I am so sorry about my silence. I thought I had replied to your previous post...clearly I forgot to submit or something. Anyway, that's absolutely fine and I'm really glad you managed to resolve your problem! :)
I ended up fixing my issue by reinstalling with an SP2 disc, but I am still impressed nonetheless!
Tom982 & Niemiro, you guys are doing a fantastic job in this forum. By reading through some of your threads and kind of reverse engineering a couple of your fixes, I was able to learn a few things and straighten out 2 other PCs the other day. You guys are looking at the root of the problem and often taking the time to write a fix specific to someone's issue. That's in stark contrast to many other sites loaded with canned responses and links to KB articles (like MS Answers), by people seemingly more interested in post count. Really, great job. I haven't seen anything else like it on the web.
Thank you so much :)
I am really glad that you manage to fix some other problems too! And yes, I believe that we are pretty much the only forum to offer this service. Tom works at a couple of other forums and does the same stuff, but I would claim that that's more Tom
offering the service, not the forum. A small but perhaps non-existent difference. Anyway, there are also two other members who know how to create these sort of fixes, but they are both now retired, but a couple of trainees too :)
It has always saddened me how so many computers with Windows Update failures get reinstalled, etc., when I felt that they should be fixable. The problem was, I didn't have a clue how to fix them
. So a couple of years ago, I made it my mission to learn to fix Windows Update errors, and based on groundwork by a member called Flavius, I set to working out how to fix as many possible error codes and corruption types as possible. This went fairly well, and I soon had a pretty good idea of how to fix most corruptions. The problem was, it was all locked in my head. What if I got hit by a car?
So I wanted to teach someone what I knew. And that person happened to be Tom.
Skip ahead a few years, and I've made it my mission to get every forum creating these fixes. And that involves two things. Firstly, automation and tools. Secondly, tutorials and training.
Well, Tom and I have been using special custom tools for years, and I'm currently working hard on SFCFix, which will in approximately a month and a half be able to automatically fix a large number of errors without any
human interaction once I flick a switch and enable the automatic fixes.
Secondly, Tom and I have been working hard at writing a whole series of tutorials ready for training of others to commence fully in September, no prior knowledge needed (other than a little computer experience).
So...what about today? Well, Tom and I have a private forum where we are drafting all of these tutorial, developing the tools, etc., and I would be more than happy to give you access. Please understand that you would only be seeing the first drafts, and the later tutorials are currently incomplete, so you will have to fight through typos and dodgy sentence structures, but there is already quite a lot of content. I do not expect you to take on any threads, or anything like that, this is just an offer to be given access, read at your leisure, maybe learn a little in the process, but with absolutely no obligations of any kind: you don't even have to go in there if you don't like it.
But you might be able to take a few snippets of useful stuff out if you read some of the introductory tutorials.
Please PM me if interested.
P.S. There are lots of members of that forum who have access only for interest's sake, and not because they intend/we want them to take on threads.