Okay, okay, I know we’re all sick of the computer questions in GQ, but I need help, and I’m an ex-tech and I don’t know, and Microsoft doesn’t know, and Google/SDMB search doesn’t know, and–okay, that’s enough.
I recently did a full reinstall on my Dell Piece-o-Shite Inspiron 5000 (Win98SE). Things worked fine for awhile, but recently four annoying/bizzare things have been happening:
- As an old-school DOS man, I like my full file extentions to show at all time. Easy, right? You go to any folder, go to View --> Folder Options --> View and deselect Hide File Extensions for known file types. Well, doing so restores the file extensions in the CURRENT window, but: 1) not in any other window, and 2) all file extensions disappear again on reboot. WTF?
- About every two weeks, double-clicking on certain document types will turn the icon for the file type clicked on into a notepad text icon. Easily fixed in the file associations menu, but WTF?
- On reboot, my computer constantly displays the message “One moment, completing setup.” before Windows boots, despite the fact that nothing has been isntalled recently. WTF?
- And finally, when I try to load WORDPAD.EXE, I get the error message: “Failed to Create Empty Document [OK]”. WTF?
Microsoft tech support, ever helpful, recommended another reinstall, which I ain’t gonna do. Anyone ever seen a problem like this?