DVD/CD-RW Drive changed to cd-rom drive Help!!

  dave726587 15:08 06 Oct 2006

hi yesterday i installed a windows xp optimizer tool and i set it up. When it told me to restart my computer i did and now i have 3 probs.

1: Some of my icons in windows explorer appear less detailed like there are running at 16bit colour. It has also changed the look of the my pictures icon which i hate.click here

2:My laptops Dvd/cd-rw drive now appears as a cd rom drive but im not sure if it can read dvds now becuase i havent checked.

3: Sometime when i browse the web the theme on my computer tuns into windows classic but large and then it changes back in a few seconds.

The worst part is I AN SO STUPID MY SYSTEM RESTORE HAS BEEN DISABLED AND NOW I CANNOT GO BACK. The software had a restore tool which i used and it didnt work. The software i used was called optimize xp which i got off the free windows advisor cd.

I have tried the sfc /scannow now and it says please insert the correct windows xp pro cd int he drive which i did.
I do not wish to reinstall windows xp or repair so is there ANYTHING I REPEAT ANYTHING I CAN DO? PLEASE HELP ME GUYS I AM SO DESPRITE!!!

  Legolas 18:24 06 Oct 2006

You can do a repair of windows XP it should only take an hour. Repairing XP will not delete any of the programs, files etc that you have installed but it will sort out your problems. click here choose Skip to Repair Install and folllow the directions. I have done this many times and often it is quicker than trying other things that do not work. Give it a go its easy.

  Legolas 18:32 06 Oct 2006

Ater another look at the link I gave you it seems a bit confusing her is a clearer guide to doing win xp repair

Repair installation: Running a repair install of Windows XP can be a handy way of fixing the installation of XP without having to start totally over and deleting important data from your PC. To do this type of install, simply follow these instructions.

Boot from your XP installation CD.

At the welcome screen, choose enter.

Once at the license agreement, press F8.

At the next screen, choose to repair the selected Windows XP installation by pressing R.

The files will begin to install and then your PC will reboot. During the reboot you will be presented with option of booting from the CD again by pressing any key. Don't press anything. Allow it to finish the install without booting from the CD again.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:49 06 Oct 2006

Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
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