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Windows 7: A big mess!

21 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home
A big mess!

I have been trying to fix my laptop for the past 2 1/2 days, and am only making things worse.

Firstly, all was working reasonably well 3 days ago. I spent a lot of time on facebook playing farmville using Mozilla Firefox, with my dial up connection. Then I downloaded Mozilla Firefox 6, which ran very slow and as well as greatly slowing IE 9. Both browsers showed alot of white or blank pages.

I decided to uninstall Mozilla Firefox 6, then reinstall it. I uninstalled it, but was unable to download it again. So I reloaded an older version of mozilla 3.6, I had on my computer. I tried to download Firefox 6 again but keep getting a message "....... could not be saved, because the source file could not be read."

IE9 was still not working very well either.

Then I used system restore, to reset to three days ago. But firefox 6 would not work.

I have also cleaned my browsers cache, cleaned my registry, and run checkdisk.

Now I have firefox 3.6, which I can't update, runs really slow (it took about 20mins to open my hotmail), and I can't play farmville with it.

Also now IE9 also runs really slow, I can update, can't play farmville or download adobe flash player or firefox.

I thought the best way forward would be to find a way to download firefox 6 because although slow, it did eventually let me play farmville (which I'm addicted to).

Please please help me.

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21 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Are you using disk cleanup ? Did you defragment ?
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21 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home

Yes, tried both. Still have long download times, with lots of white/blank screens.
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21 Aug 2011   #4

Ubuntu 12.10

Run sfc /scannow in an elevated command prompt (Run as Administrator).
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21 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 8 Pro

Or restore your Windows to 3 days ago when things were going well.
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21 Aug 2011   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

i cocked up my upgrade to ff6 also, see this thread for links and info how to use addons with ff6.
Firefox 6.0 Released.
if you use addons
,do a system restore to 3 days ago and then download ff5 check your addons are working , do the adons cheat using compatability checker and for double chance do the option in airbots tutorial (option three)
Firefox - Workarounds for Add-On incompatiblities with Firefox updates

. good luck
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21 Aug 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

You could also try flushing the DNS cache. From an elevated command, copy/paste ipconfig /flushdns and press the enter key.
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21 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home

Thanks for all the advice.

1. I ran sfc /scannow in an elevated command prompt (Run as Administrator), and there were no problems detected.

2. I did restore windows to 3 days ago, but the Mozilla Firefox was disabled, hence I reloaded the old 3.6 version I had on my hard drive.

3. I have tried unsucessfully to download firefox 6, 5.1, 5 and 3.6.2. I get the same message....."could not be saved, because the source file could not be read".

4. I also try flushed the DNS cache from an elevated command with copy/paste ipconfig /flushdns, and there was no noticeable difference.
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21 Aug 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP


Export your Firefox favorites to the desktop.

Uninstall Firefox in Control Panel.

Download Firefox to the desktop, not to another partition or drive on the computer. The error sometimes happens when installer is downloaded to an unpermissioned drive.

Rightclick Firefox .exe to Run as Admin.

Hope it helps.
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21 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home

Hi, I just exported my firefox bookmarks to the desktop. But when I tried to uninstall firefox 3.6 I got an error message that said "Firefox must be closed to proceed with the uninstall. Please close firefox to continue."

All firefox windows were closed. I also checked on task manager, but no firefox windows were open.
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