Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Interference in threads so that standard procedures which have helped in thousands of similar cases are confused or derailed entirely by competing suggestions. There's a rash of it right now, stretching one day solutions out to two weeks in one case.
The prob is not always with noobs. Other badged members' competing suggestions can give OP's pause even when they've not been working these same fixes for years or at all.
When someone knowledgeable has latched on to a post, I always wait to see if they have exhausted their quiver before shooting an arrow in myself. Too many cooks as it were...
Quote: Originally Posted by fseal
I see that happen at times. I mean I've been guilty myself but usually only when I see that the initial suggestions are likely going WAY off base or are far to generic when a specific test may get to the heart of the matter right away.
Had one lately where a person was confused about the Documents and Settings folder (Everyone is at first) and almost immediately there was a suggestion to do a restore /repair then a reinstall. :/
You gotta get down to the actual meat of the problem, do a little triage, before suggesting such grand recovery options. In this case I was pretty sure the problem was a PEBKAK, perfectly solvable with a little education/explaination, and restoring/repairing and reinstalling were just enormous wastes of time and dangerous for the user (likely to lose a lot of data they wouldn't want to if not careful).
Rarely is a repair install, or reinstall a correct suggestion up front. But rather a last resort if all else fails, IMHO. A SFC is never a bad suggestion, but any other steps can always be followed by a repair install if it becomes necessary.