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Windows 7: "Start" box now empty

05 Feb 2010   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

After only 3 hours of use you can't have much installed and since you've messed up the registry i would reinstall from the start. That way you know the reg and everything else is back to new.

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05 Feb 2010   #12

Win 7 Home Premium

yup your right I thought I would need a clean instal.
3 hours was from opening the boxes, coffee, scratching of head and elswhere etc etc
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05 Feb 2010   #13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by quintain View Post
"I really must read the book !!! "
Here you go (free version, unless you want the pictures), - The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion

Between the 415 pages in that and here,

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you should be able to find just about everything you need. And when in doubt, there is always the forum.

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05 Feb 2010   #14

Windows 8 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by quintain View Post
Thanks Everyone
With a combination of a little from all of you I now have what I need.
My knowledge of W7 is growing enormously "I really must read the book !!! "

Sorry we couldn't get you all the way sorted. Doing a clean install as previously stated would be the safest way. If you learned something new today, it's to stay away from those registry cleaners!

After you get this clean install done, update your drivers and windows patches then IMMEDIATELY make an image of your drive. Windows 7 can do this natively now. If you run into a situation like this in the future you can reinstall from the fresh install image and be up in running in 10 minutes.
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05 Feb 2010   #15

Win 7 Home Premium

Thanks again, sounds like good advice which I will take.
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05 Feb 2010   #16

XP Vista 7

don't reinstall!!! try creating another user account and log on as that user.
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