Being in the computer biz I constantly get asked how to fix this or that problem with XP. My lovely wife Jan is whining about her computer at the moment and me, being the fine upstanding husband that I am, have agreed to take a look at the problem.
I am pretty certain that the only for sure fix is a reload of XP, that will likely result in a trip in front of "Judge Judy", with Jan accusing me of deliberately losing all her data files hahahaha
I have seen Judge Judy on TV (it's one of Jans favorite shows), and I don't think I want to end up on the wrong side of a tongue lashing from the woman. So I guess I am going to have to tread carefully fixes Jans computer.
For everyone else though, here is my guaranteed method of resolving all known Windows XP issues.
1) Download and create a boot diskette, there are plenty available, my personal favorite is bootdisk.com (even if google does not much like it)
2) Check your BIOS settings to ensure that the Floppy Drive is the first Boot device
3) Insert Diskette and reboot the computer. After a couple of minutes you will be greeted with a black screen and something called the DOS prompt.
4) Type in Format C: and hit the enter key, it will annoy you with some silly message, just type Y and hit enter.
Depending on the speed of your computer and the size of your hard drive this step can take a while, my advice is to grab a beer and relax.
Thats it! You have now fixed whatever the problem was.
You have now resolved all of your Virus and Spyware issues. That corrupted registry will cause you no more problems. Best of all there is no way that you can get viruses from your email or from perusing porno web sites.
Computer repair places charge anywhere from $50 an hour and up. You can fix it for free using my patented technique!