"Encountered Problem" appears when trying to open any program

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by stottle4375, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. stottle4375

    stottle4375 Guest

    My power supply crapped out when I was working in Windows XP. I installed a
    new power supply, but now every single program and application cannot be
    opened. Regardless of whatever I try to open, I get the same response after
    Windows tries to open it: "[Application/Program name] has encountered a
    problem and needs to be closed. We are sorry for the inconvenience...." I
    cannot even open My Computer without this occurring. Any thoughts or
    suggestions? I'm thinking about reinstalling the OS, but that would be a
    major headache for me as I did not have my affairs in order in the event of
    such a meltdown...
    stottle4375, Apr 17, 2005
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  2. "stottle4375",

    Yes! I do have a possible solution! Do not fresh install! Keep your programs
    and settings, but simply replace all the windows files with the working versions
    from the CD. This is called an "in-place upgrade." Here is the link that
    describes the details:


    Let us know how this goes.


    Pat Walters [MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. Use
    of included script samples are subject to the terms specified at
    Pat Walters [MSFT], Apr 23, 2005
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