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This section provides articles, links to system problem, bug fixes. If there is a specific topic, it is included in the specific tools section.

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Upgrade Problems

(Windows XP)
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Incompatible and Known Problems List (**)
Upgrade Windows XP Advice, Known Issues, and Answers
Multibooting with XP
Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft Product Activation
One Installed Operating System Is Missing from the Startup Menu in a Multiple-Boot Computer
Cannot Start Windows XP After You Install Windows 2000
How to Uninstall Windows XP and Revert to a Previous Operating System
How to manually remove Windows XP and then restore Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition
How to manually start the uninstall process to remove Windows XP

(Windows 2000)
Cannot Start Windows 2000 After You Install Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second Edition
How to Manually Remove Windows 2000 and Restore Windows 95 or Windows 98

Desktop Problem

Re-enable Missing Windows Taskbar
Taskbar Missing in Windows 95-98-Me
Taskbar Is Missing When You Log On to Windows XP
When You Right-Click an Item in Windows Explorer A Program Stops Performing a Task or Explorer.exe Uses 100 Percent of the CPU

How to Prevent a Windows 95, 98, or Me Logon Prompt at Startup
How to remove hidden programs in Add/Remove Programs Control Panel
To disable Scandisk from running automatically after a bad shutdown

Startup/Shutdown Problem

It could be caused by software installation or hardware upgraded. You should prevent this from not installing bundle of software/hardware at a time. Make clear of compatible list before you install. Always remember you press the Reset button on your PC, you are damaging file system on your hard drive, it may destroy all your files. It is only the very last method to reboot.

The Windows 2000XP boot process
Resources for Troubleshooting Startup Problems in Windows XP
Troubleshoot Startup Problems in Windows 2000
How to troubleshoot the NTLDR Is Missing error message in Windows 2000
Windows 2000 Registry Repair Utility repair registry corruption that prevent from booting up *NEW*
How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry That Prevents Windows XP from Starting (Must Read)
Damaged registry is one of the key reason causing Windows could not boot up.
Windows XP Does Not Start on a Computer That Is Configured for Dual Booting
If you install an older Windows after newer Windows, you will make newer Windows unbootable.
Creating a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition
Windows XP Shutdown Troubleshooter
How to speed up XP shutdown process?
INFO Run, RunOnce, RunServices, RunServicesOnce and Startup
How to install and use the Recovery Console in Windows XP
How to fix a service failed to start error

DLL Problems

Microsoft DLL Help Database
DLL Help exists to assist developers, system administrators, and other IT professionals who face file version conflicts with Microsoft software. Use DLL Help to identify which software installed a specific version of a DLL.

Missing DLL Files
WebAttack shows you the DLL files you could be missing when install a software and a list of common DLL files.

DLL-Files.com
Here you will find the most common files that may be missing or corrupted on your computer.

DLL-Download.com
A more complete list of dll, drv, ocx files and explanations.

Windows 98 System Updates
Similar with DLL Help Database above but it is for Windows 98 only.

Windows Protection Error

How to Troubleshoot Windows Protection Error Messages
Windows Protection Error Articles (Windows Me)
Windows Protection Error Articles (Windows 98)

General Protection Faults

Causes of General Protection Faults and Troubleshooting Tips
Windows Me General Protection Fault Articles
Windows 98 General Protection Fault Articles

Microsoft Online Crash Analysis (Windows XP)
When you upload your error report, you can check the status of the analysis' result.

How to gather information after a memory dump in Windows XP
Investigate memory.dmp file by dumpchk.exe in Support\Tools folder on the CD-ROM after you got a stop error or crash.
How to Use Dumpchk.exe to Check a Memory Dump File

Hardware Troubleshooting

Windows Hardware Compatibility List (For Windows 2000)

Windows XP drivers
Well-organized Windows driver by type and company.

Driverzone.com
Find device drivers by type with search & message board feature.

WinShareware.com- Hardware Drivers
Provide you the company, phone and email support of the manufacturers.

My Drivers
My Drivers enables easy and fast detection, backup and restore of all hardware device drivers currently on your system. Also, you can even find the latest drivers for your hardware and install them onto your computer. With just one or two mouse button clicks, you will have all your hardware devices extracted and backed-up to any folder you want. When you reinstall or upgrade your system, you can restore all drivers by clicking a button. Once after a reboot, all the drivers will be re-installed.  Screenshot

Explanation of Error Codes Generated by Device Manager
If you failed to install any devices, check the error code generated by Device Manager.

 

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