I have almost the same symptoms as was seen in this previous case:
The difference is that for me - Windows XP SP3 does not show in my Add/Remove Programs list, but it does show if you run the "winver" command.
I tried reinstalling Windows XP SP3 and had no errors, but it did not resolve the issue.
What else can I try?
Summary - the symptoms are:
Can't browse the internet by host name. Can only browse the internet by IP address. The issue is local to one PC and I've tried it on different networks ... it's a Windows issue.
The other piece of info that is unlike the previous case is this:
The original issue in my case was that the user could not boot into windows. The message that \windows\system32\config\s
ystem was missing or corrupted was showing up.
I changed the SATA mode in the BIOS to Compatability Mode, booted to a recovery console - but did not actually do anything at this point. I decided to reboot to try to find the specific error message as I had not written it down - and all of a sudden it booted into Windows with no errors.
Only now, I have the dns issue to deal with.