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When I go to Control Panel - System - Hardware - and then click on the Device Manager, I get a System Control Panel Applet message box with a ! in a yellow caution icon with the message "Unable to load the Device manager program file, devmgr.dll."
This is the first time I have seen this error. I was just in device manager two or three days ago, but made no changes.
How can this problem be resolved? (without re-install)
What could have caused this?

I am running: Win XP w/SP-1 (plus all other updates)
Asus A7N8X Delux MoBo with Athlon XP2700+ with BIOS set at optimal settings, 1024 Corsair DDR333 (2@512),
AIW 9700Pro, (2) WD2000JB HDD using Raid 0 NTFS-Dynamic, split into four partions. Using SIIG SATA converters on the two drives.
All Drivers are the latest as well as the BIOS. I just built this computer two weeks ago and it's been great to this point.  I need a little push here!
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Question by:Krool
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by:CrazyOne
ID: 8170031
Try this

Start > Run sfc /scannow

if that doesn' work do this

HOW TO: Restore the Operating System to a Previous State in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306084
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by:Krool
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I tried sfc /scannow as you suggested. But No Results.
What is sfc anyway?
I tried restore to a known good point, and after approx 30 minutes of restore process, it ends up saying that it could not restore.
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by:CrazyOne
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SFC = System File checker
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by:CrazyOne
ID: 8170669
Double check for viruses. I would suggest using all three.

 Norton Web Services  
     Rating  = 4  
Go to this page and click on Scan for Viruses
http://security2.norton.com/ssc/vc_about.asp?langid=us&venid=sym&plfid=22&pkj=RKNYPJUIYCZRWEJGSSK

It needs to download a few file so as to activate the scan so you may see a message like this.

"The Scan for Viruses uses an ActiveX program to scan your computer. The download is approximately 1.5MB and can take about 10 minutes over a 28.8 modem.

The scan can take more than 20 minutes depending on the speed of your computer and the number of files that you have. Please do not browse away from this page unless you intend to abort the scan.
 
Downloading Scan for Viruses controls. Please wait...
 
During the download, you might see one or more messages asking if it is OK to download and run these programs. Click Yes when these messages appear.
 
Note: Scan for Viruses does not scan compressed files"
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In order to better serve our customers, we ask HouseCall users to register before scanning their computer.  By registering, you will receive virus alerts from our team of Virus Doctors. You will be able to unsubscribe when you receive your first email. You can also scan without registering"
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CrazyOne earned 300 total points
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You might have to do this

Repair
How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341

Visual aid to the above procedure
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm
Click on How To Run a Repair Install

but try this first

Start > Run chkdsk /r
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by:Krool
ID: 8170746
OK, Here I go. I will try all and be back whenever.
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by:Krool
ID: 8171315
Hey CrazyOne,
Thanks, I tried everything you suggested and it came down to the last one, In-Place Upgrade, to set things in order.
I give an A:Excellent for you stayed the coarse.
Thanks again.
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You are welcome. :>)
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