My problem is that when I choose to put my computer in Stand By mode, as it is preparing itself for Stand By it immediately powers itself off so in effect it has turned itself off. It didn't used to do this so I'm sure this is a new problem for my PC.
I've already defragmented my HDD and I've tested the ram with MS's windiag.iso utility and that says my ram has no problems, even after I tested it with extra testing (11 stages).
Also my PC won't power on immediately after it's been turned off - I now have to wait a few minutes with a extra button pushes before it powers on (loose / faulty On button or a problem with the power supply?), though I don't know if this has anything to do with the Stand By issue.
I've tried the SFC /SCANNOW as you suggested. The scan says there are unrecognised versions of files Windows need and that I must restore the original versions of the files. It asks me to insert my XP Service Pack 3 CD but the problem is I don't have a proper Windows disc because the PC I bought only came with a restore to factory settings disc. Is there anyway to repair the files without the disc?
I think there is from i386 folder if you have it on your system, Press Win Key plus E key then look first under c:\ then under Windows folder for it. you should be able to extract the necessary files from that. or you may be able to do a repair
Ok, so I'm in the i386 folder and there are lots of .dll files. Where can I find the correct / original .dll files I need to replace the broken files in my folder? Do I manually replace each individual file by drag and drop? Thanks.
I see the cab files, but how do I know which .dll files need replacing? When I use SFC /SCANNOW I get these message, with the 2nd message constantly repeated:
"Files that are required for Windows to run properly have been replaced by unrecognized versions. To maintain system stability, Windows must restore the original versions of these file. Insert your Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 CD now." &
"Files that are required for Windows to run properly must be copied to the DLL Cache. Insert your Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 CD now."
If thats the case only thing I can think of is for you to Buy or Borrow a operating System Disc and do a repair. Although I think it may be possible to use the i386 to create a disc to do this. If can do the above then you can do a repair of the operating system.
A Restore disc is only good for putting the computer back to factory settings. It will not do a repair. unless it was a Medion restore disc