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22 December 2006 @ 10:34 am
Well that's ugly.  
My computer's been rebooting randomly.  I thought I narrowed it down to whenever I accessed my E drive (300GB), so I spent the last couple of days clearing it off so I could format it.  Did that this morning, and started to install Norton Systemworks (including the program formerly known as DiskDoctor), whereupon my system rebooted.  Halfway through the installation.

Okayfine.

I try to uninstall Systemworks so I can reinstall it in safe mode or something.  Doesn't want to uninstall.  It requires a special Norton uninstall program - free download.  OK - I download it.  It tells me it can't run until I uninstall Symantec PCAnywhere.  Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but I'll deal.  I uninstall PCA.  Begin the uninstall of SystemWorks.

Can you guess?

Yup, my computer reboots halfway through the uninstall.  O..............K..........  I let it boot and try the uninstall program again.  It tells me I have to uninstall Symantec PCAnywhere.  With a growing sense of dread, I open the Control Panel to see what I can see.  Sure enough, it's there in the Control Panel...but not on my system.  I try to uninstall, it says there are required components that it can't find.  Which makes sense, 'cause I've already uninstalled them.

So now I have a half-installed, then half-uninstalled program that won't go either way until I get the system to recognize that I've done something that I already did.



I'm getting closer and closer to just reinstalling Windows, but I'm afraid this may be a virus or trojan horse or something, at which point it may crash my XP installation for all I know.  At least this way I get five minutes of computing at a time...  =(







As a side note, my E drive's label is now in blue text.  Anybody know how to fix that?