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Yesterday I decided to revitalize my old computer. This meant adding 2GB of RAM and a brand new 2TB Hard Drive. After installing the hardware, I Booted up to install Vista Home Basic on the drive. After partitioning the drive I selected the partition I wanted to write Vista on to. After installation completed, I was on Vista and everything seemed to be working fine. However, when I began to try to customize the settings, I found that when I clicked any of the categories in Control Pannel, none would open up. I also noticed that the image of the programs running were in the taskbar but not the names. The computer also ran extremely slow for having 4GB of RAM. Does anyone have any ideas as to what I should do? Any help is appreciated, thanks!!
 

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Some type of hardware issue which prevented the OS from installing properly. I would start by testing the hardware. First the RAM (one stick at a time if possible), and the HDD using the drive manufacturers disk tools. If everything tests good, try a fresh install.
 

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Hi UncleConker,

I second what Dogg said. All else fails, try a fresh install of the OS and see if this process will resolve you issue. Good luck!!!
 

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You mentioned the computer was old.. did it run Vista prior to the upgrades? Do you know the processor speed? Assuming the hardware is sufficient for Vista, the symptoms you describe resemble a failing hard drive..

This was just a fresh install right? No other software loaded?
 
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