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Old 07-09-2008, 01:33 AM   #1
 
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Hi! So on my 2 month old laptop which ive never had any problems with, the other day i started it up to find when my sidebar started to load, i got a message saying

"Settings.ini is being used by another process. Close the other program and then click Retry, or click Cancel to exit Sidebar."

I've searched through various forums which delegated to edit the account controls or run as admin, neither of which have worked for me.

In addition to this, nearly every application i open tells me the file is corrupted, even programs i may have installed literally 2 seconds ago...i downloaded a registry cleaning software and it told me it was corrupted before i even opened it. It also say that C:\Users\Public\Desktop folder is corrupted which has caused some funky things on my desktop, like loss of icons, and various programs that i didnt think were related to not work properly.

Please, any help would be greatly appreciated, ive spent hours and hours trying to find a solution buried in the web out there, and have had no luck at all...
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