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Thowing a Complaint into the Wind

Jan. 4th, 2010 | 05:20 pm

You want to hear a stupid story?  Here it goes.

A few months ago , I had a problem with Automatic Windows Update on Windows XP as it didn't want to download some .NET Service Packs. I ran the .NET uninstaller, but it didn't do any good, so I shrugged my shoulders and said, "Screw This."

So I went through the process again today.  I ran the .NET uninstaller again, and now I'm getting and error that InstantShareDevices is missing and I need to put a disk in in order to install it...except I don't even have such a disk

System Restore is not working either.

Oh me, oh my...

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from: evil_kieben
date: Jan. 5th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)

Well you may want to try going into your C:\windows\system32 directory and looking for a file called MSCOREE.DLL. Send that to your recycle bin and see if you can install your .net stuff correctly afterwards.

You may also want to take a look at this page:


This particular article was written with Vista in mind but a lot of it would apply to XP as well. Both operating systems have a bunch of extra default program crap running that you really don't need at all. This list will show you which ones can be safely disabled.

Of course, it's entirely possible that neither of these will help you, or even have anything to do with the problem you are having, but maybe they will.

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The Wind Answered!

from: nangbaby
date: Jan. 5th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)

I'm almost scared to try that fix, as the last fix I tried caused that annoying InstantShareDevices error and had me running scared that I had to install XP all over again...except I never installed it in first place (as this was a "big box store" machine).

Would you believe I at least got rid of the error by downloading the Windows 7 upgrade checker? After that. at least that error went away, which means I can begin the process of moving my files to the new computer, or at least some new hard drives, as backup.

Edit: This actually worked! YES! YES!

Edited at 2010-01-06 02:10 am (UTC)

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