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I am having problems opening programs they just wont open. I mean i have tried every thing system restore wont open and Ive been into safe mode to see if that would help but nothing also i have tried doing run and sfc /scannow and many others like that. when i open (try to open) a program it says

"Windows can not open this file:

File: (insert file name here)

To open this file windows need to know what program created it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs on your computer."

I donut know what to do if anyone has a solution it would be wonderful. Oh and by the way all of this happened when i uninstalled something i don't know what it was that's why i got rid of it. :4-dontkno
 

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Also say if i was to go to "Youtube" and clicked to watch a video this would come up "Hello, you either have JavaScript turned off or an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player." What is strange because its like my PC is acting like i have nothing installed. Also its like my PC has gone back in time when i uninstalled that program what ever it was because it looks and sounds like windows 98 now.
 

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To do a system restore, insert your Xp installation disc, reboot. It should go straight into the CD. If it doesn't, you have to go into the BIOS and change the boot order for CD/ROM before the hard drive. Once there, act as if you're going to install Xp onto your current hard drive and instead, hit "r" to repiar.
 

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Thanks for the advise. Two problems though:

1: i don't think i have the installation CD
2: i don't really understand what you mean "Once there, act as if you're going to install Xp onto your current hard drive and instead, hit "r" to repair."

well i think i understand and i did that with the windows xp CD i have for my desktop upstairs and nothing happened but this is my laptop and all i got with it are a bunch of aspire Cd's and i don't know what CD does what.
 

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Most of the time disk 1 is the Operating system. What he means is when you boot from the XP CD it will go throught a file check the you will be prompted to press enter to continue or R to repair. Choose enter to continue, then you will be prompted to press F8 to approve of the EULA, go ahead. After that XP will do a search for previously installed windows, if all is well you will see C:\ windows XP "Press R to repair" this is the R you want to choose if you do not get this option then it means that you Operating system is corrupted, which means you will have to reinstall windows xp. "Hope this helps"
 

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Most of the time disk 1 is the Operating system. What he means is when you boot from the XP CD it will go throught a file check the you will be prompted to press enter to continue or R to repair. Choose enter to continue, then you will be prompted to press F8 to approve of the EULA, go ahead. After that XP will do a search for previously installed windows, if all is well you will see C:\ windows XP "Press R to repair" this is the R you want to choose if you do not get this option then it means that you Operating system is corrupted, which means you will have to reinstall windows xp. "Hope this helps"
That was a very good description.
 
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