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    Brother screwed his PC

    My brother has completely bamboozled his computer, he can turn it off and log in but it's slow and doesn't have access to a lot of the windows stuff. He's on vista.

    Here's the story:
    He was lagging so he opened his task manager and closed everything - literally EVERYTHING. Now he can't access my computer, or use the system restore. This happened yesterday so turning it off and on again didn't work. He can use applications like games and Firefox. He gets error messages all over the place, when he opens the task manager he needs to close 5 messages before anything happens. He can't even shut down, there is no button to do it.

    Is there any way to fix this without completely restoring his hard-drive?

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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    System restore would have been the easy way to go imo. Has he deleted window files, most the services should have automatically restarted once windows was restarted, is there a services tab on windows vista if so check which services are currently stopped try switching them on to gain access to system restore. Possibly try a windows update ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sn0w View Post
    System restore would have been the easy way to go imo. Has he deleted window files, most the services should have automatically restarted once windows was restarted, is there a services tab on windows vista if so check which services are currently stopped try switching them on to gain access to system restore. Possibly try a windows update ?
    He doesn't have access to turn any on, he says he doesn't see any useful ones.

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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    Quote Originally Posted by hazo View Post
    He was lagging so he opened his task manager and closed everything - literally EVERYTHING. Now he can't access my computer, or use the system restore.
    Has he tried restoring it using the original Windows CD? It should have the option to go back to some previous state of the system, or maybe repairing it. CD can sometimes bypass the problems and get to restoration without getting distorted by the errors...
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    He's trying a "last resort" software which is supost to fix it, I'll see what happens after that

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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    safe mode it or boot from vista cd and system restore

    always create an image backup makes times like these painless

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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    Did he also stop all running services? I'm not sure if they restart automatically
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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    Worth checking cmd->MSCONFIG and making sure all standard windows services are set to run, then reboot, naturally
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    Odd that killing stuff in the task manager would cause the system to misbehave after a restart, any necessary processes and services should start on boot.
    What are the messages that appear when he tries to open task manager? If he has no start button then it's possible that explorer.exe is being weird, he could try opening the task manager and killing explorer.exe then hitting File>New Task (Run...) and entering explorer.exe and hitting enter.

    Also, has he tried booting in safe mode?
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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    Thanks for all the help guys but he's already done a full system restore. He didn't have anything important on there, he just needs to download his games again.

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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    Quote Originally Posted by hazo View Post
    Here's the story:
    He was lagging so he opened his task manager and closed everything - literally EVERYTHING.
    Now that it's fixed I can come out without guilt and ask, "what the hell was he doing?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowmugger View Post
    Now that it's fixed I can come out without guilt and ask, "what the hell was he doing?"
    Being stupid as always. Once he was moving around stuff and didn't plug the hard drive in correctly, didn't bother checking the part again until a week later.

    He was trying to speed up his PC a bit, and I asked if he had actually used up all his RAM and CPU, he said no, but still felt the need to delete everything.

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    When you say delete everything you mean he opened explorer and deleted everything not tak manager right?
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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    I'm glad I didn't have to try and comprehend this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by hazo View Post
    he can turn it off and log in
    He can turn it off and log in? Impressive starfox, I have to turn my computer on before I can do anything like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by hazo View Post
    He's on vista.
    Oh, never mind, this all makes perfect sense now.

    For future reference, he could always do a start-up repair - have various guides:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...sked-questions
    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88...all-vista.html
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tuto...tartup-repair/
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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Boylee View Post
    Odd that killing stuff in the task manager would cause the system to misbehave after a restart,
    It wouldn't. I think you were right in your other post - you meant explorer, not task manager right Hazo?
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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    Error Code: PICNIC

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    I was taught to use PEBKAC instead of PICNIC because people will always ask what you mean by PICNIC as it looks familiar whereas PEBKAC sounds (apparently) more technical so people assume they won't understand and therefore don't ask what it means.
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    Re: Brother screwed his PC

    Quote Originally Posted by grom View Post
    I was taught to use PEBKAC instead of PICNIC because people will always ask what you mean by PICNIC as it looks familiar whereas PEBKAC sounds (apparently) more technical so people assume they won't understand and therefore don't ask what it means.
    Why didn't grom just say, did your brother switch the pc off and on PEBKEC indeed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grom View Post
    I was taught to use PEBKAC instead of PICNIC because people will always ask what you mean by PICNIC as it looks familiar whereas PEBKAC sounds (apparently) more technical so people assume they won't understand and therefore don't ask what it means.
    Ya, but sometimes you want them to ask, just so you can tell them

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