' and edit the value according to the settings above. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Desktop Icons - Lock

LOCK DESKTOP ICONS

"In Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP you can lock down the position of the Desktop icons using a couple of files from the MS Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit.

Download Layout.dll here. ftp://ftp.zdnet.com/wsources/0598/layout.zip.  Place it here: C:\Winnt\System32 then double click the Layout.reg file. You will now have a new right click option.

Desktop Icons - Missing

Right click on the desktop, choose properties and click on "Customize Desktop". Internet Explorer, Recycle Bin, My Documents and/or My Network Places can be added or removed here.

Desktop Icons (System) - Rename

Rename Your Desktop (System) Icons

Desktop.ini

Desktop.ini is used to tell Windows how to display a folder. For example, enabling Thumbnail view creates a desktop.ini file in that folder which amongst other things, tells Windows to add an extra item to the View menu for that folder. Desktop.ini files are also used when you customize folders, change their icons etc.

The Desktop.ini File Does Not Work Correctly When You Create a Custom Default Profile
Problems After You Create a Folder That Is Named "Desktop" on the Desktop in Windows XP

Desktop Process - Windows Explorer Opens on every Boot

Create Separate Processes for the Desktop and Explorer

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Value Name: DesktopProcess
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = Separate Process, 0 = Default)

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called 'DesktopProcess' and edit the value according to the settings above. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Desktop/Remote Assistance/Remote Networking  http://www.longhornconsulting.com/xpwiki

Desktop Settings and Themes

HOW TO: Configure Desktop Themes in Windows XP
How to Change the Font, Size, and Colors of Desktop Items

Desktop Tab Missing

If you set the "Use Classic Shell" in GP, it hides that desktop tab.  The exact path for that flag is: GP: User Configuration/ Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Explorer/Turn off Classic Shell.

Detail View - Add Fields to the Details View of Folders

You can add other columns to the Details view of the files contained in Windows XP folders, such as Comments, Description, Category, and many others. To add new columns:

Right–click the column header of the files list, and then click one of the fields listed, or click More. In the Choose Details dialog box, you can reorganize the order of column headers, specify column widths, and add columns to display details for the files in that folder. When you click the new column header, the width of the selected column is displayed in pixels in the Choose Details dialog box.

Detail View - Can't see the Details View in Windows Explorer

If this happens to you, try clicking once in the Explorer window (the right-hand pane) to set the focus there, then hold the Control key while you press the + key on the number pad. This will reset the column width to the default. Sometimes the columns get reset to a width of 0, making them rather difficult to see!

Detail View - For Folders

Windows Explorer/View/[Select Accordingly]. Then Tools/Folder Options/View/Apply to All Folders.

Detail View (or any view) Not Sticking:   Go to Start/Run/Regedit

Delete these two keys, reboot then re-set your folder options.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags

If you prefer not to deal with the registry, you can use the edit from here called: Restore Folder Views
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Note:  Normally when Windows exits it saves the desktop configuration, including icon location, appearance etc. This setting
           disables these changes from being saved.  Start/Run/Regedit

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called 'NoSaveSettings' set the value to equal '1' to enable the restriction. Exit your registry, you may need to restart for the changes to take effect.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Value Name: NoSaveSettings
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)

Device Drivers

The best place to start is the Microsoft Windows Update Web site: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.  Click Scan for updates in the left column, and then click Driver Updates.

ATI Technologies, Inc. http://www.ati.com
Belkin Components http://www.belkin.com
Cirrus Logic Inc.  http://www.cirrus.com
Compaq Computer Corporation http://www5.compaq.com
Dell Computer Corporation http://www.dell.com/us/en/gen/default.htm
Digi International  http://www.digi.com
Fujitsu  http://www.fujitsu.com
Hewlett-Packard  http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/eng/welcome.htm
Intel Corporation http://www.intel.com
Mitsubishi http://www.mitsubishi.com/index_e.html
NEC Corporation http://www.nec.com/index.html
Sony Corporation http://www.sony.com
Tally Computer Printers   http://www.tally.com
Texas Instruments http://www.ti.com
3COM Corporation http://www.3com.com
Toshiba http://www.toshiba.com
U.S. Robotics http://www.usr.com

XP Support By Device & Manufacturer & Drivers
Information About Hardware Device Drivers for Windows XP

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    GREAT INFO! I've seen most of it dispersed.... I have never SEEN useful information at a MSFT site before, OHH! this ISNT MSFT, well, THAT's why
     
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